Reaction Paper About Siquijor

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Siquijor when it sizzles Siquijor has magic. Lots of it. To many Filipinos, the name Siquijor conjures up images of voodoo and bizarre rituals. The tiny island (composed of six towns) has been unfairly labelled for centuries, but for those who have discovered its hidden beauty and treasures, they make Siquijor as their second home. Holy Week is the best time to visit Siquijor where magical historical delights beckon around every corner. Our group — Butch Bernas and Guilly Quibir-Licayan (of Tagbilaran City Science High School), Arjame Deniega (of Sevilla National High School), fashion icon Maximiel Tallo, radio personality Edward Guyano, Clarence Pesquira and Michael Lawrence Castillon — was the latest batch to be invited by Fiel Angeli…show more content…
Francis de Assisi Church, Capilay Spring (Lazi), the 400-year old balite tree for fish spa in Lazi (where we chanced to interview actor-singer and Siquijor Vice-Governor Dingdong Avanzado with his wife, Jessa Zaragosa), St. Isidore Church and Convent (Lazi)and Mt. Bandilaan for the Healing Festival. We were able to witness the traditional washing of the feet of the Apostles. The parishioners who bring food to be blessed by the priest and shared with the Apostles. The locals keep the bones of the fish, chicken, pig or cow and hide it atop the “abuhan” in the kitchen with the belief that one will never run out of food for guests in any gathering in one’s house. On Good Friday, before 12 noon, we dipped ourselves in the sea, as we were told that we will be spared from evil spirit if we did that. The next day, Black Saturday, we went to the house of the late Juan Ponce in San Antonio, Siquijor to let Arjame, Maam Guilly, Maximiel and Lawrence see for themselves the ritual of mixing exotic herbs and rather “unusual” ingredients to come up with a potent “sumpa” (antidote) for illnesses and hex. Of course, we didn’t leave Siquijor without visiting the Lugnason Falls and namiesta in barangay Tambisan in San Juan! It’s very Boholano that after we ate, the tagbalay gave us a bringhouse! Burp! Burp! We missed the visit to the famous centuries-old Cang-Isok House, which is made of native material like nipa (a species of palm). Maybe…show more content…
There are many mananambals in San Antonio, most prominent is the Ponce family. The province of Siquijor has gathered the mananambals who practice several styles of healing for tourism through a Healing Festival during Holy Week. For seven Fridays, the herbalists and sorceress roam the forests, seas, caves and cemeteries to gather medicinal herbs and roots. They cook their concoctions on Black Saturday. If you’re still craving a taste of Siquijor’s mystical side, ask a local to point you to a faith healer, as well as shops selling amulets, charms, love potions and other concoctions. The famous Bolo-Bolo folk healing method is a must

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