Siquijor was home to me. But through the years, I have redefined the meaning of home. I have increasingly agreed with the cliche saying, “Home is where the heart is.” I add to that, “Home is where my happiness is,” and my happiness is not always in Siquijor, or is not always associated with a specific geographic location. But summer is always Siquijor to me. This is because I am always happy in Siquijor during summer (and, yes, for some reason, I don’t feel very happy in Siquijor in other times of the year). So to Siquijor I go during summers.
I also want to spend as much time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews during the summer. You see, most of my nieces and nephews are fatherless (2 cousins of mine have already died) and I want them to feel loved all the time and I want them to feel my presence all the time to at least fill in the absence of their fathers. I get very emotional when I talk about my nieces and nephews because they are still very young to have lost their fathers. Anyway, enough of the melodrama.
Summer in Siquijor to me is never complete without a trip to my favorite summer hang-out — Salagdo-ong Beach. Salagdo-ong Beach is a public beach maintained and operated by the provincial government. To get there, you will pass by a man-made forest, which I think is magical during rainy season. According to my grandmother, Salagdo-ong was named as such because it is a place where a kind of bird/heron come to nest (salag). I have not seen that heron anymore, but my summer would never be complete without swimming to what I think is the most beautiful beach in the whole wide world.