PHILTOA Central Visayas Fam Trip Day 5 – Previous Post : Lunch at Lab-as Seafood Restaurant in Dumaguete City
Have you ever been to an island that has so much beauty in it but due to its mystical identity, it is rarely visited by people who thinks that the place is all about magic potions, shamans, sorcerers and witches?
Lola Conching – Bolo Bolo Healer
The absence of tourists might just be a blessing in disguise, at least the island is still preserved and so much away from pollution, abuse and irresponsible tourists and establishments.
About the Island of Siquijor
Siquijor, known as The Mystical Island, is as intriguing as it is beautiful. The island was discovered by the Spaniards hundreds of years ago, but today it is re-discovered by excited tourists.
Bolo Bolo Healer in Siquijor
These pioneers named it “Island of Fire” and since then the mystery of Siquijor has deepened, to entice the curiosity of many international visitors just like the Spaniards.
The island is located a few kilometers off Negros Oriental, Siquijor boasts some 72 kilometers of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Clear, blue water ebbs and flows on white sand to the delight of tourists. And everyone becomes captivated by the island’s breathtaking panoramic views.
Huge Balete Tree
Spanish influence can be seen in the Church of St. Francis de Assisi, which is one of the island’s intriguing structures for being so unique; it was built entirely out of coral dating back to the 1800’s.
Church of San Isidro Labrador
Siquijor is The Mystical Island because of the eerie stories of sorcerers and shamans who live deep in the jungle. They can work against you by placing a curse upon your head, or they can work for you by creating a talisman (amulet of protection) against evil.
It is widely believed by the natives that these men of magic can conjure and control spirits. Equally mysterious is the origin of Siquijor; the island is said to have surfaced from the depths of the ocean, during a frightful display of lightning and thunder.
Last few Churches in the Philippines with Wooden Tiles
This story is looked on as folklore just as the Spaniards thought the island was ablaze from their ships only to discover that many thousands of fireflies combined to give create an optical illusion of fire. Siquijor is real and is an island you should want to discover. Believe me, this is the beautiful island that you are always dreaming of.
I only had four hours of sleep but I was still able to wake up early to prepare for our next activity… the Siquijor Island Tour. I really cant explain where my energy is coming from but I realized that it could be because of too much excitement. Ive been wanting to visit Siquijor again and that was a dream come true for me.
Inside Lazi Convent
After having an ala carte breakfast in one of the al fresco restaurants of Coco Grove Beach Resort, we left the resort for our Siquijor tour. For our first stop, we visited Lola Conching – a famous Bolo-Bolo healer in Siquior. The process of healing involves a glass of water, the magic stone and a bamboo straw. During the process, Lola Conching continuously blows the water using the bamboo straw until the water inside the glass shows some sediments. The unclear water gets replaced and the process will be repeated until the water gets clearer, the healer will then tell the patient what needs to be avoided for continuous healing.
After visiting Lola Conching, we headed to the 400 year old Balete tree in Lazi. The huge Balete Tree has a flowing spring underneath it and the local residents believes that elements are residing inside the balete tree. From the Balete tree our friendly bus driver drove towards the Church of San Isidro Labrador in the town of Lazi. A convent can also be found in front of the church. According to historians, the Lazi Convent is the largest in Asia.
Melo in Cambugahay Falls
The convent has Bahay na Bato design and the foundation of the building is made of coral stone while the second floor was built using hard wood. After visiting some of Siquijors heritage sites, we had an adventure trek to Cambugahay Waterfalls. This famous tourist spot is made up of different levels that all flow serenely into a lake that is reputed to have healing powers.
We proceeded to Salagdoong beach for our lunch right after visiting Cambugahay Falls. Salagdoong Beach is one the best beaches in Central Visayas that you can find in the eastern part of Siquijor. The beach has crystal clear waters and the shore is covered with white sand. Salagdoong Beach is also a popular place for snorkeling and just near its shore, a paradise for scuba divers can also be found.
This is not a resort… this is the Port of Siquijor
I was really amazed from what I saw and experience in Siquijor but as much as I would like to stay, we need to leave the island for our trip back to Dumaguete. The cleanliness of the water’s in the port of Siquijor is unimaginable, that’s probably the cleanest port I’ve seen so far. We left the island at around 3pm and after almost an hour, we were back in Dumaguete City.
We headed to Sibulan in Negros Oriental to catch another ferry going to Santander in Cebu – Our jump off point to Oslob where we will be staying overnight at the Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort.