Black Magic Maria – Siquijor’s Our Lady of Divine Providence Church

The Land of Faith Healing: strange as it seems, travelling to the island of Siquijor will raise eyebrows once mentioned because of its reputation for the black arts. Even the older generations still practices and believes in witchcraft and sorcery; although at present time it is still practiced in a less prevalent scale. Let Transit Pinas take you on a journey of unveiling what hides behind the peculiar stories and legends surrounding the mystic island of Siquijor and why you should start packing your bags and discover for yourself what awaits inside the Isla Del Fuego.


Blank Icy Stare and Goosebumps

A gazebo that serves as candle lighting area welcomed us as we arrived in the church grounds of the Our Lady of the Divine Providence Church in Maria, Siquijor. This is the last church we visited and unlike any other church this is, I must say a controversial one.

Siquijor is one spooky place riddled with unexplored caves, eerie looking churches and tales of witches and black magic. But if you are looking for something that justifies this urban legends, then visiting this church is a must. From the outside it is made up of limestone rocks because of its dark minimalistic facade appearance. An octagonal bell structure is adjoined to the church, there are no saints on niches nor intricate carvings or grand designs.

Then this is where the creepiness starts, from the newly constructed portico that does seem to match the church exteriors, the door itself is a wooden ten commandments tablets, with the opening curtained by black yarns extending from the top of the door down to the ground.

The interiors of the church is also somber and plain looking, but from the inside it was rather massive. Less might be more for this church since the white washed walls are slowly being colored green and black by the lichens slowly creeping through the church walls.

Then what is really interesting and a hair-raiser is the statue that is encased in glass at the left portion of the church.

Dressed like the Virgin Mary, but with robes colored in black and embellished with gems and glittering sequins – Black Magic Maria (Valak?), as called by many, clutches a skull in the right hand and an inverted cross in the left one, but as of writing, the one I saw in Siquijor holds it in an upright position. She’s said to be a a nighwalker, taking in the tales of the locals, back in the days, the petite religious icon suddenly disappears from its glass cabinet during dusk and appears back before dawn. Why a nightwalker? Her feet is always covered in mud and grass.

I don’t know how possible it is, but upon seeing her, the blank icy stare and the somber pale looking face that sports a thin frowning mouth suddenly sent chills down my spine as I saw her almost piercing gaze as if looking right through your soul. This is one of the many firsts where I got spooked by a lifeless statue, seriously, given that I have this unexplained fear with dolls and clowns.

But amidst these stories, St. Rita of Cascia, is an Italian Saint that is the patroness of hardships and impossible causes, abuse victims, against loneliness, sterility and many more relating to the life she led when she was alive. She was wed to an abusive husband and bear twins, sadly her husband was killed, and in the same year her twins were also killed after swearing vengeance to their father’s killer. She served in the convent for forty years right after the depressing event. Miraculously she received a chronic head wound that is said to come from the crown of thorns and bled for fifteen more years before she died of tuberculosis in the convent of Cascia in 1457.

More of her story here: Black Magic Mary – The Myth

The afternoon sun is still perched in its highest peak, but the thought of seeing the statue looking at us from the upper reaches of the eerie looking church during dusk was a thought too crazy to imagine. We headed back to our tricycle and preapred ourselves for the exciting cliff jump in Salagdoong!


How To Get There:

  • This is part of the Siquijor Tricycle Day Tour hosted by Kuya Raul Gom-os (09355965465)
    • Siquijor Circumferential Road, Maria, Siquijor
    • Entrance Fee: None
    • Tricycle Tour: 1000php Standard Rate/Day Tour


Location in the Philippines

Demystifying Siquijor: From Black Magic Maria, love potions, Voodoo Dolls, broomstick rides, century old churches and convent, up to the stunning waterfalls and beaches, let Transit Pinas take you on a day trip across Isla Del Fuego as he uncovers the brighter side beyond the esoteric and peculiar charm of Siquijor. Follow this adventure series into the Land of Faith Healing, as I ventured into my 56th province last September 09, 2018.  Umari kamo niing matahum nga dapit!


Demystifying Siquijor Adventure Series 2018

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Siquijor Travel Guide
Entering the Land of Faith Healing – Siquijor, Siquijor
Towering Palms and Creamy White Sands – Paliton Beach
Hauntingly Beautiful – Lazi’s Century Old Balete Tree
From Broomsticks to Eerie Convent Halls – Lazi Church and Convent
Tarzan Swings and Enchanting Cascades – Cambugahay Falls
Taking the Leap of Faith – Cliff Jumping at Salagdoong Beach
Black Magic Maria – Siquijor’s Our Lady of Divine Providence Church
Roadside Foodcrawl – Lilibeth’s Pan de Bisaya
Sunset Over The Mystic Island – Siquijor Boulevard

Have you been into the province of Siquijor? How was it? Share it in the comments section below!

Black Magic Maria – Siquijor’s Our Lady of Divine Providence Church
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Updated September 23, 2018

 

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Entering the Land of Faith Healing – Siquijor, Siquijor

The Land of Faith Healing: strange as it seems, travelling to the island of Siquijor will raise eyebrows once mentioned because of its reputation for the black arts. Even the older generations still practices and believes in witchcraft and sorcery; although at present time it is still practiced in a less prevalent scale. Let Transit Pinas take you on a journey of unveiling what hides behind the peculiar stories and legends surrounding the mystic island of Siquijor and why you should start packing your bags and discover for yourself what awaits inside the Isla Del Fuego.


 The Port Is More Than Enough

I tried to catch some zzzz’s inside the fast craft to provide me with the energy I need for the Siquijor day trip since we came directly from Manila that same day. As soon as the vessel departed from the Port of Dumaguete, so did my conciousness and I floated aimlessly into limbo for an hour until the loudspeaker announced that we are nearing the island of Siquijor. As we docked and disembarked into the port of Siquijor, what immediately got my attention is how clean the water is, the shallow translucent sea water was more than beautiful than any other port that I have seen so far (Also include the boat port in Biri, Northern Samar). From the both sides of the concrete causeway, the waters are so inviting that I could go in for a swim anytime. The port beach in the town of Siquijor in Siquijor is really more than enough.

Contrary to trash ridden piers in the country, this one is clearly a stand out, the fine white sand along the beach is devoid of any litter and floating plastic and garbage, but full of kids playing and locals tending to their daily activities.


St. Francis de Assisi Church

Not from afar our tour guide, Kuya Raul Gom-os waived his hands in the air as we talked over the phone checking out where his location is. Without any further ado, we rode the tricycle and ventured out into the Welcome Siquijor Sign and with the St. Francis de Assisi Church looming in the background as the first stop of the usual Siquijor Tricycle Tour. It was just a few meters away, should’ve just walked then.

As we waited for our turn to have our photos, tourists started to flock the little plaza where the colorful Siquijor sign stood. The Sunday gospel in the usual Cebuano language boomed from inside the small church across the street.

Siquijor Church as the locals call it is located just a few meters away from the port where a convent also stands. According to the National Historical Institute marker posted on the right side of the coral stone church, it was said to be built in 1783 and is said to have a Nipa roof back then before being converted into the present galvanized iron roofing.

I was not able to fully appreciate the interiors of the church due to the ongoing Sunday Mass but I observed that the facade maybe a little subdued and petite but one you looked inside, it goes pretty deep. The interiors are very basic without any grand chandeliers nor intricately carved woodworks nor elaborate paintings, it is just pure white with a basic cruciform plan.

Not far away from the church is the Bell Tower or campanaryo made from Adobe stones that stands on top of the hilly part of the plaza that is said to be used by the natives to watch out for marauders docking into the island’s nearby shores.

The morning sun is clearly blinding and starting to get really hot, so after spending a few minutes around the area, we carried on to the next part of the tricycle tour to the town of San Juan.


How To Get There:

  • This is part of the Siquijor Tricycle Day Tour hosted by Kuya Raul Gom-os (09355965465)
    • Santa Fe St, Siquijor, 6225 Siquijor
    • Entrance Fee: None
    • Tricycle Tour: 1000php Standard Rate/Day Tour


Location in the Philippines

Demystifying Siquijor: From Black Magic Maria, love potions, Voodoo Dolls, broomstick rides, century old churches and convent, up to the stunning waterfalls and beaches, let Transit Pinas take you on a day trip across Isla Del Fuego as he uncovers the brighter side beyond the esoteric and peculiar charm of Siquijor. Follow this adventure series into the Land of Faith Healing, as I ventured into my 56th province last September 09, 2018.  Umari kamo niing matahum nga dapit!


Demystifying Siquijor Adventure Series 2018

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Siquijor Travel Guide
Entering the Land of Faith Healing – Siquijor, Siquijor
Towering Palms and Creamy White Sands – Paliton Beach
Hauntingly Beautiful – Lazi’s Century Old Balete Tree
From Broomsticks to Eerie Convent Halls – Lazi Church and Convent
Tarzan Swings and Enchanting Cascades – Cambugahay Falls
Taking the Leap of Faith – Cliff Jumping at Salagdoong Beach
Black Magic Maria – Siquijor’s Our Lady of Divine Providence Church
Roadside Foodcrawl – Lilibeth’s Pan de Bisaya
Sunset Over The Mystic Island – Siquijor Boulevard

Have you been into the province of Siquijor? How was it? Share it in the comments section below!

Hauntingly Beautiful – Lazi’s Century Old Balete Tree
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Updated September 22, 2018

 

Hauntingly Beautiful – Lazi’s Century-Old Balete Tree

The Land of Faith Healing: strange as it seems, travelling to the island of Siquijor will raise eyebrows once mentioned because of its reputation for the black arts. Even the older generations still practices and believes in witchcraft and sorcery; although at present time it is still practiced in a less prevalent scale. Let Transit Pinas take you on a journey of unveiling what hides behind the peculiar stories and legends surrounding the mystic island of Siquijor and why you should start packing your bags and discover for yourself what awaits inside the Isla Del Fuego.


Under The Canopy: A Tickle Fest

Still in awe of beach and waters inside and nearby the Siquijor Port, our tricycle started rolling along the winding circumferential road of the province. “Mga fifteen minutes ‘dun na tayo sa Balete..” (“Around 15 more minutes and we’ll be arriving at the Balete”) Kuya Raul said while steering the vehicle that was larger than the usual.

Minutes seem to pass by swiftly after buying snacks and traversing through the town of San Juan, and in no time, we were standing next to the gnarly yet haunting Balete tree just beside the highway. Its multitude of vines reaches down until the ground and its lush leaves provide a cool canopy from the intense heat of the midday sun. What’s interesting is that a number of people sitting inside what seems to be a natural pool just below the canopy of the Balete Tree, are having the time of their lives.

It is said to be around 400 years old and the biggest in the island but I think this is only the third biggest after the Balete Trees in Canlaon City in Negros Oriental and the ones in Baler, Aurora. But this one is unique from the lot since it has a fish spa underneath it. At the base of this ginormous tree is a cold spring that flows down into the pond that is artificially placed by the people with a little overflow down the street. Maybe this explains the longevity and the size of the said tree and I also noticed that the host tree where the Balete Tree is thriving is still alive. Contrary to popular belief, Balete’s do not grow on their own, they are rather parasitic in nature and wraps itself around a healthy tree until it dies. But with the case of this Siquijor Tree, they are having quite a peculiar understanding.

Then from below the water thrives a number of small fishes that nibbles out the dead skin cells from the feet of any tourist, a fish spa indeed. We also tried doing it and ended up pulling our feet from time to time due to the ticklish feeling when a group starts to swarm a foot or two. Then there are also big Tilapia fishes that does the trick and also helps out the little ones in nibbling out your foot, it was a bit scary at first to have a fish that big eat out portions of your feet, but you’ll soon get over it.

Then adjacent the Balete tree is a souvenir shop and a cafe selling peculiar items that are up for grabs. It is only in Siquijor where you get to buy a vial of Gayuma (Love Potion), Voodoo Dolls as keychain, Anting-anting (Charms) all sorts of oily concotions for any ailing body parts and even dried mixture of leaves that is said to heal sorts of diseases. Truly, Siquijor capitalizes in its reputation for the black arts and sorcery that makes this mystical island stand out from the rest.

Up to this day, as of this writing, I can still feel those swarm of fishes, both big and small, having quite a good time eating the calluses from my weary feet. What an experience from Isla Del Fuego!


How To Get There:

  • This is part of the Siquijor Tricycle Day Tour hosted by Kuya Raul Gom-os (09355965465)
    • Siquijor Circumferential Road, Lazi, Siquijor
    • Entrance Fee: 15php
    • Tricycle Tour: 1000php Day Tour


Location in the Philippines

Demystifying Siquijor: From Black Magic Maria, love potions, Voodoo Dolls, broomstick rides, century old churches and convent, up to the stunning waterfalls and beaches, let Transit Pinas take you on a day trip across Isla Del Fuego as he uncovers the brighter side beyond the esoteric and peculiar charm of Siquijor. Follow this adventure series into the Land of Faith Healing, as I ventured into my 56th province last September 09, 2018.  Umari kamo niing matahum nga dapit!


Demystifying Siquijor Adventure Series 2018

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Siquijor Travel Guide
Entering the Land of Faith Healing – Siquijor, Siquijor
Towering Palms and Creamy White Sands – Paliton Beach
Hauntingly Beautiful – Lazi’s Century Old Balete Tree
From Broomsticks to Eerie Convent Halls – Lazi Church and Convent
Tarzan Swings and Enchanting Cascades – Cambugahay Falls
Taking the Leap of Faith – Cliff Jumping at Salagdoong Beach
Black Magic Maria – Siquijor’s Our Lady of Divine Providence Church
Roadside Foodcrawl – Lilibeth’s Pan de Bisaya
Sunset Over The Mystic Island – Siquijor Boulevard

Have you been into the province of Siquijor? How was it? Share it in the comments section below!

Hauntingly Beautiful – Lazi’s Century Old Balete Tree
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Updated September 22, 2018

Siquijor Travel Guide

The Land of Faith Healing: strange as it seems, travelling to the island of Siquijor will raise eyebrows once mentioned because of its reputation for the black arts. Even the older generations still practices and believes in witchcraft and sorcery; although at present time it is still practiced in a less prevalent scale. Because of the eerie glow the island emits during sundown, particulary from fireflies flocking the gargantuan Molave trees, it tickled the curiosity of Spaniards to visit it – “Si Kihod” answered by a native who thought they were asking for his name (instead of the name of the place), and eventually turned to “Siquijor” after some time.

Not just a folklore about the womb of the sea giving birth to an island, but the origin of the mystical island was just quite recent, geologically speaking, as proved by the coralline terraces found in some municipalities. Moreover, fossils of Giant Clams (tridacna) and other mollusks that are living in the vicinity today are found on top of the hills, Mt. Malabahoc/ Bandilaan (638+) and even the plowing fields.

From Black Magic Maria, love potions, Voodoo Dolls, broomstick rides, century old churches and convent, up to the stunning waterfalls and beaches, let Transit Pinas take you on a day trip across Isla Del Fuego as he uncovers the brighter side beyond the esoteric and peculiar charm of Siquijor.


Where is Siquijor:

Siquijor is the third smallest province in the country located in the Central Visayas region after Camiguin and Batanes. Its capital is the municipality also named Siquijor with five other municipalities named San Juan, Lazi, Maria, Enrique Villanueva and Larena. It lies southeast from Cebu and Negros across Cebu Strait (also called Bohol Strait) and southwest from Bohol.

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Map of Siquijor Island


How To Get There:

Being an island province without a bustling city center, the only way to get to Siquijor is via Ferries and Fastcraft from several ports such as Dumaguete City, Tagbilaran City, Cebu via Bato, and Iligan City. Travelers from outside of the said regions can easily access it through its main hub, Dumaguete City via Dumaguete-Sibulan Aiport. And for international travelers planning to visit the charming island, the easiest way to get in from Hongkong, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan is via Mactan-Cebu International Airport then take a bus bound for Dumaguete City in Cebu South Bus Terminal.

  • From Metro Manila:
    • ● Cebu Pacific – Flies 2 to 3 times daily to Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport
      ● Philippine Airlines – Flies 2 times daily Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport
  • From Dumaguete City Port (Fare starts at 136php to 360php):
    • GL Shipping Lines (1hr travel time, Fast Craft, sails daily)
      • Dumaguete City To Siquijor, Siquijor: 05:45am / 10:15am / 12:00pm / 02:00pm / 04:30pm
      • Siquijor, Siquijor to Dumaguete City: 05:50am / 09:30am / 01:00pm / 02:30pm / 05:45pm
    • Ocean Jet (45mins travel time, Fast Craft, sails daily)
      • Dumaguete City to Siquijor, Siquijor: 07:00am / 12:50pm
      • Siquijor, Siquijor to Dumaguete City: 06:00am / 01:40pm
    • MV Siquijor Island Ferry (1hr travel time, fast craft, sails every Saturday)
      • Dumaguete City to Siquijor, Siquijor: 05:00am
      • Siquijor, Siquijor to Dumaguete City: 06:00am
    • Montenegro Shipping Lines (2hrs travel time, Ferry, sails daily)
      • Dumaguete City to Larena, Siquijor: 10:00am / 06:00pm
      • Larena, Siquijor to Dumaguete City: 06:00am / 02:00pm

  • From Tagbilaran City (Bohol) Port (Fare starts at 210php to 360php)
    • Ocean Jet (Fast Craft, sails daily)
      • Tagbilaran City to Siquijor, Siquijor: 10:30am
      • Siquijor, Siquijor to Tagbilaran City: 01:50pm

Mode of transportation in the island is by tricycles and habal-habal, buses ply the municipalities but with very limited trips. Vans and multicabs can be rented through accredited tour operators.


Where To Stay:

With the steady rise of visitors in the island, several hotels and inns for travelers have sprouted in the island, here are some hotels to help you choose when visiting Siquijor, the cheapest can cost you at around 400php per head, just like whjat we availed in Replica Manor in the town of Siquijor.

  • Siquijor, Siquijor:
    • Tumamak Lodge – Port Area, Siquijor, Siquijor / 0905-149-6724
    • Replica Manor – Rates Start at 800php/night / Siquijor, Siquijor
    • Guiwanon Spring Park – Rates start at 300php/night / Brgy. Luyang, Siquijor, Siquijor / 0926-460-6010
  • San Juan, Siquijor
    • Good Vibes Siquijor – Check Rates Here / San Juan, Siquijor
    • Coco Grove Resort – Brgy. Tubod, San Juan, Siquijor / 0939-915-5123
    • Lorna’s End Of The World – Brgy. Lala-O, San Juan, Siquijor /  0927-381-6377
    • Toris Backpacker Paradise – Check Rates Here / Maite, San Juan, Siquijor
  • Lazi, Siquijor
    • NJ Pension House and Restaurant – Check Rates Here / Zamora Cor. Aljas Streets, Lazi, Siquijor
  • Maria, Siquijor
    • Hotel Agripino – Rates Start at 800php/ Brgy. Olang, Maria, Siquijor
  • Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor
    • Seaside Garden Cottages and Resorts – Brgy. Camogao, Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor /  (0906) 829-5704

Click here for more accommodations: Where to Stay in Siquijor 


Travel Tips:

  • People are very hospitable, everyone smiles and also understands Tagalog, with the majority speaking Cebuano.
  • Plan ahead and prepare, make sure that you have already contacted your hotel/home stay/tour guide of your choice as some of them may get fully booked during peak season.
    • Our contact tricycle tour operator is Raul Padayhag Gom-os (0935-596-5465) or Kuya Joam (0927-693-2095)
  • Always remember to treat your tour guides / drivers nicely and even include them in your meals as a sign of courtesy with these hardworking locals, include tips aside from their usual fees.
  • If very desperate to be in a relationship, make sure to buy a vial of Siquijor’s Love Potion and slip it into that unsuspecting person’s drink to make sure that forever is now within reach.
  • I suggest to also travel during the dry season from January to April so waterfalls have their unique blue color and beaches devoid of washed out trash and seaweeds.
  • Travel during lean season as rates are relatively cheaper as compared during peak season, moreover, you can enjoy the beach and other destinations without the usual crowds (travel on weekdays).
  • It is advisable to travel with a companion or a group so rates can be divided to how many of you are in the group so your budget stays on the safe zone.
  • Pack food and water with you, although stores are present at most of the destinations, prices are steeper as compared to the regular cost.
  • Check the availability of Passenger Ships/RORO/Fast Crafts to and fro the island of Siquijor to avoid missing the first/last trip.
  • It is advisable to waterproof your gadgets by bringing dry bags most particularly if visiting beaches and waterfalls.
  • Signal for Globe and Smart is present and has good reception at town propers and internet connection is available at your hotels, while data reception is sporadic and intermittent.
  • Pack your trash and leave no trace, practice LNT Principles all the time

Speak Siquijor:

Since it is close to the islands of Negros, Cebu and Bohol, most of the locals, referred to as Siquijoranons, speak Cebuano with English as their second language. Here are few phrases you can use when travelling to the Land of Faith Healing:

  • Maayong adlaw! – Good day!
  • Maayong buntag! – Good morning!
  • Maayong udto! – Good noon!
  • Maayong gabii! – Good evening!
  • Daghang salamat! Thank you very much!
  • Lami kaayo – Very delicious
  • Oo, Dili – Yes, No
  • Tagpila kini? – How much?
  • Ambot – I Don’t Know
  • Wa ko kasabot – I Can’t Understand
  • Stop! – Hunung!
  • usa, duha, tulo, upat, lima, unom, pito, walo, siyam, napulo – one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten

Things To See in Siquijor:

  • Siquijor, Siquijor
    • Siquijor Port
    • St. Francis of Asisi Church, Bell tower and Convent
    • Calalinan Beach
    • Guiwanon Spring Park
    • Dumanhog Beach
    • Balas-Balas Beach
    • Cantabon Cave
    • Mt. Bandilaan View Park
  • San Juan, Siquijor
    • Paliton Beach
    • Solangon Beach
    • Capilay Spring Park
    • St. Augustine de Hippo Church
    • Tubod Beach and Marine Sanctuary
    • Lugnason Falls
    • Catulayan Beach
  • Lazi, Siquijor
    • Century Old Balete Tree and Fish Spa
    • Hapitanan Broomstick Challenge
    • Cang-abas Beach
    • San Isidro Labrador Church and Convent
    • Cambugahay Falls
    • Cabugsayan, Lagaan, Kawasan, and Locong Falls
  • Maria, Siquijor
    • Kagusuan Beach
    • Bacong Beach
    • Umpas Beach
    • Cangbangag Falls
    • Our Lady of Divine Providence Parish
    • Salagdoong Beach and Forest
  • Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor
    • Cang-isok Old House
    • Camugao Beach
    • Lilibeth’s Pan Bisaya
  • Larena, Siquijor
    • Sandugan Beach
    • St. Vincent Ferrer Parish and Bell Tower

Extend Your Trip:

  • Negros Oriental:
    • Casaroro Falls
    • Pulang Bato Falls
    • Twin Lakes: Balinsasayao and Danao
  • Dumaguete City
    • Silliman University
  • Cebu
    • Oslob Whale Shark Watching
    • Moalboal Sardine Run
    • Kawasan Canyoneering

Itinerary and Expenses:

This is part of the author’s 2-day Negros Oriental – Siquijor Adventure last September 09-10, 2018

DAY 01
0450 NAIA T3 via CebPac 823php GetGO Promo
0610 Sibulan Airport, Dumaguete City
0630 Take multicab to Port Crossing
0640 Alight at crossing (8php), take tricycle to port
0700 Buy tickets for GL Shipping Lines Fastcraft (200php, 15php terminal fee)
0710 Depart for Siquijor, Siquijor
0805 Arrival at Siquijor Port, Siquijor
0830 Meet Guide, Picture at San Isidro Church
0945 I Love Siquijor sign, Siquijor Boulevard
1015 Enchanted Balete Tree (15php)
1045 Hapitanan Broomstick Challenge (20php, donation)
1100 Lazi Church and Convent (20php/pax)
1200 Lunch, Cambugahay Falls (20php entrance, 50php parking fee, 100php guide fee – not mandatory, 20php Tarzan Swing)
1215 Free time, Tarzan Swing
1330 Depart for Salagdoong
1600 Salagdoong Beach (50php)
1615 Cang-isok Old House
1630 Pan De Bisaya, snacks
1645 Tulapos Marine Sanctuary Beach
1700 Depart for Siquijor, Siquijor (1200php, Tricycle Tour c/o Raul Gom-os)
1800 Siquijor Boulevard, Watch Sunset, Dinner
1900 Check in at Replica Manor (850php/2pax)
2200 Lights Off

DAY 02
0530 Wake up, take tricycle to Siquijor Port (50)
0600 Ocean Jet Fastcraft to Dumaguete City (250php, 19php Terminal Fee)
0645 Dumaguete Port, breakfast
0730 Start tour
0830 Lake Balinsasayao (50php)
0915 Lake Danao, boat ride (250php)
0945 Back at jumpoff point
1015 Snacks at Lake Viewdeck
1045 Mountain Viewdeck (725masl)
1130 Sulfur Mountain, Ocoy Valley
1200 Pulangbato Falls (50php)
1300 Depart
1315 Tierra Alta (50php)
1345 Depart for Valencia
1400 Lunch at Estrella’s Eatery, Zamora St. Valencia
1430 Depart for Casaroro Falls
1515 Casaroro Falls, start trek (10php)
1530 Casaroro Falls
1630 Ascend back to jumpoff point 0515 Dumaguete City – Silliman Hall, Campanaryo, Provincial Capitol – DumaguetMe Sign
1815 End of tour (1600php/2pax)
1830 Check in at ND Lodge (873php/2pax), tidy up
1930 Try Silvanas at Sans Rival Store
2030 Dinner
2200 Lights off

DAY 03
0615 Depart for Manila
0800 Manila, Back to reality

Total Damage for Siquijor Overnight trip (excluding food and other incidentals):

For Solo Traveler: 2829.00 +/-php
For Two Persons: 1729.00 +/-php


Disclaimer: This is based on the actual trip that I have done, all information stated above is up to date as of writing. There are more options to choose from and please feel free to message me for any concerns and suggestions that comes up as you browse this series. 

Location in the Philippines

Demystifying Siquijor: From Black Magic Maria, love potions, Voodoo Dolls, broomstick rides, century old churches and convent, up to the stunning waterfalls and beaches, let Transit Pinas take you on a day trip across Isla Del Fuego as he uncovers the brighter side beyond the esoteric and peculiar charm of Siquijor. Follow this adventure series into the Land of Faith Healing, as I ventured into my 57th province last September 09, 2018.  Umari kamo niing matahum nga dapit!


Demystifying Siquijor Adventure Series 2018

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Siquijor Travel Guide
Entering the Land of Faith Healing – Siquijor, Siquijor
Towering Palms and Creamy White Sands – Paliton Beach
Hauntingly Beautiful – Lazi’s Century Old Balete Tree
From Broomsticks to Eerie Convent Halls – Lazi Church and Convent
Tarzan Swings and Enchanting Cascades – Cambugahay Falls
Black Magic Maria – Siquijor’s Our Lady of Divine Providence Church
Roadside Foodcrawl – Lilibeth’s Pan de Bisaya
Sunset Over The Mystic Island – Siquijor Boulevard

Have you been into the province of Siquijor? How was it? Share it in the comments section below!

Siquijor Travel Guide
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Updated September 2018

In Photos: Braving Basilan

 

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Mundane Mondays
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Bagong Yugto
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Padayon
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Masjid Mabarakat
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Papunta ka palang, pabalik na ako
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Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag
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Basic Needs
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Pagkakaisa
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Sa Ngalan Ng Isang Kilong Dinurado
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Tulo
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Pamamalagi
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Ngiting Tagumpay
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Ang Bata Sa Cabunbata
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Paglipay
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Ipagpatuloy Ang Daloy
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Speeding Papet
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Inshallah
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Paradiso
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Minaret
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Pinaglipasan
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Vinta, Aking Sinta
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Enciong
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Crossing Borders
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Jollibomb
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Pagitan
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Patungo
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Pasasalamat
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Satti
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Kristyanismo sa Bayang Islam

Location in the PhilippinesBraving Basilan: This adventure series narrates what transpired during my day trip across the island of Basilan, as I set foot on my 55th province last August 20, 2018. The road not taken and an eluded paradise – this has been once home to the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group and historically also the staging ground for Moro Raids in Zamboanga. Giving it the notoriety as one the most dangerous provinces in the Philippines. Follow me as I show you the other side of Basilan!


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Updated August 29, 2018

BASILAN: Basilan Provincial Capitol

As we docked backed in Isabela City after a short but fulfilling visit at Malamawi Beach, we flagged a tricycle to bring us to the provincial capitol of Basilan, although it is only a few hundred meters from where we were.

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Uniformed personnel patrolled the city streets, some military trucks were zooming in and out of our sight as the locals tend to their daily errands along the busy sections of Isabela City.

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A man from the gate of the capitol was looking at us closely as we alighted the tricycle and I try to avoid him by visiting the nearby parks of Rizal and Isabela which is just adjacent the capitol grounds. He kept on following us, scanning us from head to foot before beaming a really wide smile and hands being waved up in the air.

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“Welcome! Sabi na nga ba turista kayo, itsura pa lang ehh” Kuya Amado stood right in front of us, he then reached for our hands and did this handshake where he put his hand on his chest after holding our hands. “Ahhh yung handshake? peace and love yan” explaining what he just did before breaking the ice further saying he is our tourism coordinator for the day.


Socio-Political Centers

The two adjoining plazas where we were standing is called the Rizal Park, which is nearer the capitol, and the Plaza Isabela (formerly Plaza Misericordia – I just remembered the same street in Lino Brocka’s 1975 Film entitled Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag). This places has remained as an active socio-political centers of the province although Isabela City is a component city of the Zamboanga Peninsula.

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Then from the other side is where the Sta. Isabel Cathedral stands sentinel. Basilan maybe composed majority of the Muslim population but contrary to that, 33% of the population is made up of Christians (mostly Roman Catholic).

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Not far away from the busy thoroughfares of Isabela City, a Jolibee branch stands proud in its usual red and white ensemble as it is adorned by the forever happy, Jollibee mascot. I don’t want to add insult to the injury but this branch has survived several bombings giving it the moniker “The most bombed Jollibee branch in the country”. This 500th branch, experienced a grenade blast in 2008 by Abu Sayyaf militants where 2 got killed and 26 wounded. But if you are looking for a familiar atmosphere amidst covered faces and peculiar looking buildings, then this is the place to be.

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We were then escorted by Kuya Amado inside the Basilan Provincial Capitol for a courtesy call to the Provincial Tourism Office whom we contacted prior to the trip. The Capitol is a statement in itself since the new building is a celebration of Muslim and Christian influences which shaped modern-day Basilan, and still occupies the highest point of the city proper.

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It was built in the same location where Fort Isabela II or Fort Isabella Segunda stood before it was bombed down during the World War II. Subsequently, Basilan City Hall was built but was ravaged by fire by early 1990’s.

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With Ms. Shaheenah of the Basilan Provincial Tourism Office

We met Ms. Shaheenah, the tourism head of Basilan who is also our contact person who arranged for our transportation and guide before we arrived. They were more than welcoming and even thanked us for coming this far to their humble province. And as I may put it after our short but meaningful conversation – There is more to Basilan than what the public deems the province to be, terrorism is not Basilan, there are just lawless elements lurking in the corners of this side of the Philippines.

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We then had pictures right outside the capitol, and to our surprise, a government vehicle was waiting for us to tour around, we just had to pay for the gas. Sweet!

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First stop, Bulingan Falls!….


Location in the PhilippinesBraving Basilan: This adventure series narrates what transpired during my day trip across the island of Basilan, as I set foot on my 55th province last August 20, 2018. The road not taken and an eluded paradise – this has been once home to the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group and historically also the staging ground for Moro Raids in Zamboanga. Giving it the notoriety as one the most dangerous provinces in the Philippines. Follow me as I show you the other side of Basilan!


Have you been into the province of Basilan? How was it? Share it in the comments section below!

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BASILAN: Basilan Provincial Capitol
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Updated August 27, 2018

BASILAN: Cabunbata Falls

Right after visiting the Mabarakat Mosque of Aguada Barangay that is still inside the Isabela City, we dropped by a waterfall that is not as famous as Bulingan Falls of Lamitan City.

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Just after passing through the Menzi Rubber Plantation, and some seven (7) kilometers from Isabela City, our service vehicle stopped by the roadside with Kuya Amado pointing out that the waterfall is right there.

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Still straight out from a quick nap, I adjusted my eyes from the sudden bright sunny afternoon and saw from a distance a massive stone wall with water trickling from the very top.

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“Ang taas..” (“So high..”) I muttered silently as we crossed the road leading to the very catch basin of the falls. It is just along the highway and concealed in a series of Mahogany and Rubber trees.Some motorcycle riders were there at that time taking a break and washing their motorcycles before departing again.

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During our visit the water seems to just trickle very lightly due to the rains not visiting the province for quite a while. But what a sight this must be if the rainy season sent large volumes of water down the single cascade of Cabunbata Falls!

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Location in the PhilippinesBraving Basilan: This adventure series narrates what transpired during my day trip across the island of Basilan, as I set foot on my 55th province last August 20, 2018. The road not taken and an eluded paradise – this has been once home to the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group and historically also the staging ground for Moro Raids in Zamboanga. Giving it the notoriety as one the most dangerous provinces in the Philippines. Follow me as I show you the other side of Basilan!


Have you been into the province of Basilan? How was it? Share it in the comments section below!

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Updated August 27, 2018

 

BASILAN: Mabarakat Mosque

Mabarakat Mosque, or commonly called as Masjid Jamid is probably the most beautiful mosque in Basilan province next to Masjid Geras. Located inside Mabarakat Village in Aguada Barangay of Isabela City, this is one of the mosques in Basilan that you should definitely visit.

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Photo credit to Ms. Kyera Zehanne Sarikin

After visiting Bulingan Falls, we took the scenic drive passing through Sengal Barangay down to Aguada Barangay in Isabela City. We stopped by this mosque and spent a few minutes before leaving for the rubber plantations of Menzi.

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A newly constructed mosque that started early June of 2017,  the Masjid Mabarakat has two 22.9 meters tall Minarets with the small balcony near the top called as Adhan (where speakers are installed to call the daily prayers) measuring 2.6 meters tall.

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Crossing borders

It has three onion shaped domes, with the main dome  that covers the prayer hall measures 6.68 meters tall while the two secondary domes measures 2.50 meters and is located near the Sahn or open courtyard.

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Photo credit to Mr. Abulkhair Yusoph

To visit this mosque, coordinate first with the Provincial Tourism Office of Basilan or the Isabela Tourism Office prior to your visit so they can arrange your transportation and guides.

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Location in the PhilippinesBraving Basilan: This adventure series narrates what transpired during my day trip across the island of Basilan, as I set foot on my 55th province last August 20, 2018. The road not taken and an eluded paradise – this has been once home to the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group and historically also the staging ground for Moro Raids in Zamboanga. Giving it the notoriety as one the most dangerous provinces in the Philippines. Follow me as I show you the other side of Basilan!


Have you been into the province of Basilan? How was it? Share it in the comments section below!

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BASILAN: Masjid Mabarakat
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Updated August 27, 2018

 

Braving Basilan: 8 Things to Do And Visit In A Day

What’s stopping you from visiting Basilan?

A handshake from the locals I’ve met in the province immediately set the tone. A tight grip followed by the palm placed in the chest just like how it is placed while singing the national anthem – they said it’s peace (for the handshake) and love (palm in the chest.)

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That’s how they do it, that’s what we all want for this infamous province: Peace and Love.

Often misunderstood due to the sporadic wars between the local government and some terrorist groups, promoting the tourist detinations of the province is already a struggle in itself. I did not wrote this to disagree but to encourage everyone to turn their heads and check out that Basilan is more than what the publicized news paints it to be.

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It is quite disappointing that it is regarded as one of the  dangerous provinces in the country when all that I have received from this province, is peace and love.

So what to do in Basilan for a daytrip? Here I listed down 8 things one can do for nine hours, just like what our group did last August 2018.

So here it goes!


  1. Malamawi White Beach

Located off the coast of Isabela City proper, Malamawi Beach definitely deserves the spotlight it deserves, from turquoise waters, fine white sand, and palm trees across the idyllic stretch of beach. One must not miss the chance of visiting this unspoiled gem once you set foot at this province.

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How To Get There: From Isabela Port, transfer to another outrigger boat, then upon arrival at the island, charter a habal-habal to take you to the resort. Full article here: An Eluded Paradise – Malamawi White Beach


2. Basilan Provincial Capitol

It is the site of the old Fort Isabela II that was bombed during the World War II and was replaced by the Basilan City Hall before being burned down in the 1990’s, present day building is a celebration of Muslim and Christian influences which shaped modern-day Basilan, and still occupies the highest point of the city proper. This is where you have to make a courtesy call if coordinating with the provincial tourism office.

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How To Get There: From Isabela Port, take a tricycle going to the provincial capitol and pay 20php. Full article here: BASILAN: Basilan Provincial Capitol


3. Jollibee Basilan

They say it is not your ordinary Jollibee branch, ’cause it is in Basilan. Facts in focus, it survived several bombings and I can now call this as the most bombed Jollibee in the country. But kidding aside, if you want a Chicken Joy and a familiar atmosphere, this is just located outside the Provincial Capitol.

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How To Get There: This is located just outside of the Provincial Capitol, from Isabela Port just charter a tricycle to take you directly here.


4. Mabarakat Mosque

Commonly called as Masjid Jamid or Jamid Mosque, this is located in Mabarakat Isabela City, Basilan. This mosque is made by two towering minarets and several golden domes, painted in combination of colors that fits the appearance of the mosque. This mosque has a capacity of more than or never the less atleast 2000 people inside. Full article here: BASILAN: Mabarakat Mosque

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How To Get There: Located in Mabarakat Barangay, Isabela City, coordinate with the local and/or provincial tourism offices of Basilan prior to the visit so they can arrange the transportation and guides for you.


5. Bulingan Falls

Perhaps the most famous waterfall in Basilan for its unique rock pillar walls where the waterflows, you should not miss this on your Basilan itinerary.

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How To Get There: Located in Lamitan City, Basilan, coordinate with the local and/or provincial tourism offices of Basilan prior to the visit so they can arrange the transportation and guides for you. Full article here: The Other Side Of The Spectrum – Bulingan Falls


6. Lamitan Oval Market and Food Crawl

In search for Satti and Panyalam, we ventured out into the streets of Lamitan City, with the assiatance of our provincial tourism coordinator just get a glimpse of the mundane life and thoroughfares of the city. We got inside a small halal eatery where we sampled out some of their local dishes.

How To Get There: Located in Lamitan City, Basilan, coordinate with the local and/or provincial tourism offices of Basilan prior to the visit so they can arrange the transportation and guides for you.


7. Rubber Plantations

Basilan is the Rubber Capital of the Philippines because of, yes you guessed it right, Rubber Tree plantations that can be found almost everywhere. One famous plantation is that of in Menzi, it is vast that the owner eventually built a resort alongside his plantation that is called as the Rubberland Resort.

How To Get There: Located in Isabela City, Basilan, coordinate with the local and/or provincial tourism offices of Basilan prior to the visit so they can arrange the transportation and guides for you.


8.  Cabunbata Falls

Did not expected that Basilan literally has quite a number of attractions waiting to be rediscovered again, one of which is the Cabunbata Falls that is towering with its river located from the top of the mountain slope. Located just beside the highway where motorcycle drivers often flock to wash their vehicles. Full article here: BASILAN: Cabunbata Falls

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How To Get There: Located in Cabunbata Brgy. in Isabela City, Basilan, coordinate with the local and/or provincial tourism offices of Basilan prior to the visit so they can arrange the transportation and guides for you.


I must admit that I visited Basilan not just to complete the PH81 project but also for bragging rights of visiting the province. But what happened during the trip educated me to become more humble and appreciative of what it has to offer.

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It showed me what transcends more than what is asked for – not just with the hospitality but with the efforts you can see from the local people. Again, you should visit Basilan and explore its natural unspoiled wonders! P.S. Please contact their local tourism offices first!

Again, what’s stopping you from visiting Basilan? 🙂


Location in the PhilippinesBraving Basilan: This adventure series narrates what transpired during my day trip across the island of Basilan, as I set foot on my 55th province last August 20, 2018. The road not taken and an eluded paradise – this has been once home to the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group and historically also the staging ground for Moro Raids in Zamboanga. Giving it the notoriety as one the most dangerous provinces in the Philippines. Follow me as I show you the other side of Basilan!


Have you been into the province of Basilan? How was it? Share it in the comments section below!

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Updated August 27, 2018

The Other Side Of The Spectrum – Bulingan Falls

The island of Basilan in Mindanao for the longest time has gained the notoriety of being one of the most dangerous provinces in the country, big thanks to the Abu Sayyaf group et al, no one ever dares to venture out into the island.

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In this Braving Basilan series, let me take you on a journey of unveiling what lies beyond the stigma, behind the rife acts of rebellion , and what is in store for those who takes the leap of faith in setting foot at the infamous province they call, Basilan.


Disproving Notions

I was expecting that the ride aboard the service vehicle provided by the Provincial Government of Basilan will be a silent and cautious trip across the arterial roads of Lamitan City, but I was wrong. Instead, laughter over witty puns and jokes were heard as we swiftly passed by several barangays and rubber plantations. Notions of safety is slowly being dismissed by their happy locals.

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Kuya Amado, our tourism coordinator, was more than inquisitive while he recalled the same experiences he had on board the same vehicle where he toured a growing number of tourists, some solo travelers, visiting the island. A rolling tour indeed, everywhere we go, he tells us a story or two, not of dangerous encounters but of exciting beaches, history and culture, the language, the ethnolinguistic diversity of the people, random gossips, and what awaits still across Maluso and Lampinigan if we only had another day to spare.

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After passing a major thoroughfare somewhere in Lamitan City, we entered a soon to be concreted road network that connects Limook to Balobo to Bulingan. I also noticed that signages pointing to barangay propers were different, instead of Brgy. Bulingan they have Bulingan Barangay, weird eh?

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The road connecting the Bulingan Falls to the city proper passes through several agricultural communities is now being concreted through the joint initiative of Lamitan City Mayor Rose Furigay, the executive department of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the regional government’s Public Works department and the Basilan District Engineering Office. Source: www.philstar.com (2016)

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A few more minutes and as expected, rubber plantations were all around again, and the foul stench of the drying latex was hanging dryly in the air. (Note: do not open car windows if not ready for the Rafflesia like stench) Then after more than thirty minutes of travel time from Isabela City, we have finally reached Bulingan Falls!


Pillars and Serenity

The picturesque Bulingan Falls stood right in front of us. It’s not as tall the Katibawasan Falls of Camiguin nor as wide as Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao Del Sur, but it definitely has its own charm.

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This picturesque 30-foot tall and 40-meter wide waterfall will surely delight visitors seeing it for the first time, not only the water is clear but because of the stone wall that resembles pillars and columns piled together to form a natural work of art.

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The cascading water flows into a natural pool that is now developed by the local tourism office of Lamitan. Several huts and concreted steps are visible around the area, making the waterfall more tourist friendly.

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Rain hadn’t had visited Mindanao for quite a while during our visit so the flowing water is not raging as we had expected it to be. But I am more than happy to be lucky to have visited such a place that is missed by many due to the feeling of being threatened due to the negative news that surrounds the province. But there is always more than what the island seems to be. From my personal opinion, I never felt endangered during the tour, but I felt peace and enjoyed what Basilan has to offer that makes me want to go back again.

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Definitely the other side of the spectrum, visiting and braving to visit the Bulingan Falls, a place nobody dared to visit back in the days, is now made possible by the efforts of the local government in promoting the tourist destinations of Basilan. Kudos to the people behind this.

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Big thanks to the Provincial Tourism Office of Basilan, Kuya Amado our guide, and their Tourism Head, Ms. Shaheenah for making this trip possible.


How To Get There

  • From Manila, take any flights bound for Zamboanga City. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have several flights daily from Manila to Zamboanga.
  • From the Airport, one can opt to take the passenger jeepneys and ride the Canelar bound ones and alight at Plaza Pershing (8php) then just ask where the Zamboanga Port is.
  • From Zamboanga Port there are two options:
    • If Bulingan Falls only: take the earliest fastcraft bound for Lamitan City in Basilan. (150php/pax) Upon arrival, proceed directly to the City Tourism office of Lamitan City and contact them prior to your arrival. This is a must. Contact them through their Facebook Page Abante Lamitan!
    • If visiting Malamawi Island first: Take the earliest fastcraft bound for Isabela City in Basilan, trip takes 45 minutes to an hour depending on the sea conditions. Check out the Basilan Travel Guide for the full details of the trips bound for the cities of Isabela and Lamitan. (150php) Contact the Provincial Tourism Prior to your trip. This is a must.
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Bienvenidos!
  • City Centers are very safe, big thanks to the enlisted personnel manning the province. If planning to visit Bulingan and other places out of the city, make sure to contact the tourism offices prior to the trip so they could arrange your transportation and guides.
  • You may contact the Provincial Tourism Head Ms. Shaheenah at 09177008741


Location in the PhilippinesBraving Basilan: This adventure series narrates what transpired during my day trip across the island of Basilan, as I set foot on my 55th province last August 20, 2018. The road not taken and an eluded paradise – this has been once home to the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group and historically also the staging ground for Moro Raids in Zamboanga. Giving it the notoriety as one the most dangerous provinces in the Philippines. Follow me as I show you the other side of Basilan!


Have you been into the province of Basilan? How was it? Share it in the comments section below!

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The Other Side Of The Spectrum – Bulingan Falls
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Updated August 27, 2018

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