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Cultural Attractions In Siquijor

  • Folk Healing Festival (Black Saturday, San Antonio, Siquijor) – Herbalists from all over the Visayas and Mindanao meet in the barangay of San Antonio where medicinal potions are commonly prepared, using the traditional method practiced since ancient times. A motley of tree barks, roots, herbs, dirt, insects and other “secret” ingredients are thrown into a large cauldron filled with coconut oil while participants gathered in a circle mumble incantations to empower the brew believed to cure a variety of ailments. The herbal preparation takes place on Black Saturday, on the belief that with the death of Jesus Christ, entitles and forces not on this realm, roam the earth and share their healing powers to those who seek their assestance.
  • Solili Festival (September, Siquijor) – Taking after the traditions in Lazi, Siquijor, the Solili Binalaye is a marriage ritual where both parents of the bride and groom prepare a feast and take turns in advising the couple on the realities of married life. The rituals are depicted in a street-dancing competition that serves as the highlight of the week-long Araw ng Siquijor Charter Day celebration.

Historical Attractions In Siquijor

  • St. Isidore Labradore Church and Convent (Lazi) – Constructed by the Spaniards in 1884, it is reputed to be the biggest and one of the oldest convents in whole Asia. Declared a historical landmark by the Philippine Historical Commission, it is believed to have been the vacation house for the Diocese’s priest at that time.
  • Our Lady Of Divine Providence Bell Tower (Maria)
  • St. Vincent De Ferrer Bell Tower (Larena)
  • St. Francis Of Assisi Church, Bell Tower & Convent (Siquijor) – The church is made of stone, cruciform and had a nipa roof. The adjoining convento was likewise made of stone rubble. The bell tower stands independently from the church in the middle of the plaza. This arrangement suggests that the tower also served as a defensive structure- a watchtower to warn the people of approaching danger.

Natural Attraction In Siquijor

Siquijor Beaches ( maria, San Juan, Larena, Lazi, Siquijor and Enrique Villanueva) – several beach resorts dot the coastal areas and serve as tranquil hideaways where the sky meets the sea. Beachfronts are covered with fine, white sand while raws of huts, cottages and other room accomodations are available for picknickers and bathers.

Cantabon Cave (Siquijor)
The long, winding and difficult trek to the cave’s end is both a challenge and a delight to any spelunker. It takes an hour and a half to negotiate the trail. wading through little streams and dodging stalactites and stalagmites that abound the cavern. A dip in the pool at the end of the cave provides a cool respite.

San Juan De Capilay Spring Park (San Juan)
A natural, spring-fed swimming pool situated at the heart of the town plaza where local people converge during weekends for a swim in the cool waters of the spring or simple sit under the shade in the spring and people watch.

Cambugahay Falls (Tigbawan, Lazi)
Visitors may choose from either a river or forest trek to get to the waterfalls. Secluded and relatively unexplored, the waterfalls beckons trekkers for a refreshing deep.

Mt. Bandilaan National Park

Located at the center of the island province of Siquijor, the park’s highest peak rises at 557 ft above sea level. The park which covers an entire area of the former Siquijor Reforestation Project is home to numerous endemic fauna and flora. Other attractions in the area include a shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, The Way of the Cross, five natural spring, caves, and butterfly sanctuary.