One of the majestic sites that both Filipino travelers and foreigners look forward to visiting in Bohol is the Dagohoy Marker. This pristine and appealing cave is such an enthralling natural wonder coupled with rich historical significance that it continues to mesmerize visitors of all kinds.
The Francisco Dagohoy Cave is particularly popular in Bohol due to its rich historical value to the people of the province. The cave is named after Filipino patriot, Francisco Dagohoy, who led the longest revolt in Philippine History. His rebellion lasted 85 years from 1744 to 1829. Local inhabitants claim that the cave served as the patriot’s hideout during the rebellion and fight against the Spaniards back in the 18th Century. Dagohoy and his men were mostly Boholano natives, used the cave as a hideout and as their headquarters for the length of their revolt. Suitably enough, the cave has an underwater passage that leads to dry land, which became useful every time Dagohoy and his rebels had to escape the raid of the cave by the Spaniards.
The opening of the Dagohoy Cave is about 17 meters high, which allows visitors to have a good view of its crystal-filled passages. Inside the passages, a stream can be found that leads to the River of Wahig in Bohol. Visitors who are curious about the cave will be able to enter and be fascinated by its stalagmites and stalactites. These can only be seen with the aid of lanterns and flashlights. No lights were installed even for tourist purposes as the management wanted to completely preserve the authenticity of the cave. Guests can also be freaked out by the skeletons of the rebels who died inside the said cave. Stories say that some of Dagohoy’s followers preferred death inside the cave instead of surrendering to the Spaniards.
To honor the cave’s rich significance and the heroism of Dagohoy himself, the Philippine Historical Commission decided to place a monument of Dagohoy on a plateau located near the cave. It was eventually named the Dagohoy Marker. The establishment of the marker symbolizes the bravery and courage that Francisco Dagohoy and his men showed when they fought for the freedom and independence of the Boholanos. Today the marker in Danao is amidst an awesome view of Bohol’s mountains and hills that provide a great hangout for those who would want to visit.
To get to the Dagohoy Cave, visitors will need to walk about 5 kilometers from Baranggay Magtanghoy in Danao. The cave is situated in between the majestic mountains that surround Bohol about 92 kilometers away from Tagbilaran City. Despite the cave being quite inaccessible, visitors continue to flock the place to merely admire the beauty and historical significance of the Francisco Dagohoy Cave.
The Dagohoy Marker is one of Bohol’s most admired historical spots that travelers look forward to see. The streams and the amazing views around the cave give a sense of relaxation and serenity despite the intense rebellion that transpired inside. Visiting the cave is truly an experience that combines tranquility and the passion of those who once lived in it in one particular venue.