EN ROUTE | Manila - Dumaguete City - Siquijor | Lakad Pilipinas

My officemate was telling me about how she’s not going to the island of Siquijor since her sister’s prone to spells. My mom’s asking me to bring a pinch of salt and a clove of garlic. Another officemate was relating her eerie impression of their tour there some years back.

I’ve been hearing a lot of mystic stuff about Isla del Fuego (Island of Fire), but it seemed that no story can ever deter me from continuing my journey to this mysterious island down south.

It was a routine flight from Metro Manila’s Terminal III airport via a cheap flight from Cebu Pacific that was booked months and months ago. An hour or so later and we were landing at the tarmac of Sibulan Airport near Dumaguete City. My ears usually get banged up pretty good during flights, but it was especially bad this time.
The airport was a no-frills one, a simple one-storey affair. I like airports like these compared to big-ass international ones; read, cheaper terminal fees, like 90% less, on the way back. I’m all for discounted fares; I’m stingy like that.
From the airport we rode a tricycle (Php50.00) straight to Dumaguete’s Port to catch a fastcraft ferry (Php140.00 + Terminal Fee Php15.00 per person) to Siquijor Island rather than hiring a cab that would probably cost us more than double than what we have to pay.
We were warned about the waves going to the island and we did experience a rough ride to Siquijor complete with splashes of seawater on our faces every now and then. I’ve read a few blog posts about a smooth Siquijor ride, all I can say is lucky them.
After an hour, the waters started getting greener and an island gently slopes up from the horizon.  Still a bit dizzy from our ferry tumble, we emerged into the harsh midday sun at the Port of Siquijor.
I cannot believe what I was seeing. The town port looks like a postcard perfect beach area that you see on magazines and desktop wallpapers. The water looks so clean and clear I felt like stripping down and trying it out to believe.

And I kept telling myself that we’re only at the port of Siquijor.


        SIQUIJOR THREE-DAY SERIES
        TRIP ITINERARY | MANILA - DUMAGUETE CITY - SIQUIJOR | ST. FRANCIS DE ASSISI CHURCH | CAPILAY’S SPRING PARK AT SAN JUAN
        OVER AND BELOW LAZI’S CENTURY-OLD BALETE TREE | LAZI CHURCH - SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR PARISH | LAZI CONVENT
        THE CAMBUGAHAY FALLS AT LAZI | SANTA MARIA CHURCH & ITS BLACK MARIA | SUNSET ON THE ROAD
        SAN JUAN’S COCO GROVE RESORT | COCO GROVE ACCOMMODATIONS AT SAN JUAN | COCO GROVE’S SUNSET RESTAURANT
        SUNSET AND SUNRISE AT SAN JUAN’S TUBOD BEACH

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

12 comments:

  1. OMG. ang ganda ganda. ang galing galing mo talaga idol. Hehe.

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  2. I love Siquijor! Port pa lang, kabog na kabog na! :D I am also working on my Siquijor posts and I just can't help but miss this mystic island.

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  3. ganyan pala kaganda talaga sa Siquijor! must visit place for me (sana next year :D)

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  4. Pumunta ka kay Lola Conching Achay a bolo-bolo healer of Siquijor. Sikat cya na feature na cya sa mga documentaries regarding faith healing lalong lalo na sa Siquijor.

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  5. Wow! Ang ganda ng Siquijor! Port pa lang pang-postcard na! :) Hopefully I get to travel to Siquijor too in the near future.

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  6. and kuya joam remembered you very well. chumika pa about your trip. and napaka-humble mo daw tapos di niya alam sikat na sikat ka pala. hihi. nice! :)

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  7. The first pic tells how beautiful Siquiqor is. Forget the stories, supertitions and witches, Siquijor is waiting to be discover!

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  8. Siquijor have a good traits to offer to tourists also. Their port. Its a one of the unique traits. :-). I hav't been here yet, but I know about the rough waves. We usually encounter everytime we were going to Cebu during my childhood days. :-).

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  9. Biyachessa
    Salamat po :)

    Micamyx
    Nakita ko nag swim ka daw sa Capilay Park!

    Romz
    Punta kayo jan, ganda pre!

    Anonymous
    Unfortunately di kami nakapunta :(

    Sumi Go
    Go Sumi! :P

    Blissfulguro
    Haha talaga? Sabi nga nila Mervz, nasa kanya pa daw yung calling card na binigay ko :P

    Ian
    I agree! :)

    Bonzenti
    Haha worth it naman once you land :)

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  10. Nakakamiss. Promise pag uwi ko, I'll visit Siquijor again :) Hehe

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  11. Dumaguete pala ang launchpad to Siquijor. Hmmm. Nagka-idea na naman ako dahil dito, Boss!

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  12. Elal
    Swerte mo ang lapit mo lang sa Siquijor :)

    Kla
    Yup Dumaguete, pwede ka rin pumunta Bais or Apo Island from there :)

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