June 02, 2009| Kua Alvin , Kua Riel and I left Dumaguete Port at around 10:00 am via fast craft bound to the Mystical Province of Siquijor. We arrived in Siquijor Port around 11:30 am after more than an hour of "bumpy"" sea-travel. We hired a tricycle locally called as "Pedicab" and looked for affordable hostel.
The driver of the tricycle we hired recommended Villa Marmarina. So Go kami! It took 15 minutes pedicab travel from Port of Siquijor going to this Villa Marmarina. The beach resort is located along the highway going to the town proper of Larena. We got the "kubo type" accommodation (good for 3-4 persons) for 1250 pesos only instead of 1750 after a good conversation with the Japanese owner. :) The beach resort offers excellent accommodation and foods!
We have our lunch in a "Kainan" at Larena- chopsuey and fried chicken- solve ang gutom! I have to drink a lot of water for our next itinerary- courtesy call to the Municipal Mayors- for us to have their approval on our offered NGO programs and services for their respective municipalities.
During our area mapping and survey in the province, we've got the chance to visit and see The Lazi Convent of the Municipality of Lazi and the Century Old Church of Siquijor .
Lazi Convent is one of the historical Landmarks which has been declared by the Philippine Historical Commission in 1985 as the biggest among the oldest convents in the country.
TRIVIA. It was believed that Siquijor Island have risen from the ocean in an immense storm. During Spanish Era, it was called by the Spanish explorers as Fire Island or Isla del Fuego because of the myriad fireflies that they found there.
Hindi pala totoong lugar ito ng "mga aswang at mga mambabarang!" People are accommodating and kind. The place and people are beautiful far from bad stories associated to the province.