By LIGALIG MIKE ORTEGA
A National Geographic travel book, published in 2016, has picked Bohol’s Chocolate Hills as one of the “most wild and beautiful places” on earth.
Exclusively available on the official National Geographic website, the book, Wild Beautiful Places (Picture-Perfect Journeys Around the Globe), features some of the most beautiful secrets of planet Earth, and author George Stone, after seeing Bohol’s majestic hills, writes:
“The conical Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island in the Philippines are a mystery of nature. The estimated 1,776 grass-covered, coral limestone karst domes are nearly uniform in shape. And though lush foliage paints the mounds a vibrant green much of the year, in the driest months the rain-starved landscape resembles row after row of giant chocolate drops.”
Stone is editor-in-chief of National Geographic Travel and of National Geographic Traveler magazine, according to nationalgeographic.com. The site also said that Stone “has worked as a writer and editor for Traveler for 18 years, and he is also the author of two books published by National Geographic, From Mist and Stone: The Folklore of the Celts and Vikings and Raging Forces: Life on a Violent Planet. Stone has spent the last three years in Singapore as an editor-at-large for Traveler covering global travel trends and emerging markets.”
In the book, Bohol’s Chocolate Hills was extolled for its natural, exotic beauty alongside world-famous places such as Molokai, Hawaii; Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada; Mount Roraima, Venezuela; Canyonlands National Park, Utah; Southern Peru; Canyonlands National Park, Utah; Jujuy Province, Argentina; Faroe Islands, Denmark; Engadine Valley, Switzerland; Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia; Nile Valley, Egypt; Samburu District, Kenya; Skeleton Coast, Namibia; Davit Gareja Caves, Georgia; Gangtey Valley, Bhutan; Waitomo Caves, New Zealand; and Weddell Sea, Antarctica.
In introducing the book to millions of adventurers, National Geographic encapsulates the pages of the full-colored book: “Experience the world’s most wild, remote, beautiful places with shots by National Geographic photographers and vintage photos pulled from the National Geographic archives. Highlighting 50 of Earth’s most pristine, scenic locales, this beautiful book is illustrated with stunning images, coupled with accessible, engaging descriptions and practical travel information.”
“The book covers everything from otherworldly, secluded valleys to far-flung, soaring mountain ranges. National Geographic photographers share some of their favorite shots from around the world and explain how they got them, and historical photos culled from National Geographic’s hallowed image archive highlight old Society explorations in rugged, distant locations, and give a glimpse into the bygone days of these exotic places,” according to National Geographic, the world’s leader in travel, geography, and exploration.
Founded in 1888 and headquartered in Washington D.C. in the United States of America, the National Geographic Society, which publishes the monthly National Geographic Magazine, has been cited as one of the most iconic institutions in the world and its National Geographic brand name has deeply embedded into the minds of most human beings.