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Country > Philippines > Bohol > Loboc
Date > 2024 > April
Activity > Yoga


Bohol Yoga Festival April 20/21, 2024

Bohol Yoga Festival

Location Google Map: Fox & The Firefly Cottages, Loboc, Bohol, Philippines

Fox and The Firefly Cottages

I was in the midst of my move from Siquijor to Bantayan when I got an invite from Joan to teach a class at the Bohol Yoga Festival in her resort, Fox and The Firefly Cottages. This resort is no stranger to me. When I lived in Loboc in 2018, I spent a month in this resort as acting manager. Of course, I said yes.

Bringing my big luggages on my motorbike and doing a stop in Bohol was daunting. I requested Ivan in Cebu to pick-up all my belongings from a Ceres bus and store them at Hostel 7 Cebu until my arrival. This arrangement made life a lot easier for me. Thank you Ivan !!!!

Bohol Yoga Festival
Fox and The Firefly Cottages

Getting There

Because of the Lite Ferries schedule, I had to leave the Siquijor dock at 7pm and arrive 11 pm in Tagbilaran - then a motorbike ride at night to Nipa Hut Village in Loboc, 26 km away (2 days ahead of the event). This was daunting for someone who's not really a good rider. I arrived around 12 midnight.

Nipa Hut Village Accommodation

Joan checked me in at the Nipa Hut Village about 1 km further along the river. It was an array of A-styled nipa huts around a gathering area. This is the basic style I somehow envisioned for my future yoga ashram - individual huts for guests who would spend a week of yoga, sharing and rebooting.

Bohol Yoga Festival
Nipa Hut Village

The Event Write-Up
Bohol Yoga Festival
Event teacher-poster and write up

"Siddhi Activation is a concept deeply ingrained in Gigit’s yoga practice. Through his dedicated exploration of various ancient traditions and modern practices, he has delved into the realm of unlocking extraordinary powers and abilities within oneself. Siddhis are said to be supernatural powers that arise from deep spiritual practice, allowing individuals to tap into their inner potential and access higher states of consciousness. Gigit believes that by activating these siddhis, one can transcend limitations and connect with the universal energy that flows through all beings. With a blend of discipline, devotion, and mindfulness, he guides his students on a transformative journey towards self-discovery and empowerment. As Gigit continues to walk the path of a yogi, his mission remains clear - to inspire others to awaken their dormant potentials and embrace the magic that lies within. Join Gigit at the upcoming Bohol Yoga Festival, where he will be leading a transformative workshop on Siddhi Activation. Immerse yourself in a day filled with ancient wisdom, modern practices, and the exploration of unlocking your extraordinary powers. Through a blend of traditional teachings and innovative techniques, Gigit will guide participants on a journey towards self-discovery and empowerment. Don’t miss this chance to awaken your dormant potentials and embrace the limitless possibilities that await you. Join Gigit at the Bohol Yoga Festival and embark on a life-changing journey towards self-realization and empowerment."

Bohol Yoga Festival
Bohol Yoga Festival: the Gathering
Siddhi-Activation Yoga Class

Gigit at Bohol Yoga FestivalSince I just finished conducting a Siddhi-Activation workshop in Cebu, I opted to teach this class again even though I only have an hour - ideally, I need half a day for a comprehensive workshop. There is so much to share with Siddhi activation that I can actually just teach this class indefinitely and nothing else - but I'm jumping ahead of my story.

The general feedback I got was that they liked the class but I needed more than 1 hour - I agree. With my class, I believe I was able to inspire, educate and get them to see a broader horizon of the yogic spectrum - enough for them to deepen their practice with knowledge, intention and confidence.

Bohol Yoga Festival
outdoor setting on my first class

The Teachers

There were many teachers offering their yoga specialties.

Bohol Yoga Festival
Top-row: Ann Villena (Inside Flow), Annie Aniel (Women's Circle), Jes Tadeo (Seraphim Healing), Ed Aniel (Jazz Dance)
Middle-row: Gigit (Siddhi-Activation), Krish Diaz (Shamanic Healing), Joan Soupart (SUP Yoga), Kate Moynihan (Somatic Yoga)
Bottom-row: Pio Baquiran (Vinyasa Yoga), Lenkha Rekha (Spicy Vinyasa), Rjhun Flore (Hatha Yoga), Jing Bartolata (Ashtanga)


Like most memorable events, the lingering essence I was left with were the amazing people who made it happen - they are the priceless ingredients in this stew of infused flavors. I will pursue these connections long after the event has finished.

Joan and FredFred and Joan Belgium Philippines
Without this indefatigable power couple, the magic wouldn't be happening. The event was well thought-through - attention to details, contingencies, variety of offerings, quality of presentors, food, activities and the general positive vibe. This event brings promise of more things to come for next year's event.

Kaye EnriKaye Philippines
Lawyer, yogini and mentor (to Binky), she's also smart, beautiful and present.

Jen BuanJen Philippines
A 'kapatid' to Kaye, Jen is also a lawyer and yogini. Yes, she's also smart, beautiful and present. Birds of a feather flock together? Yes indeed! I would hang out with the two of them and our talk takes a life of its own.

Kate, Tatiana, EmojiKate, Tatiana, Emoji Philippines
Individually, they are already a force of nature. Kate is persuasive and disarming in a charming yet forceful way. A cool Mom, a disciplinarian when she needs to be, an empath and an adorable human being. Even if you haven't met her, just talk to her daughters and you'll get a sense of how unique, grounded and formidable she is. Tatiana at 21, can intimidate men twice her age. She's DJ, a model, student of sound engineering and an iconoclast. Emoji at 12, holds her own with the grown-up kikays of Ormoc, and finds bearing in a gathering of free-thinking adults. As an infant, I don't think she was baby-talked. When she comes of age, she'll need a bigger stage. Combined, the synergy of these 3 is simply beyond my comprehension.

Neo IndigenaNeo Philippines
DJ, surfer, free-thinker and adventurer, Neo knows how to live life on her own terms. Articulate, logical and multi-dimensional, she's a joy to have a conversation with.

Laura PearceLaura United Kingdom
It was a pleasant surprise to see Laura teaching Yin/Power Yoga - we've hung out in Dumaguete, Bali, Cebu and now, Bohol.


I lived in Loboc for a combined 3 months in 2017-2018 and I haven't seen my friends there since. It would be great to catch up with Jeffrey, Leonid, Raymund Cal and Juan.

While at Fox, I took a reprieve from the festival to reconnect with them. Jeffrey is now a supervisor at Loboc's tourism office and addressed as 'Boss Jeff'. Juan suffered a bike accident preventing him from getting back on the saddle. I communicated with Raymond Cal but he couldn't come down from his farm and he couldn't explain to me how to get there. I stopped by Gunther's place but it seemed abandoned. From this visit, it felt like Loboc's energy (not Fox) has come and gone. My memories are just relics of a 7-year past.

Ending Thoughts

Although just for 2 days, this event was chock-full-of-magic. After 15 months of practical isolation in Siquijor, it was great to be in community of like-minded people again - like OM, like Burning Man and like the Burner parties in Toronto. I was stoked and immersed in my elements, interacting, teaching a class, engaged in immersive conversation and simply soaking-in the overflowing vibe.

I have fond memories of Loboc and coming to this event gave me a fitting reconnect with a past I hold dear.

--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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Reader Comments:

Participant 1Participant 1
"From the classes you attended, which yoga class did you like best? Why?" -- Survey Question
Joan's meditation, simply the best. Gigit's class, informative and new for me.

Participant 2Participant 2
"From the classes you attended, which yoga class did you like best? Why?" -- Survey Question
Siddhi Activation - It was different and Teacher Gigit was very inspiring

Participant 3Participant 3
"From the classes you attended, which yoga class did you like best? Why?" -- Survey Question
I really, really liked all except maybe I liked the Siddhi Activation a little less but that's not because of the class, only that it was the first class I attended and it was beyond my beginner capability 🙂

Participant 4Participant 4
"From the classes you attended, which yoga class did you like best? Why?" -- Survey Question
Siddhi Activation. It was distinctively unique and the teacher was also very engaged when speaking to the students

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More on Panglao:

Panglao Map

Panglao Local Info
  1. Beaches - Alona Beach is the most popular beach but there are other beaches arrayed along the coast - Dumaluan Beach, Bogobo Beach, White Beach, Danao Beach, etc.
  2. Resorts - 5-star hotels and boutique resorts line up the beaches from P450/night (RedDoorz @ Gaea's Apartment) to P33k/night (Oceanica Resort). The most popular one is Henann Resort with about 600 rooms (P13k/night).
  3. Transport - Air-conditioned tourist buses regularly ply the Tagbilaran-Panglao route. Public tuktuk/tricles ply the public roads and you can flag them like taxis. Motorbike rentals are popular, usually at P300/day
Panglao Blogs
    Panglao PANGLAO

  1. Kat's Birthday at Oceanica April 24, 2024
  2. Teaching 'Energising Yoga' at Jing Yoga & Wellness April 23-28, 2024
  3. Freediving in Panglao with Haka Dive Center April 23, 2024
  4. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  5. Exploring Panglao Jun 12-18, 2017
  6. Yoga With Jing And Rai At Oasis Resort Jun 18, 2017
  7. Freediving With Ben Meerhaeghe At SeaQuest Dive Center Jun 16, 2017
  8. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island With SeaQuest Dive Center Jun 15, 2017
  9. Bohol Revisited Jun 12, 2017
  10. Exploring Bohol with Metz Nov 28-30, 2015

More on Bohol:

Bohol Google Map

Google Map Bohol, Philippines

tourist attractions in Bohol tourist attractions
  • Danao Adventure Park in Bohol Danao Adventure Park - zip lining, cable car ride, caving, river rides/trekking, off-road buggy ride, root climbing, rappelling and ultra-glide rides
  • Alona Beach in Bohol Alona Beach - hub for tourists with hotels, resorts, restos, bars and dive shops
  • Chocolate Hills in Bohol Chocolate Hills - hills side-by-side shaped like giant Kisses chocolate
  • Tarsier in Bohol Tarsier - pocket-sized marsupia looking like a monkey
  • Balicasag Island in Bohol Balicasag Island - one of the best dive spots in the Philippines
  • Loboc River in Bohol Loboc River - river cruise on a boat
  • Anda Beach in Bohol Anda Beach - fine white sand beach with resorts, restos and cottages, 3 hours by bus from Tagbilaran
  • Cabagnow Cave Pool in Anda, Bohol Cabagnow Cave Pool - brackish water pool about 5ft deep inside a limestone opening on the ground, 8 feet deep, P50
  • Lamanok Island in Anda, Bohol Lamanok Island - walk on a 100m bamboo bridge on stilts to a resto area to take a boat tour to caves and nearly attractions, P300
  • Combento Cave Pool in Bohol Combento Cave Pool - cave pool with underwater cave system, P20
  • Can-umantad Falls in Candijay, Bohol Can-umantad Falls - long narrow drop until it hits a bulbous mound spreading it into a a curtain-like water canopy and down into a splash pool
  • Canawa Cold Spring in Candijay, Bohol Canawa Cold Spring - deep refreshing cold spring with developed pool area
  • Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol Firefly Tour - evening boat ride into the river to watch fireflies
hotels in Bohol hotel
  • Fox & The Firefly Cottages Fox & The Firefly Cottages - SUP paddle boarding, luxury riverside native cottages, mountain bike tours, SUP yoga
    Baranggay Valladolid, Loboc, Bohol
  • Bohol Tropics Resort Bohol Tropics Resort - seafront location, manicured surroundings, swimming pool, resto/bar
    0133 Graham Avenue, Brgy. Cogon, Tagbilaran, Bohol 6300
  • Oasis Resort - Alona Beach location, dive center, resto / bar
    Alona Beach, Panglao, Bohol
yoga in Bohol yoga
  • Jing Yoga - health & well being through yoga
    Jing Yoga The Courtyard - Airport Road fronting the church
    Jing Yoga Bohol Meditation and Yoga Center - 2nd Floor Lim Magtajas Bldg. CPG Avenue
Bohol Travel Info/Tips

Bohol FYI / Tips

  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located within the Alona Beach area
  • the tourist attractions in Bohol are far apart and spread-out. It would be difficult to visit them all using public mass transit. Better hire a van (P3500/day) if in a big group, or rent a motorcycle (P400/day + gas)
  • Bohol relies on its tourism for revenue. As expected, everything they can capitalize on from tourism is extensively used and developed

Tagbilaran Port to Panglao

You can charter any tricycle from the port all the way to Panglao (~P300), but if you want to do it on the cheap,
  1. don't take the tricycles lined-up inside the port. Walk past the port gate and immediately outside, you'll see many tricycles. Take one to the bus terminal in Dao (~P15)
  2. in Dao, take the jeep that plies the Panglao route (~P20)

Tagbilaran (Bohol) to Cebu City by boat

** schedules and rates keep changing, call for latest schedule
  1. Weesam Express - departs 6:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM
    one way: Economy (aircon) P500.00, Economy (non-aircon) P400.00, First Class P600.00
    round trip promo (at least 2 days advance booking): Economy (aircon) P600, Economy(non-aircon) P500, First Class P1200
    round trip promo (1 day or on the day booking): Economy (aircon) P800, Economy (non-aircon) P700, First Class P1200
  2. Ocean Jet - departs 6-7:05-8:20-9:20-10:40-11:40AM, 1-2-3:30-4:20-5:30-6:30PM, 2 hours, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
    +63(32)255 7560 / +63 (32) 255 0115 / 0917 638 0000
  3. SuperCat (2GO) - departs 5:50-11AM, 3:45-5:25-8:15PM, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    P 500.00
    +63 32 233 7000

Things to do, Places to go in Bohol

  1. Chocolate Hills - this is a clustering of more than 1200 hills within a 50km2 area. They range in height from 30-50 meters. What's unusual is their near-perfect conical shape resembling an individual chocolate chip. No one knows how they were formed. Entrance is P50/pax.
  2. Tarsier Conservation Area - located Upper Bonbon, Loboc. The tarsiers are no longer being played at by tourists as circus props, but instead, visitors now view them in cordoned-off areas in their natural 6ha habitat. As they are territorial and nocturnal, they are predictable on where they can be viewed. P50/pax.
  3. Alona Beach (Panglao) - Alona Beach is the tourist hub of Bohol. It has 1.5 kms of white sand beach lined-up by bars, hotels and restos. Alona is also the jump-off point for Balicasag Island, a world class dive destination.
  4. Danao Adventure Park - located in Barangay Magtangtang, 72 kms (2 hours ride) from Tagbilaran. Adventure activities include river trekking, tyrolean traverse, rappelling, bouldering, rock climbing and ziplining.
Bohol Blogs
    Bohol blogs


  1. Exploring Combento Cave Pool Jun 29, 2017
  2. Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool Of Anda Jun 28, 2017
  3. Exploring Anda, Bohol Jun 25-30, 2017

  4. Candijay
  5. Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay Jul 1, 2017
  6. Firefly Tour In Candijay, Bohol Jun 30, 2017
  7. Freediving Canawa Cold Spring Of Candijay, Bohol Jun 30, 2017
  8. Splashing At Can-Umantad Falls, Candijay, Bohol Jun 30, 2017

  9. Carlos P. Garcia Island
  10. Exploring Carlos P. Garcia (CPG) Island by Bike Dec 1, 2017

  11. Corella
  12. Cycling to View the Tarsier in Corella Oct 26, 2017

  13. Dauis DAUIS

  14. Sikwate at Daday Painitan May 9, 2024
  15. Cliff Dive at Molave Cove Feb 11, 2018
  16. Freediving at Molave Point, Dauis Nov 6, 2017
  17. The Return to Hinagdanan Cave Nov 5, 2017
  18. Exploring Hinagdanan Cave Oct 24, 2017

  19. Loay
  20. The Ride to Morning Hill Oct 22, 2017
  21. The Ride to the Old Spanish Tower Oct 21, 2017

  22. Loboc
  23. Yoga for Plus-sized Women May 24, 2024
  24. Bohol Yoga Festival April 20/21, 2024
  25. Goodbye Loboc, Goodbye Philippines Mar 15, 2018
  26. The CubbyHole: Envisioning a Utopian Shangrila Mar 10, 2018
  27. Fat Shredder with the Russian Twist Mar 2, 2018
  28. No-Dismount Climb to Cruz Daku Mar 1, 2018
  29. Jeffrey's Cardio Program Feb 26, 2018
  30. SUP Yoga with Lalah de Dios at Fox and the Firefly Feb 25, 2018
  31. Bike Ride with Juan Huerte: Loboc, Sikatuna, Corella and Baclayon Feb 25, 2018
  32. CT Scan Result Feb 23, 2018
  33. The Silent Killer has Arrived Feb 19-22, 2018
  34. 24+ Days at Lyn's Backpackers Inn Jan 23 - Feb 16, 2018
  35. All Day Fun with the Loboc Crew Feb 11, 2018
  36. 20-Minute Rope Skipping w/ Pranayama and Meditation Feb 9, 2018
  37. Calisthenics with Jeffrey Feb 7, 2018
  38. Abs-Core Workout with Jeffrey Feb 5, 2018
  39. High Intensity Cardio Workout Feb 2, 2018
  40. Ride to the Landslide with Jeffrey Jan 31, 2018
  41. Farm Tour with Mr. Raymond Cal Jan 29, 2018
  42. Cacao Drum Roasting Jan 27, 2018
  43. Making Sikwate: from cacao fruit to a hot dark chocolate drink Jan 25, 2018
  44. 5 Weeks at the Fox and Firefly Cottages Dec 13, 2017 - Jan 23, 2018
  45. In-House Yoga Teacher at the Fox and Firefly Cottages Jan 22-Mar 14, 2018
  46. Mountain Bike Rides from Tagbilaran to Loboc Jan 18, 2018
  47. Firefly Tour on a Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Dec 19, 2017
  48. Playing Mountain Bike Tour Optimizer Dec 18, 2017
  49. Back to Loboc Dec 13-17, 2017
  50. 37 Days in Loboc - Thank You and Goodbye Oct 8-Nov 14, 2017
  51. Exploring Busay Falls, Loktob Spring And Jimili-An Spring Nov 11, 2017
  52. Stand-Up Paddle Yoga with Joan Christine Nov 3, 2017
  53. SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Bohol Oct 29, 2017
  54. Exploring Guimba and Sog-ong Caves of Loboc Oct 22, 2017
  55. Ziplining and Cable Car Ride at Eco-Tourism Adventure Park Oct 22, 2017
  56. Savouring Villagio Pizza Oct 19, 2017
  57. Wet and Wild Bonbon-Alegria Downhill Ride Oct 18, 2017
  58. River Cruise on Loboc River Oct 17, 2017
  59. Back Road Ride To Loay Oct 17, 2017
  60. Leisurely Ride to Loktob Spring Oct 14, 2017
  61. Sweet Ride to Busay Falls Oct 13, 2017
  62. Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017
  63. The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017
  64. Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

  65. Panglao PANGLAO

  66. Kat's Birthday at Oceanica April 24, 2024
  67. Teaching 'Energising Yoga' at Jing Yoga & Wellness April 23-28, 2024
  68. Freediving in Panglao with Haka Dive Center April 23, 2024
  69. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  70. Exploring Panglao Jun 12-18, 2017
  71. Yoga With Jing And Rai At Oasis Resort Jun 18, 2017
  72. Freediving With Ben Meerhaeghe At SeaQuest Dive Center Jun 16, 2017
  73. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island With SeaQuest Dive Center Jun 15, 2017
  74. Bohol Revisited Jun 12, 2017
  75. Exploring Bohol with Metz Nov 28-30, 2015

  76. San Miguel
  77. Visiting Bayongan Lake Nov 22, 2017

  78. Sevilla
  79. Killer MTB Ride from Sevilla Oct 30, 2017

  80. Sikatuna
  81. Solo Ride To The Sikatuna Tree Park Nov 2, 2017

  82. Tagbilaran TAGBILARAN

  83. May Snapshots: Stairway to Heaven May 2024
  84. May 2024: Carinderia food May 2024
  85. Moving to Taloto, Tagbilaran City May 19, 2024
  86. Yoga and Meditation for Kids May 7, 2024
  87. Dalareich Chocolate House Revisited May 4, 2024
  88. Kat's Community Invite Apr 28 - May 19, 2024
  89. 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  90. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  91. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  92. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  93. Chocolate Overload At Dalareich Chocolate House Oct 2, 2017
  94. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  95. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  96. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  97. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  98. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga Sept 12, 2017
  99. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  100. Hello Tagbilaran! Jun 19-25, 2017

  101. Ubay Ubay


  102. Goodbye and Thank You, Ubay Nov 14-Dec 13, 2017
  103. Visiting the Ubay Stock Farm Dec 8, 2017
  104. Exploring Cambugsay Healing Hills with Lars Jensen Nov 22, 2017
  105. Visiting Ubay Green Park Nov 18, 2017
  106. The Ride to Sinandigan Boardwalk and the Yamashita Treasure Hunt Nov 18, 2017
  107. Ubay Life Nov 17, 2017
  108. In Search of the Next Destination Nov 14, 2017
  109. 2 Days in Ubay Jul 1-3, 2017
  110. Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay Jul 1, 2017

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