Her owner caressing Prony

Prony the Python, Baclayon Church and Blood Compact Site

PRONY THE PYTHON

Prony the python is recognized by 2011 Guinness World Records as the longest python in captivity.  She was captivated in a local cemetery in 1996 and now lives in a steel cage owned by its captor, Sofronio Salibay, in Alburquerque, Bohol

Prony measures  23 feet and weighs 300 kg and grows even more every year!  Who wouldn’t?  Prony eats two adult goats or a white pig every month.  After then, he could go to slumberland for the next month.  She was awake when we visited her and we were hesitant to go near her so one of her owners showed us that she is not dangerous by kissing her.  Yes, she kissed a python!

Her owner caressing Prony
Her owner caressing Prony

What sets visiting Prony the Python different from other zoos is its caretaker, Marimar.  Marimar performed a unique and “death defying” song and dance number as an introduction to the tour.

Marimar climbed a tree while performing a Mariah Carey song
Marimar climbed a tree while performing a Mariah Carey song

Prony the Python Charges:

  • Entrance Fee – 20.00 / pax

BACLAYON CHURCH

Off to our second to the last destination for the day, we went to Baclayon Church or Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.  Baclayon Church is one of the oldest churches in the country with records showing that it was built in the late 15th century.  It was built by locals forced by Spanish regime to gather coral stones, cut to blocks and pile together.

Baclayon Church facade
Baclayon Church facade

Baclayon Church has been a steady symbol and witness of Bohol’s history but another interesting thing about the church is an image of the saint that mysteriously appeared in one of its exterior side walls.  We were not able to go inside the church since it was closed.

Padre Pio in side walls of the church
Padre Pio in side walls of the church

Baclayon Church Charges:

        none

BLOOD COMPACT SITE

Our last destination was another historical site in Bohol – The Blood Compact Monument.  Blood compact  monument is the site where the Spanish explorer, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and the then chieftain of Bohol, Datu Sikatuna performed “Sandugo” or Blood Compact as a sign of their friendship.

Sandugo Site
Sandugo Site

Blood Compact Site Charges:

        none

This article is one of my 13-part Bohol travel series.  For more Bohol reads, check-out these links:

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