Up to the middle part of the 19th century, the town of San Juan, formerly a tribal village known as Capilay, was a part of the vast municipality of Siquijor while its eastern fringes were a part of the vast municipality of Lazi. San Juan was organized as a new and distinct municipality in the sub-province of Siquijor, Negros Oriental by virtue of the “Acta del Ano 1863”. This document which concluded the negotiation for the creation of the new [...]
Considered as the island of Mystical healers, Siquijor boasts one of its famous healers, Perdo Ano-os. He is from Tigbawan, Lazi and he uses his way of of healing through a light candle while murmuring his ritual or prayers over the sick person. The melted candle is also used as his medication together with herbal plants given to the client. Here in the Philippines, many used to believe about the mysteries of Siquijor. Some are already living testimonies to the [...]
Mt. Pinalirag Dagum is located in Brgy. Cangumantong, 8 kilometers from the town of Lazi, and 10 kilometers from Larena town, via Cang-agong and Cantabon. It is a hill shaped like a cone, overlooking the municipality of Lazi where three (3) crosses are erected. Mt. Pinalirag Dagum is a venue used by Lazihanons in culminating the Station of the Cross from the San Isidro Labrador Parish. It is only one of the many mystical mountains found in the “Isla de [...]
The centuries old enchanting tree along the national highway in Barangay Campalanas, municipality of Lazi is one of the many century-old trees found in the Philippines. As one of Siquijor’s pride, this enchanting tree is not only a site to behold but also provides water to its residents. It is believed to be the oldest and biggest tree in the province of Siquijor. It is a Balete Tree / Dalaquit where the surroundings of which were cemented for the residents [...]
Mt. Ilihan is a beautiful scenery overlooking the neighboring barangays of Siquijor. It is located in the western part of Barangay Ytaya. The shape of Mt. Ilihan is similar to Mayon Volcano in Luzon. On the top of it stands the big cross where the Station of the Cross is being celebrated during holy week. The lush greenery combination of big palm trees, bushes and shrubs makes it more scenic and alluring to visit.
The St. John the Baptist Fluvial Parade is celebrated every 24th of June in celebration of the 2nd devotion fiesta of Barangay Gabayan. It is an activity for the residents to showcase the ability, strength and endurance in boat racing sports, parlor games and the colorful fluvial parade. Because the Philippines is more of a Roman Catholic country by Spanish influence, many provinces here are doing the fluvial parade as part of their yearly devotion to the Gods.
The Sinulog sa Tigbawan is celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January in Siquijor, Philippines. A yearly fiesta celebration of the barangay’s Patron Sr. Santo Niño. It is done by a colored participation of contingents in bedecked costumes, choreographed movements, lively sounds of the sinulog beat in the streets and during the Sinulog showdown competitions. The Sinulog sa Tigbawan is concurrent with the Sinulog celebration in Cebu but the latter having more visitors and congregation.
Several years ago, Cambugahay Falls was not recognized by the Tourism Department of Siquijor in the Philippines because of its untidy area and unpleasant surroundings. Years after, the relentless efforts of the Local Government Unit’s of Siquijor especially the drive of its tourism authorities paid off. They have beautified the area and removed all the displeasing things in Cambugahay Falls. Now, it is a breathtaking scenery of 3 levels of pool with pristine blue waters. Cambugahay Falls is in a [...]
The Saging Festival is one of the many festivals in the island of Siquijor in the Philippines. It recognizes the importance of “saging” or banana in the lives of the people with its many uses. The story of how this plant came to exist is being depicted in dances during the fiesta of Lazi Town every May 15. It usually starts on May 8 with a variety of sports competitions and activities which includes Miss Teen Lazi Pageant, a variety [...]
Ilihan Cave is one of the many caves found in the island of Siquijor. It is one of the most visited by tourists because of its unique stone formation. The entrance of Ilihan Cave is like a coffin which one will get goosebumps when entering. It is about 20 to 30 minutes walk from the barangay road of Sitio Ilihan of barangay Simacolong. Ilihan Cave is located in the Municipality of Lazi in the southeast area of Siquijor island in [...]
The municipality of Lazi is located on the southern part of the island of Siquijor in the Philippines. It is bounded in the north by the municipality of Larena, the Mindanao Sea on the south, the municipalities of Maria and Siquijor on the east and San Juan on the west. The town of Lazi was founded in 1857. Originally this municipality was known as Tigbawan, a name derived from a type of plant that grew in the bay. This name [...]
The construction of the Lazi Convent started in 1887 under the supervision of Fray Toribio Sanchez, using indigenous coral stones and local hardwood. It was completed and blessed in 1891. The Lazi Convent has a spacious area and measures 42 by 38 meters. It is by far, the biggest among the oldest in the Philippines and the whole Asia. By virtue of Presidential Decree No. 260 dated August 1, 1973 as amended by Presidential Decree No. 375, dated January 14, [...]
The Lazi Roman Catholic Church now known as San Isidro Labrador Parish Church (St. Isidore Church) was built in 1884 through the supervision of Recollect Fray Toribio Sanchez, with the same indigenous materials used in the construction of the Lazi Convent. The Philippine National Commission by virtue of the same Presidential Decrees covering the declaration of the Lazi Convent also declares it as one of the historical, landmarks of the Philippines. Like the Lazi Convent, it now invite appreciation and [...]
Known as the mystical island, Siquijor is situated in the southernmost islands in the Visayas It is about 30 kilometers southeast of Negros Island and about 50 kilometers from the closest point of northwestern Mindanao. The Tañon Strait separates it from the other islands in the northwest, the Sulu Sea in the southwest and the Mindanao Sea in the south. The island is composed of six municipalities namely Siquijor, Larena, Lazi, Maria, San Juan and Enrique Villanueva. According to legend, [...]
The central Philippines’ smallest province is the island of Siquijor. In 1565 when the Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi arrived in the central Philippines, he sent a party to explore this island. The mysterious glow of swarms of fireflies in the night made the Spaniards call it “Isla de Fuego” which means Island of Fire. To this day it remains an island of mystery. Spanish legacy remains in the centuries old heritage structures all around Siquijor such as St. [...]