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The Francisco Dagohoy Cave in Danao, Bohol


The Francisco Dagohoy Cave in Danao was the headquarters of Dagohoy. One of the many crystal-studded passages within Dagohoy's cave has an underwater route leading to dry land, and it is said that every time Spaniards would search the cave, Dagohoy would swim underwater through this passage to hide in the breathing space.

by Jane Dacumos on September 04, 2012
The Francisco Dagohoy Cave in Danao, Bohol

The Francisco Dagohoy Cave in Danao was the headquarters of Dagohoy. One of the many crystal-studded passages within Dagohoy's cave has an underwater route leading to dry land, and it is said that every time Spaniards would search the cave, Dagohoy would swim underwater through this passage to hide in the breathing space.

A Boholano Hero – Francisco Dagohoy

Francisco Dagohoy, born Francisco Sendrijas, was a Boholano who holds the distinction of having led the longest revolt in Philippine history, the Dagohoy Rebellion. This rebellion against the Spanish colonial government took place in the island of Bohol from 1744 to 1829, roughly 85 years.

Little is known of Francisco Dagohoy's parentage, or his early life. The only information known is that his real name was Francisco Sendrijas and that he was a native of Inabanga, Bohol. He was also a cabeza de barangay, or one of the barangay captains of the town. The name Dagohoy is a concatenation of the Visayan phrase, Dagon sa huyuhoy or talisman of the breeze in English.

Legacy

  • Dagohoy is acknowledged in the pages of Philippine history as the leader of the longest insurrection on record. His revolt lasted 85 years (1744–1829).
  • The town of Dagohoy, Bohol is named in his honor. It was the former President Carlos P. Garcia, then the Vice President, a Boholano, who proposed the name "Dagohoy" in his honor.
  • A historical marker on Dagohoy's grave in the mountains of Danao, Bohol has been installed in his honor. The Dagohoy Marker in Magtangtang, Danao, Bohol, 92 km. from the Tagbilaran City was installed by the Philippine Historical Commission to honor the heroic deeds of Dagohoy. Magtangtang was Dagohoy's headquarters or hideout during the revolt. Hundreds of Dagohoy's followers preferred death inside the cave than surrender. Their skeletons still remain in the site.
  • The Dagohoy Memorial National High School in Dagohoy, Bohol is named in his honor.

Getting Around Bohol

Once you arrive in Bohol, there are various ways to get around the island. You can find plenty of tricycles and some taxis waiting to bring you to most locations within Tagbilaran and neighboring towns. If you need to go to one of the other towns on the island, you have a choice of jeepneys, busses, V-hires, or even habal-habal. Bilar town where Rajah Sikatuna National Park (RSNP) located, is an interior town located 41 kilometers Northeast of Tagbilaran City.

Planning a Trip to Bohol

By Air: The main entry point to Bohol is Tagbilaran City (Tagbilaran City Airport) which is only a one-hour-and-15-minute flight from Manila and 20 minutes from Cebu.

By Sea: The most convenient way to get to Bohol from the neighboring islands is by fast ferry. Fast ferries offer a high speed passenger service. These have a cruising speed of about 50 kilometers per hour. 

Nearest accomodations in Franciso Dagohoy Cave in Danao (within 42km)

  • Nalusuan Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary - Olango Reef, Cordova Mactan, Cebu, Philippines
  • Talima Beach Villas & Dive Resort - Talima Fish Sanctuary, Olango Island, Lapu-Lapu City, Olango Island, Cebu, Philippines 6015
  • Plantation Bay Resort & Spa - Marigondon, Mactan Island, Marigondon, Cebu, Philippines 6015
  • Pacific Cebu Resort - Mactan Island Lapu-Lapu City, Suba - Basbas, Cebu, Philippines 6015
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