Guide to Visita Iglesia in Siquijor

This guide to a Visita Iglesia in Siquijor was something I wrote for Tripzilla before this year’s Holy Week. I patterned this after a recent visita iglesia I did with a guest who visited Siquijor for the first time. While Siquijor will not boast of centuries-old and magnificent churches, we do have our share of historic churches. The simplicity of the architecture of the churches in the island will give you an idea of what are the island’s mineral resources (lime stones), the role of the island in the grand scheme of Catholicism in the country (a vacation/retreat place for friars), and how the island fared with the rest of the country during the two World Wars and calamities (earthquakes and typhoons). The churches are not as magnificent as other churches in the country. The churches in Siquijor pale in comparison to the San Augustin Church in the Intramuros. But I would like to believe that all of us, no matter how small, grand, simple or magnificent, make a part of our beautiful country.


Home, Summer and the Unicorn


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. Continue reading “Home, Summer and the Unicorn”

Small Town Girl Diaries: Men at Work

Happy New Year!

I have long been thinking of sharing many stories and photographs of and from my hometown, Lazi, in Siquijor, but never knew how. I have started creating separate blogs (all set to public so it would be easy for me to erase) but I am too lazy to maintain more than one blog. I can barely keep this blog up to date, how much more another blog. A few days ago, while singing Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’, a great idea occurred to me. Why not start a new series here? So, this would be the first of the series, hopefully many more to come.

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The Journey to Siquijor by Boat

Since high school, I have always been known as the “girl from Siquijor.” Studying at the time when social media was still in its infancy, not many of my classmates have traveled to Siquijor and only knew of the place as scary or the island of mambabarangs (sorcerers). It used to offend me when people associate the island with black magic but I later realized that people make these kinds of judgment because they never had the opportunity to travel to the island and learn about the place. So, I started “educating” my classmates, my friends, and my acquaintances of the island by answering their questions and telling them stories. Continue reading “The Journey to Siquijor by Boat”

Capilay Spring Park

Can you believe that in my 31 years of existence, I have only been to Capilay Spring Park in San Juan, Siquijor, thrice and in all occasions never did once jumped into the inviting green waters? I couldn’t believe either. The truth is, the waters of the Capilay Spring, which emanates from a mysterious source, scare me.

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Lilibeth’s Pan Bisaya

Pan Bisaya is a generic term used to call native, local breads in the Visayas. I have tasted countless versions of the pan bisaya and the more genuine it is, the better it tasted for me. Lilibeth’s Pan Bisaya is very tasty, really soft dough, with just the right crunch on top, and often sold freshly baked from the pugon (clay oven) located at the side of their humble bakery.

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Tulapos Marine Sanctuary

The Tulapos Marine Sanctuary in Talingting (Enrique Villanueva), in Siquijor, is probably the oldest marine sanctuary I know existing in the island. It is definitely not the only marine sanctuary. Because the seas surrounding Siquijor is part of the very rich Bohol Sea, it is not a surprise that the Tulapos Marine Sanctuary would share in this abundance. Continue reading “Tulapos Marine Sanctuary”

Where to Stay in Talingting, Siquijor

Small and isolated it may be, I was surprised to learn that you have several options on where to stay in Talingting (now known as Enrique Villanueva). In our previous post, we enumerated the several things you can do and see in town. I thought the places to stay warrant its own blog post so as not to get buried under by the places to visit. There are a few home stays and a resort. Continue reading “Where to Stay in Talingting, Siquijor”

Talingting: What to Do and What to See

Talingting, I think, is the most underrated town in Siquijor. It is a small town between Larena and Maria, and is facing the island of Bohol. Talingting is now known as Enrique Villanueva, named after a governor who made possible the conversion of the barangay to a town. One of the most popular stories explaining why the town is very “mingaw” or isolated is because there are only 13 people in town. Continue reading “Talingting: What to Do and What to See”

Lady of Divine Providence Church

Maria, one of the town’s in Siquijor, is the home to the Our Lady of Divine Providence Parish and church. From the church’s main gate, it can be seen that the church’s facade and the belfry are “recent” addition. When I say recent, I mean the addition were made after the Spanish rule in the islands.

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