Uninhabited Bohol island declared Important Cultural Property
TAGBILARAN CITY –– An uninhabited island in Anda town, Bohol province has been declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP).
In a Facebook post, the NMP-Bohol said the archaeological sites and petrography of Lamanok Island has been valuable to the country.
Lamanok Island, described as Bohol’s “cradle of civilization” is home to rocks with prehistoric graffiti and caves with several boat coffins and fossilized giant shells.
During pre-colonial times, Lamanok served as a holy spot for folk healers.
Lamanok Island is the first locality in Bohol that has been declared an ICP.
An ICP is defined by Article II Section 3 of Republic Act No. 10066 as referring to a cultural property having exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the Philippines.
A marker, along with the official declaration, has yet to be placed on Lamanok Island.