The Department of Tourism in Central Visayas (DOT 7) has pinpointed Lake Tupas in Antequera, a body of water that formed after the devastating earthquake that hit Bohol in 2013, as a destination that has potential to become a tourist draw.
Mayor Jose Mario Pahang told dyRD Balita that DOT 7 director Shalimar Hofer Tamano vowed to extend support for the site’s development after the official personally visited on Sunday the quake-formed lake in Barangay Tupas in Antequera.
Potential foreign investors and Bohol tourism officials also previously visited the pristine lake and expressed belief in its capacity to draw tourists and be part of Bohol’s long list of attractions.
According to Pahang, visitors can go kayaking, boating and fishing in the 40-hectare lake with a depth of 20 feet once it is developed.
The mayor noted that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) had already given P800,000 and fingerlings for the lake.
For its part, the provincial government extended an P80,000 fund for the body of water’s initial development.
Lake Tupas used to be a small creek beside a forest area with various trees including bamboos and coconut trees.
Pahang said that the area turned into a lake after the 7.2-magnitude tremor hit Bohol in October, 2013 causing land to severely shift. (RT)