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SIQUIJOR

This provincial capital is the largest and most populous town in the province. Siquijor is one of the province’s three ports (the others are Lazi and Larena).

Places to See
  • The St. Francis of Assisi Convent, at the Poblacion, has fascinating old Spanish coat of arms in the walls. Its bell tower was built in 1891.
  • The Cang-Isok House, in Brgy. Libo, 3 kms. from Siquijor town proper, was built in the mid-1800s with bamboo and tugas (molave).
  • Eugenia Cave, in Brgy. Luzong, has a deep inclined portal, spectacular travertine deposits and an underground spring.
  • Cantabon Cave, in Brgy. Cantabon, has bathtub rock formations
  • Boljo Cave has huge chambers with numerous stalactites and stalagmites.
  • The 557-m. high Mt. Bandilaan, also called Mt. Malabahog, has a man-made forest, a shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Way of the Cross, five natural springs, caves, a butterfly sanctuary and is home to endemic flora and fauna.
  • Calalinan Beach - Brgy. Calalinan
  • Candanay Norte Beach - Brgy. Candanay Norte
  • Candanay Sur Beach - Brgy. Candanay Sur
  • Dumanhug Beach
  • Mt. Bandilaan Cave
  • Olo Subterranean River (Brgy. Olo)
  • Poblacion Beach
  • Punong Cave
  • Sam-Ang Cave
  • San Antonio Cave (Brgy. San Antonio)
Brief History
  • Siquijor was founded by secular clergymen as a parish in 1783
  • In 1794, Augustinian Recollect Fr. Vicente Garcia landed here.
  • In 1972, Siquijor was made the province's capital by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 1075 and through a plebiscite held on November 8, 1971.
General Information
  • Area (sq. kms.): 850.13
  • Population (2010): 25,231
  • No. of Barangays: 42
  • Income Class: Fourth
  • Zip Code: 6225
  • Area Code: 035
Where to Stay
  • Blue Wave Beach Resort - Brgy. Dumanjug
  • Buhisan Lodge, in Brgy. Canal, has 5 non-airconditioned rooms.
  • Calalinan Beach Garden and Mini Hotel, in Brgy. Calalinan, along the beach 1 km. west of the town, has 9  non-airconditioned rooms with bath (2 single, 4 double, 3 family), restaurant, sing-along bar and offers jeepney and boat trips and motorbikes and bicycles for hire.
  • Das Traum Guest Haus – Brgy. Pangi
  • Dondeezco Beach Resort, in Brgy. Dumanjug, 2 kms. west of the town, has a 4-room cabana, 4-room duplex hut, 2-room duplex and a 2-room cottage, restaurant, tennis court, picnic tables and offers vehicle and pumpboat service.
  • Kevin’s Beach House & Restaurant – Brgy. Candanay Sur
  • Norwegian Dream Beach Resort – Brgy. Candanay Sur
  • Rady's Pension House and Snack Bar, in Brgy. Pulangyuta, has 2 non-airconditioned single rooms, six 6-pax rooms, restaurant and a multi-purpose hall with two conference rooms.
  • Siquijor Lodge & Restaurant – Brgy. Pangi
  • Swiss Stars Guest House & Restaurant – Brgy. Pangi
  • Tirakol Beach Resort, in Brgy. Candanay Sur, has 2 non-airconditioned cottages, 1 non-airconditioned double room and a restaurant.
  • Villa Marmarine Beach Resort – Brgy. Candanay Sur
Where to Shop

In the town’s market can be found ihalason (sardines) and tognos (tiny fish eaten raw).

How to Get There

BY AIR:

The town has an airport at Brgy. Cang-alwang. Used for chartered flights, it has a 3,200-ft. long unpaved runway.

BY SEA:

Destinations (Siquijor to:)

  • Dumaguete City (Negros Oriental): (Delta Ferries)
Festivals
  • October 4 (Dila-ab Festival, St. Francis of Assisi)
  • September 17 (Araw ng Siquijor, Solili Festival) - features the Solili Binalaye, a celebration reminiscent of the courtship period between Tukmo and Punay. Here the groom’s kin size up and get to know the bride. As a tribute to newly weds, merrymakers dance the solili amidst shouts of “Solili Binalaye!”
  • Black Saturday (Tang-Alap Ritual) - held in Brgy. San Antonio, named after the patron saint of medicine, this bewitching and enchanting  is held in the belief that, with Christ dead, other unknown powers able to put healing powers on the medicine are released.
  • Witches Festival
Medical Assistance
  • Provincial Hospital (100 beds) - Brgy. Pangi (tel: 344-2012)

  

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