Falling in Love with the Mystical Island of Siquijor

Just like any other kids who grew up in the 90’s watching Noli de Castro’s Magandang Gabi, Bayan Halloween Special with the lights off, I had this misconception about Siquijor Island. Remember that Balete Tree? In some Pinoy Horror Movies, Siquijor is always pointed as a place where mambabarangs and mangkukulams are from. I also heard stories that the waves in one part of the island are aggressive and some unlikely creatures appear and eventually disappear in seconds. Boom!


As a grown up lady who wants to explore the Philippines, I got curious when Dylan mentioned that he is originally from Siquijor. It is very rare for me to meet someone who was born and raised in the ‘mystical’ island. Am I really talking to a human being? Haha just kidding 😛

I want to explore as many Philippine Destinations as possible while I’m still here in the Philippines. Last March, I asked my badet friends Ada and Maire on a trip to Bohol and Siquijor. The girls were with me in my Bohol Trip and I also introduced Dylan to them, who eventually became their close friend too. Fun, right? 😀

I spent 500 Pesos for this moment in Panglao. Thank You.

While I am enjoying my Php500 Moment while drinking under the coconut tree in Alona Beach that Lazy Sunday afternoon, Dylan kept on narrating stories about the beauty of Siquijor. He claims that they have a number of white sand beaches that are undeveloped, some diving spots were discovered and many, many more. He also mentioned that he is excited to go back home and drive around. I didn’t really search in the internet for Siquijor pictures (ok, only once LOL) so I didn’t expect much.

From Bohol, we rode a connecting ferry trip to Dumaguete then Siquijor. Last trip. When the ferry arrived in Dumaguete, the lights of the boulevard are too bright. On our way to Siquijor, Dylan gave me some last minute head ups on what to expect once I arrive in Siquijor at night – no bright lights in the port area, the place is quiet and dark because most people come home early and other random reminders. Yay, should I get scared now? If only I could back out and swim back to Dumaguete. The problem is I can’t swim. Toinks.

“Nandito na tayo!” Dylan said.

“‘Di nga? Bakit walang ilaw?” I asked

“Walang ilaw na parang sa Dumaguete dito. Halika na”.

Hala uy. 0_0

Follow the leader LOL. I noticed that aside from Siquijodnons, I spotted more foreign travelers. Wow, they’re not scared with the so-called stories about Siquijor!

“Malinaw na malinaw ang tubig dito sa umaga” Dylan said while I kept on observing people around me. Some carry flashlights with them.

Kuya Noni picked us up and we went straight to Dylan’s ancestral home. I met Tita Gigi and some of their relatives. How come I didn’t feel anything weird or strange upon arrival? I felt welcome and at home in an instant.

We went to the dining area and Ate Baby already prepared dinner for us. We were really tired and hungry that night (I think we arrived at around 9pm). Tita Gigi would check us and ask if we’re ok and what else do we need. I went to my designated room. Right after checking my emails and social networking sites, I went straight to the room to sleep.

The next day, we went back to the port area and this is what I saw 😀

Siquijor Port
Welcome to Siquijor! <3

I stayed in Siquijor for Four Days and I can say that it is one of my best trips ever! I think the fact that I lived like a local that time and went on a Wrangler Road Trip made it really special. I am planning to write a series about my Siquijor adventures (with funny videos where my fail moments were caught on cam) but before that, check the pictures below for a preview!

Resort Hopping Time! (Kawayan Holiday Resort)
Resort Hopping Time! (Kawayan Holiday Resort)
Capilay Spring Park
Swimming attempt at Capilay Spring Park
Balete Tree
The Famous Balete Tree
Lugnason Falls
Lugnason Falls
Camp Bandilaan
Dolee and Dylan in Camp Bandilaan
Field Trip Lunch with Dylan and Dolee
Field Trip Lunch with Dylan and Dolee
Cambugahay Falls
Like kids again @ Cambugahay Falls
Anonymous Rice Terras
I have no idea where I am =))
Yet another Senyorita moment
Sunset Fail at Triad Coffee Shop
Sunset Fail at Triad Coffee Shop
Mica in Kagusuan Beach, Siquijor
'Leave me alone!' - Mica at Kagusuan Beach
Gael, Renz and Robx!
Now together with my loves Gael, Renz and Robbie!

Whew! If only I could post all the pictures here! I also have some videos here and I’ll work on it soon. As of writing, the number of local tourists visiting Siquijor increased. I just hope that the blog entries of co-travel bloggers will help boost Siquijor’s tourism although a part of me is afraid with too much developments. Toinks. Labo ko hehe.

Wrangler Roadtrip!

Some bloggers claim that the best trips are the hardest to blog about because we want to document every detail with the best pictures and at the same time share a compelling story. The journey is too personal and special plus the fact that the destination is truly breathtaking with the various scenic spots it has to offer. I didn’t drink any love potion or something, but I truly fell in love with Siquijor!

17 Comments

  1. I absolutely love that picture of you by the stairs at Kawayan Holiday Resort!! I want to go so bad! Can’t wait to finally make it to Asia

    June 8, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Hello dear! When are you coming to Asia? I’m sure you’ll love the Philippines especially Siquijor Island. Hope to meet you 😀

      June 8, 2012
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  2. Isa sa mga dream destination ko yan sa Pinas. Ang hirap lang makahanap ng seat sale to Dumaguete. I want to do a Dumaguete-Siquijor trip. Kaya ba to for 3D-2N?

    June 8, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Kaya naman siya 🙂 Marami ka na rin mapupuntahan in one day na tour pero mas ok kung at least two days para makapag-swim ka 😀 Ang ginawa namin Cebu-Bohol-Dumaguete-Siquijor hehe

      June 8, 2012
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  3. khanto said:

    dahil nga sa mga kababalaghan stories na laging kasama ang siquijor, medyo nagdadalawang isip ako kung masaya nga dyans. hahah. medyo creepy din kasi, lalo na yung balete.

    June 8, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Ok naman sa Siquijor. Actually, hindi ganun ka-creepy yung Balete. May libreng fish spa pa hehe

      June 8, 2012
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  4. Marx said:

    Gusto ko na mag Siquijor, nasa plan ko na yan next year!

    June 9, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Go Go Go! Bring friends na rin para may ka-share sa tour expenses 😛

      June 12, 2012
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  5. blissfulguro said:

    yay! me too! i sooo love my siquijor stint… haaay… our 3-day stay was bitin… 🙁

    June 9, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Balik tayo! Hehe hindi ako nakapag-spelunking 0_o

      June 12, 2012
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  6. Bucketlisted! Siquijor is on the top of my list this year mica. Keber dun sa mga nakakatakot na stories about her… I wanted to be enchanted and charmed by her island spell. Photos mo pa lang nakakaengganyo na.

    June 9, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      True! Go lang ng go, Kuya Olan! I’m sure you’ll love Siquijor. Halos lahat na rin ng hahanapin mo andun na except Volcano ata hehe

      June 12, 2012
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  7. gelaikuting said:

    huwaw!!! Hope to visit Siquijor next yearr…. ganda! 🙂

    June 10, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Eto na dapat next target mo after completing your Coron series hehe 😛

      June 12, 2012
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      • gelaikuting said:

        naku! hindi pa nga tapos, bz sa work 🙁 sana next year Siquijor 🙂

        June 17, 2012
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  8. Dylan said:

    Nice preview Mica!
    Spelunking tayo next time ha. 🙂

    June 12, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Yebbah! Thanks again Dylan for being a good host! 😀

      June 13, 2012
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