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Country > Philippines > Bohol > Tagbilaran
Date > 2024 > April
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Kat's Community Invite Apr 28 - May 19, 2024

Kat's Community Invite

Location Google Map: Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines

The Cliff-hanger Invite
Feeling like I've already exhausted Bohol's abundance with all the events I'd been invited to with nothing else on the horizon, I bought a boat ticket for Cebu City and secured the Coastguard documents for my motorbike. But just hours before boarding the boat, I got a message from Kat, "I just wanted to check if you're interested to stay a few more days in Bohol. We can discuss the possibility of building a community here. You can stay in one of the rooms for free, with aircon, wifi, hot shower and a bed." Whoa!!! What a last minute cliff hanger. I made a stop to see Kat. Without much deliberation on my part, I let the boat leave without me.

Modular Container Home
I stayed at Kat's modular container home within her family compound. Even the family house was a huge interconnection of several containers on 3 levels. Think "LEGO" with these containers - you can interconnect and build according to the shape and form you want. Since this was also Kat's business, she spared no container to make something massive for a 'home' - this was also to showcase modular homes to her prospective clients.

I met Kat as Kaye/Jen's tag-along at Oceanica Resort for her birthday celebration. She was radiantly positive and powerful. It was good connection at the very outset. I somehow figured she would play a role in the days to come.

Kat was the Chief of Staff to the former Governor of Bohol. She's well connected in Bohol politics/business at the higher and local levels. She's also well respected - people listen when she talks. She knows the who's who of Bohol and can influence the movers and shakers of the province. Kat can be a staunch ally or a formidable foe - choose your wild.

The first 3 days into my stay, we just talked about everything under the sun - AI, crypto-currency, community building, ascension to Godhead, yoga, meditation, evolution, etc. I didn't even bother to ask her what her specifics were for me. It didn't feel urgent nor as compelling as sensing each other's vibration, headspace, vision and motivation.

Kat's Family
During my stay here, I was treated like an extra member of the family. Kat's Dad, Mom and daughter, Binky, are just amazing. They are all tightly woven as a family. Nothing is mechanical about how they treat each other. Kat's Dad is doctor who plays poker and Tennis regularly with his tightly knit friends. He spends a lot of time tutoring Bingky and takes her to school. They are all very involved with each other. You could feel the affection and love. It's so ideal you would think it's a scene from a movie.

Hanging with Rahel/Erica
On my 3rd day, Kat took me along with her daughter Bingky to hang out with Rahel and Erica, 2 people I also met at the Bohol Yoga Festival. We 'exercised' walking the length of the old airport and then hanging out at Rahel's place for a swim and dinner. The house was a sprawling Bali-style bungalow - wide open concept, exposed wooden beams, earthy feel, etc. The architectural design can make it to the pages of Architectural Digest.

Being with 3 ladies, there would be moments I would feel out of place when they begin talking about make-up and other female stuff, but it was all good.

May 1 was Fiesta. The family took me along to their friend's house for some major eats. Tucked into the narrow winding side streets of Tagbilaran is this massive property with various commercial fish ponds, tennis court and a palacial home. I was told the owner has major businesses totalling 15,000 employees just in Bohol. The other attendees there were no less in stature - resort owners, hotel owners and other prominent businesses. These are the big wigs of Bohol. But they were all down to earth and downright pleasant - absolutely no airs.

fiesta lunch with Kat's Dad and Mom

"What Role Do I Play?"
It was not until the 4th day when I finally asked her, "Kat, in a perfect world for you, what role do I play?". I already had a sense what it was, but I wanted it to come from her. She has many visions and aspirations but for one person to do all, she would spread herself thin. My core function was to help her community development program through my yoga/medidation. On a broader reach, I would be an enabler. I am comfortable playing that role.

Kat's Community Invite
with Kat in one of our many talks

Moving Out
I knew from the outset that I wasn't going to live in Kat's place indefinitely. Since I already decided to live in Bohol, I had to find a place of my own, the sooner the better. Since my Kids Yoga project with Kat extended to June 21, she agreed to let me stay that long. But I didn't want to start looking on June 21. For my P6k budget for Tagbilaran, Bohol's big city, I could only get a very small room with toilet - no kitchen, no extra space other than the bed. So, when I found a space with a bedroom, a working kitchen and a space for eating, I knew it was a deal. Additionally, it was only 2 km from Kat and only 1.6 km from Tubig Daku where I could do my morning yoga. I also wanted to have my own place by the time Marky arrived with all my stuff from Cebu City. I moved on May 19, staying a total of 21 days at Kat's place.

Ending Thoughts
When Kat invited me, I saw it as divinity answering my call to "Let me know where I go. Make it clear in no uncertain terms. Command me and I will not say no!". There has to be a human conduit because there won't be a voice emanating from thin air to give me the message I was waiting for. At this point in Kat's life and mine, we needed each other (nothing romantic) and we manifested each other. This turns the page of my life to the next chapter.

--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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More on Tagbilaran:

Tagbilaran Map

Tagbilaran Local Info
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Tagbilaran to Cebu by Boat
  1. Lite Ferries (Roro)
    T-Th-Sun, departs 11:59pm, 5 hours, arrives 5 am
    Daily, departs 12 noon, arrives 5pm
    As a Roro, you can load your motorbike or car, no Senior Citizen discount for online ticket purchase
  2. Ocean Jet - 2 hours, departs 10:40 am, arrives 12:40 pm, Pier 1 Cebu

Tagbilaran Blogs
    Tagbilaran TAGBILARAN

  1. May Snapshots: Stairway to Heaven May 2024
  2. May 2024: Carinderia food May 2024
  3. Moving to Taloto, Tagbilaran City May 19, 2024
  4. Yoga for Grown ups May 27 - June 21, 2024
  5. Yoga and Meditation for Kids May 7, 2024
  6. Dalareich Chocolate House Revisited May 4, 2024
  7. Kat's Community Invite Apr 28 - May 19, 2024
  8. 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  9. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  10. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  11. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  12. Chocolate Overload At Dalareich Chocolate House Oct 2, 2017
  13. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  14. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  15. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  16. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  17. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga Sept 12, 2017
  18. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  19. Hello Tagbilaran! Jun 19-25, 2017

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 for Grown ups May 27 - June 21, 2024
  87. Yoga and Meditation for Kids May 7, 2024
  88. Dalareich Chocolate House Revisited May 4, 2024
  89. Kat's Community Invite Apr 28 - May 19, 2024
  90. 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  91. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  92. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  93. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  94. Chocolate Overload At Dalareich Chocolate House Oct 2, 2017
  95. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  96. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  97. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  98. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  99. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga Sept 12, 2017
  100. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  101. Hello Tagbilaran! Jun 19-25, 2017

  102. Ubay Ubay


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