April 2, 2012

Siquijor’s Magic: Of Salagdoong’s Trees and Beach

Salagdoong Forest Reserve, Salagdoong, Siquijor, Philippines On our way to Salagdoong beach, the trees canopy the road. With the running tricycle accompanying the silence of the trees, I couldn’t help but ask Manong to pull over. 
March 31, 2012
Backpacking with a Book

Siquijor’s Magic: Of Sunsets and Silhouettes

After talking with the man who rip-rapped the slope behind the resort we stayed, I walked the urchin- and seaweed-teemed shore. Siquijor, Siquijor, Philippines It was just me and my-feet-wading-through-the-water kind of silence. Two outriggers headed ashore.  Docked, the fishermen emptied their boats and talked about catches and the wind.  
March 29, 2012
Backpacking with a Book

Siquijor’s Magic: St. Isidore Church and Convent

St. Isidore Church | Lazi, Siquijor, Philippines The town of Lazi is located fifteen kilometers from San Juan. It is the home of the popular St. Isidore Labradore Church and Convent. Known as the largest Convent in the Asian region, the structure is situated at the southern edge of Siquijor surrounded by acacia trees. The planning and construction of this religious edifice was started by the Augustinian Recollects in the year 1857 and was finalized by Filipino artisans twenty seven years later. The convent as well as the church was listed as a National Historical Shrine during the ’70s.
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 […]