March 16, 2002

The island of mystery and magic, Siquijor

Have you ever ended up some place and never wanted to leave? It happend to me in a little island in the Philippines. I was in Siquijor, an island where every sunset is full of mystery and the sky is all shades of orange. This island has a tradition of witchcraft and magic. Some say spirits roam after dark. One afternoon, I climbed up the hill in the middle of the island. On top, I met some kids. They showed me the entrance to an underground cave system they wanted to explore. I joined them. We entered the crevice that served as the mouth. We snaked through the narrow cave. Water flowed from the the cracks on the wall. Several times, we found ourselves wading through a stream. Twenty odd more minutes of squeezing, we found a chamber with a small underground pond.

The underground cave

All colors of sky

Early morning walk

The first church


The Philippines


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