|Welcome to the mystical island of Siquijor|
It took over a month to finally decide which destination I would spend my birthday. My heart is yearning for Batanes but considering the limited days off, budget and totally unprepared for it, my options were narrowed down to Agusan del Sur, Bohol and Davao. But after seeing a few Instagram photos, my curiosity and my hidden urge to explore this so-called "island of fire and magic" was triggered; I knew I had to go to Siquijor.
An island rich in culture and mystery
Siquijor is known as Isla del Fuego (Island of Fire) by the Spaniards who discovered the island hundreds of years ago. This is due to the swarms of fireflies that harbored in the molave trees on the island which gives off an eerie glow from afar, much like a burning island of fire.
The island is known for magic and mystery; of witches, supernatural phenomena and known as the source of medicines and herbs prepared by albularyos and herbalists. They even held Healing Festivals where healers and herbalist from Visayas and Mindanao come together to perform healing and participate in the preparation of concoctions made from a variety of tree barks, herbs, roots, insects and other ingredients. It has four municipalities and I was happy that I was able to roam in those areas.