With a few hours before our trip back to Dumaguete, we arranged for the resort’s jeep to go around the island before taking us to the pier. At least we get to see the some of the attractions before leaving.
CAPILAY SPRING PARK
Drop by this park in San Juan with a natural spring-fed pool is located at the center of the town.
FOOT SPA AT THE LAZI’S CENTURIES OLD BALETE TREE.
It wasn’t hard to spot since it’s just by the road side. A lot of people come here a dip their feet on the cold stream under the Balete tree where small fishes (though there were some really big ones) nibble the dead skin off your foot. Others just have photo ops by these really BIG tree. Just hope that no mystic creature residing in the Balete tree photo bomb your shot.
THE SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR CHURCH AND CONVENT
The Church is a national Cultural Treasure and one of the most outstanding cultural heritage churches in the country. It’s one of those places that shouldn’t be missed. As you cross the street, another landmark stands waiting to be explored.
The San Isidro Labrador Convent across the church is a historical landmark which is said to the one of the biggest and oldest convents in the Philippines. We didn’t really have much time to inspect the convent room to room. We all got caught up and fascinated with the window as everyone took turns for a photo op.
THE OLDEST HOUSE IN THE ISLAND
We drove by an old, rickety house in the town of Enrique Villanueva that looked like it could be blown away by a strong wind. Turns out it was Cang-isok in Siquijor is the oldest in Siquijor. This old house has stood the best of time, though, and will most likely continue to do so in the years to come.
We passed by a church in the town of Maria but our driver told us not to stop because of some dark magic or something. We didn’t argue since we were already hungry and was looking forward to lunch. And so we made it on time for our scheduled trip with a good allowance for lunch. Fortunately, thing there was this rare find of an eatery just outside the gates of the pier that sells cheap but delicious meal. We almost cleared out their stock as our hungry tummies were oh too happy to find food.
I don’t consider Siquijor as a foodie destination (no offense meant) though I am truly in love with this place. With its simple charm and enchanting vibe, it will surprise you from time to time.
For now, we bid the Island goodbye.
(Some photos courtesy of Doc Argie and Chef Nana)