FeaturesEscape destination: Siquijor

Escape destination: Siquijor


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By Jasmin Padios Ybañez

I can’t get enough of Siquijor.

My daughter and I spent our Holidays and New Year’s eve at Siquijor last year.

It was my 6th times  in that mystical  island but I cant get enough of it.

Here are the reasons:


Paradise Island.

It is a place  where the soft white sand meets crystal-clear turquoise waters. This secluded gem in the heart of the Regions VI  offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  Just an hour from Dumgauete City you will enjoy the  island sorrounded with coconut trees and  acacia swaying gently in the breeze and the soothing sound of waves lapping against the shore. This pristine oasis beckons travelers seeking serenity and natural beauty. Whether you’re lounging on the beach, snorkeling in the vibrant coral reefs, or simply soaking up the sun, Siquijor  promises an unforgettable tropical retreat.  Don’t miss to check the newly renovated Salagdoong beach owned by the LGU. Miss not to experience swinging at Paliton Beach  with a video session to be taken by a human drone.



Pitogo Cliff Jumping. Experience the thrill of cliff jumping at Pitogo Cliff, where adrenaline meets breathtaking scenery. Perched atop rugged cliffs overlooking the azure waters below, adventurers are invited to take the plunge into adventure. With the wind in your hair and the rush of adrenaline in your veins, leap from varying heights into the refreshing embrace of the sea. Whether you’re a first-time jumper or a seasoned thrill-seeker, Pitogo Cliff promises an exhilarating experience against the backdrop of stunning coastal cliffs and the setting sun.

Cambugahay Waterfalls. Prepare for an exhilarating rush as you take the leap on the swinging jump at Cambugahay WaterFalls. Hanging amidst lush greenery, this natural wonder offers the perfect backdrop for your daring adventure. Feel the anticipation build as you swing out over the cascading waters, then take the plunge into the refreshing pool below. With the roar of the waterfall as your soundtrack, this swinging jump promises an unforgettable blend of adrenaline and natural beauty.


Mountain Resort and Cafe.

La Cundura is  nestled amidst towering peaks and lush forests, where luxury meets adventure. LaCundura mountain resort boasts a charming hotel offering cozy accommodations with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Unwind in their  inviting swimming pool, surrounded by the crisp mountain air and serene ambiance. Indulge your taste buds with their delectable cuisine, crafted with locally sourced ingredients and expertly prepared by creative chefs. From savory mountain-inspired dishes to delightful desserts, every meal at LaCundura is a culinary delight. Whether you’re savoring a hearty breakfast before hitting the trails or enjoying a gourmet dinner under the stars, the resort promises a memorable dining experience that will satisfy even the most discerning palate.

BuCafe. Perched atop the majestic peaks of San Juan, Bucafe offers a serene retreat for weary travelers and adventure seekers alike. Enjoy a moment of tranquility as you sip on freshly brewed coffee while taking in panoramic views of the sprawling valleys below.  Th cozy Bucafe also serves a variety of refreshing beverages and light snacks, perfect for rejuvenating after a day of caving or swimming. Whether you’re seeking a quiet escape or simply craving a delicious pick-me-up, Bucafe invites you to relax and recharge amidst the breathtaking beauty of San Juan summit.

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Hapitanan. Welcome to Hapitanan  Enchanted Broomsticks, where imagination takes flight! Step into whimsical world and experience the magic of capturing the perfect photo atop a broomstick that’s straight out of a fairy tale. With their specially designed prop mystical and creative photography set up, you’ll feel like you’re soaring through the skies on a witch’s broom. It’s a truly unique experience that promises to enchant visitors of all ages and create unforgettable memories. So grab your camera and get ready to take flight at Hapitanan  Enchanted Broomsticks!

Lala-o Sunset. My daughter and I watched the last sunset of 2023 at Lala-o.  As the day gently fades into twilight, Siquijor Island transforms into a canvas painted with hues of gold, orange, and pink. The sun, a blazing orb of fiery brilliance, begins its descent toward the horizon, casting a warm glow across the landscape. The waves, kissed by the soft light, dance gracefully along the shore, their rhythmic melody a soothing accompaniment to the symphony of colors unfolding in the sky.

Perched atop a rocky outcrop, we watch in awe as the sun dips lower, casting long shadows that stretch across the sand. The air is filled with the scent of salt and sea, mingling with the sweet fragrance of tropical blooms. Silhouettes of palm trees sway gently against the backdrop of the setting sun, their fronds ablaze with the last rays of daylight.

Time seems to stand still as we drink in the beauty of this perfect sunset, etching the moment into our memory forever. In this fleeting instant, surrounded by the natural splendor of Siquijor Island, I was reminded the first time we watched Lala-o sunset was with my husband last 2017 during Valentines day. It was romantic and overload with sweetness.


Escape Vacation. For weeks, my daughter and I had planned this escape, a chance to leave behind the weight of some family and work problems and rediscover the bond that unites us. As we watched the stars twinkle overhead and felt the warmth of the tropical night, we shared stories and laughter, in our hearts lighter than we’ve been in months.

I wrapped my arm around my daughter’s shoulders, drawing her close as we reflect on the challenges we’ve faced and the strength we’ve found within each other. Together, we envision a future filled with possibility and promise, buoyed by the love and support we share.

As the clock strikes midnight and fireworks illuminate the night sky, my daughter and I stood hand in hand on the shores of a secluded island. With the soft sound of waves lapping against the shore and the salty breeze rustling through our hair, we welcomed the new year with a sense of renewal and hope.

In this moment, under the canopy of stars and surrounded by the beauty of the island, we find solace and healing. As we embrace the new year with open hearts and renewed spirits, we know that no matter what the future holds, we will face it together, united in our bond as mother and daughter.





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