Loboc River

The Loboc River (also called Loay River[1]) is a river in the Bohol province of the Philippines. It is one of the major tourist destinations of Bohol.

Loboc River
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Loboc River is located in Visayas
Loboc River
Loboc River is located in Philippines
Loboc River
Location
CountryPhilippines
RegionCentral Visayas
ProvinceBohol
Physical characteristics
Source 
 • locationCarmen
MouthBohol Sea
 • location
Loay
 • coordinates
9°42′15″N 124°07′04″E / 9.7042°N 124.1178°E / 9.7042; 124.1178Coordinates: 9°42′15″N 124°07′04″E / 9.7042°N 124.1178°E / 9.7042; 124.1178
Basin size520 km2 (200 sq mi)
Loboc River hydroelectric plant
Lower dam and spillways
Spillway capacity14.3 m3/s
Power Station
Commission dateApril 06, 1957
January 20, 1968
TypeRun-of-the-river
Hydraulic head11.1 metres (36 ft)
Turbines3
Installed capacity1.2 MW
Annual generation9.45 million KWH

The source of the Loboc River is located in the town of Carmen, almost in the center of Bohol. From Carmen, the river takes a westerly course for a distance of about 1.5 kilometres (1 mi) then flows due south into the Mindanao or Bohol Sea. Its drainage area of approximately, 520 square kilometres (200 sq mi), is bordered by a horseshoe-shaped chain of mountain peaks rising to an elevation of 800 metres (2,600 ft). Rainfall is distributed almost uniformly throughout the year, thus Loboc River has a steady and high base flow.[2]

AttractionsEdit

The Loboc river passes through the town center of the Municipality of Loboc, offering a riverside view of the Loboc church across the highway. Various activities on the river, including the river cruise[3] and standup paddleboarding[4] typically feature a scenic trip upriver to Busay falls,[3] or to various points in the river where visitors can enjoy buffets, cultural presentations, firefly watching,[5] birding, and even paddleboard yoga.

Prior to the earthquake, night cruises on the Loboc river also featured lightshows through colored lights installed on the river banks. However, the lights were severely damaged by the earthquake.

HydroelectricityEdit

There is one hydroelectric plant on the Loboc River. Construction on the plant began in 1955, completed in 1957 and an expansion completed in 1968.[2]

See alsoEdit

Other significant rivers in Bohol:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Geographical Names: Loay, Philippines". www.geographic.org. Geographic.org. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Loboc Hydroelectric Plant". www.napocor.gov.ph. National Power Corporation. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Loboc River Cruise and Floating Restaurant". www.boholtourismph.com. Official Bohol Tourism Office. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  4. ^ Pablo, Joan Christine. "Stand Up Paddling Eco Adventure Tours". Official Tourism Website of the Province of Bohol. Province of Bohol. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  5. ^ "5 Philippine Spots Where to Wish Upon a Firefly". Choose Philippines. Retrieved March 14, 2016.

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