Mention the name of the island and most Filipinos would associate it with witchcraft and black magic. In fact during the Holy Week, throngs of "healers"/shamans and sorcerers (and other practitioners of the black art) would flock to the island to make their potions and healing materials during Good Friday and Black Saturday. A huge poster that welcomes visitors in Siquijor's pier includes a warning about activities related to black magic.
I came to Siquijor seeking its fire and magic, but I was looking for the other sort - the fire and magic of sunrise and sunset.
I chose a strategic location for my stay, somewhere accessible for both sunrise and sunset. Sandugan beach in Larena in the western side fits the bill perfectly. Its near the northern tip of the island, so I can easily swing to the other side (east) within 15-20 minutes on a motorcyle.
As soon as I arrived I scouted for location to shoot and found some very interesting mangroves. I ended up returning to one location for sunrise for the next 2 days.
|Sandugan lowtide sunset|
The next day I was up early. The wind was chilly and the coastal road was empty. I got to my favorite tree on the eastern side well before sunrise.
|night and day|
The rest of the day was spent visiting other tourist traps around the island, but I was back again in Sandugan by late afternoon.
|can you spot the raptor?|
|sublime end of day|
So if you ask me: "Is there magic in Siquijor?". My answer would be: definitely! You just have to wake up early or stay out late in the afternoon to experience it. And by the way, the magic follows you anywhere.