March 28, 2012

Where Does Siquijor’s Magic Come from?

Siquijor, Siquijor, Philippines While sitting under the thick foliage of Acacia trees lining Dumaguete’s boulevard, we spied a blur of an island riding the edges of the sea. “Siquijor,” a friend said. The way the tongue curls for “jor” elicits an immediate longing to walk its beaches and start a conversation with a fisherman about the lights that can be seen across the strait. Whereas Dumaguete’s night was images of lights and young love, Siquijor’s of witchcraft and isolation. Yet, its appearance from afar is a big deception. Perhaps to mislead its visitors. Or perhaps to draw them more. I […]
April 12, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

A Real People’s Park

Davao is not all about durian and Samal Island. Perhaps if a place can speak, it will be offended since it is reduced to tourist attractions: Davao, the Durian Paradise! Bacolod, the City of Smiles, Cebu, the Queen of the South! Ah,  blame tourism. Ah, blame us since we expect each place to possess a unique character—luring us to pay it a visit. Tourism is nothing but the backwash of our endless quest, longing for the unfamiliar and the obscure. I’m digressing. Davao is charmed with artistic places worth visiting.  There’s People’s Park. I’ve never been fond of entering parks […]