Destinations of Siquijor Island

CULTURAL HERITAGE

CENTURY OLD BALETE TREE

What you need to know:

Siquijor Island’s famous 400-plus year old balete tree, which is said to be the oldest and biggest of its kind on the Island, is commonly recognized by locals to still be enchanted. Found in the town of Lazi, the huge enchanted tree, measured to be 8 to 20 meters high, has long and thick roots falling from its old branches, amusing visitors with its massive root system. A man made pool is found below its dangling roots, with a spring as a source found at the base of tree. Likewise, visitors can sink their feet into the little fish spa also offered by the tree's spring, which can be enjoyed by all visitors after paying the fish spa's entrance fee first. If the tree’s picture perfect enchantment isn’t enough as a souvenir, visitors can support the locals by buying other souvenirs such as keychains, wooden ornaments, handmade wallets and even healing paraphernalia, from the souvenir shops found nearby. As there is no general admission fee, it’s encouraged to leave a little donation at its donation box, as local volunteers can use the funds for the place’s maintenance.

Eco-tips:

  • Bring your own containers and utensils. There are stores where visitors can buy food and bring to the spring area of the tree. Lessen plastic consumption by bringing reusable containers.
  • Bring your own tote bag for shopping. As there are souvenir shops on site, do bring an eco-friendly bag for merchandise to avoid plastic consumption.
  • Bring a bag for trash. In case the nearby waste area is not available, do bring a separate bag for trash to keep the area preserved.
  • Observe silence. Because certain locals still consider the Balete Tree a sacred ground, avoid talking loudly and/or shouting and playing around in the area.

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CHURCH

What you need to know:

Found in the town of Siquijor, the “Siquijor Church” as dubbed by the locals, is found near the Island’s local port in the town of Siquijor. Founded in 1783, one of the oldest churches on the Island has undergone several renovations for preservations sake. As it is the first of the many churches tourists will encounter, it won’t be hard to miss the Island’s proud water fountain and ‘Welcome to Siquijor’ sign, making it a great first souvenir photo of any visitor’s trip.

Eco-tips:

  • Observe silence. As the site is regarded as holy grounds, avoid talking loudly and/or shouting and playing around in the area.
  • Dress appropriately. Respect the area and the locals by avoiding inappropriate clothing (sleeveless, tank tops and short shorts, skirts for women and jersey shorts and tops for men, etc).

MOUNT CARMEL CHURCH

What you need to know:

Found in the quiet part of Larena, enjoy moments of reflection and meditation as you visit this almost-minimalist and calming church. The church has a bell tower and grotto, along with a well kept garden. Immerse in the peace and quiet in its clean large halls.

Eco-tips:

  • Observe silence. As the site is regarded as holy grounds, avoid talking loudly and/or shouting and playing around in the area.
  • Dress appropriately. Respect the area and the locals by avoiding inappropriate clothing (sleeveless, tank tops and short shorts, skirts for women and jersey shorts and tops for men, etc).

SAN ISIDIRO LABRADOR CHURCH AND CONVENT

What you need to know:

Also noted to be the oldest convent of the Philippines and first convent in Siquijor Island, this renovated historical piece of Siquijor is found in Lazi, right beside a high school and elementary school. At the top floor holds holy ornaments and decades-old statues of Catholic saints and Mother Mary as it is perfectly preserved for the viewing of visitors. After having undergone several renovations, it’s been attracting more tourists to enter and immerse themselves in the earlier decades of the Island. Before tourists can enter and take any pictures however, particularly by its long stretch of stairs that’s grown to be a tourist favorite, it’s important to pay the entrance fee first which will greatly help with the locals’ preservation efforts.

Eco-tips:

  • Observe silence. As the site is regarded as holy grounds, avoid talking loudly and/or shouting and playing around in the area.
  • Dress appropriately. Respect the area and the locals by avoiding inappropriate clothing (sleeveless, tank tops and short shorts, skirts for women and jersey shorts and tops for men, etc).

How to get there:

1. All beaches can be reached via habal-habal. Simply ask your driver to take you to Solangon Beach.
2. The habal-habal fee will cost around P200 to P700 per trip, depending on where you're coming from.
3. It is recommended that you agree on a day's itinerary with your driver based on the destinations you'd like to visit for a fixed rate of P1,000.

OUR LADY OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE

What you need to know:

One among the many beautiful churches mastered and built by the Island’s history of Spanish friars, this historical piece has been standing since 1887. Its thick limestone walls has helped it welcome the thousands of tourists and locals alike for many decades, receiving many renovations efforts in the process. Noted with plenty of mysterious stories of its decades old religious image of Saint Rita of Cascia, experience the legend for yourself. ​

Eco-tips:

  • Observe silence. As the site is regarded as holy grounds, avoid talking loudly and/or shouting and playing around in the area.
  • Dress appropriately. Respect the area and the locals by avoiding inappropriate clothing (sleeveless, tank tops and short shorts, skirts for women and jersey shorts and tops for men, etc).

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