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Welcome to Boholanalysis.

Some years ago, I wrote that Boholanalysis is where we discuss Bohol, not the way politicians would like to describe it, and certainly not the way tourism promoters would label the island.
This blog is not about the negative side of Bohol. It is a blog that talks about Bohol, critically, beyond the conventional labels. It is a blog about issues in Bohol and how a citizen like you, or me, views it, from a rather uninvolved and objective lens. It is a blog about Bohol without the hypocrisy, without the hype, absent the intended colors.

Back then, Boholanalysis is a site that discusses issues about Bohol and its implications to wider development debates in the country, region, or the world.  Since its establishment in 2007, this has been the core of Boholanalysis posts and it has triggered several discussions on key developments in the province.

In 2020, Boholanalysis reinvents itself as a blog that talks about Bohol through the lens of its people. It will feature key personalities in Bohol that has made a significant difference to the economic, cultural, political, social, and environmental growth of a province.  


Boholanalysis is a personal blog of Michael Canares, a Boholano based in Tagbilaran City.  He is  a Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program fellow and a development worker from the Philippines. His current preoccupation is development research on issues as poverty, sustainable development, and local politics.

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     - Atty.  Hilario “Lahar’ Ayuban              Mayor, Loay, Bohol

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