Apr 21, 2010
Kram's Siquijor Wedding
Location : Siquijor, Siquijor Island, Philippines
Good Things About Siquijor
Being Dumaguete-based now, I had Siquijor in my radar. I hear very good things about the place. GIS specialist Al Duncan told me his best time in the Philippines was spent in Siquijor! Fellow Vipassana meditator Mabi wrote a story saying you can see through the water in Siquijor's pier. Of course, there's the allure of meeting the sorcerers from which Siquijor developed a reputation for...thus the moniker, The Mystic Island.
The Wedding Invite
My schedule got a nudge when UPM (UP Mountaineers) Kram texted me an invite to his wedding on the island! With Siquijor just an hour away by ferry from Dumaguete, I was packed and ready to take off.
Kram and I go back to our biking days in UP Diliman. He was a frequent visitor of Sagada and we'd go riding the single-tracks together. In the mountain biking community, he attained halimaw (monster) status when he biked from Manila to Bacolod! With his long hair gone, I guess he's ready to take on the more challenging chapter in this life -- being a Dad and a family man.
Upon arriving at Siquijor's port and seeing through its crystal clear water, I realized Mabi was right. I could go swimming in the pier water of Siquijor. Try doing that at Manila's port harbor! It was love at first sight for Siquijor!
Kram and another UPM, Daddy-O (another halimaw), met me at the pier and we were off for Kram's 4pm wedding at the St. Francis of Asisi Church, just walking distance from the pier. At their house I met his lovely bride-to-be, Jill, their baby (yes, they already have a bouncy 2-month old baby boy), and the rest of his family and would-be inlaws. It was a warm and hospitable accomodation. We were even checked-in at Bulisan Lodging, just across the street.
The wedding was what I consider ideal - small and simple, with only close members of the family attending. I think it was only me and Daddy-O who were not family. What followed was an alfresco garden reception after which we moved to their residence for the more informal gathering over beer and pulutan.
Like I said, Kram, "I hope you and Jill are blessed with more bouncy and healthy babies".
Tour of Siquijor
The following day was earmarked for a tour of the island of Siquijor, hosted by Kram and his family.
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Leave a comment?
(Apr 21, 2010) Best wishes Kram n ur wife Jill!!!
(Apr 30, 2010) ha-ha-ha, gulat naman ako. Halimaw ba? Thanks sa write-up!
(Apr 29, 2010) Congrats! :)
(Apr 29, 2010) I like the bridal car! thanks for posting the pics. :) congrats krammy bear!
(Apr 29, 2010) Congrats!
(Apr 29, 2010) uy congrats to Kram!
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More on Siquijor Island:
Siquijor Island Local Info
Jeeps - there are only 2 routes for jeeps within Siquijor Island - and they are rare. Most people have their own motorcycle transport.
Food - these were suggested by a local to me
Siquijor Island Map
Siquijor - Dumaguete Boat Trips(as of Jan 2023)
Siquijor - Tagbilaran - Cebu City Boat Trips(as of Jan 2023)
En route to Cebu City, the ferries usually make a stop-over to Tagbilaran (Bohol) to pick-up more passengers or unload.
Siquijor - Plaridel Boat Trips(as of Jan 2023)
Siquijor - Cebu (Liloan) - Cebu City BUS Trip(as of Jan 2023)
There is only one bus plying this route - Sugbo Urban. Tourist class coach, a/c, comfortable, Sun-Fri (these dates keep changing). P420 for bus, P275 for ferry to Liloan. Larena Port around 5 am, makes a clockwise roundtrip around Siquijor Island - Larena, Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi (stops at Lazi market for breakfast and leaves 6:50 am), San Juan, Siquijor (arrives 8am, P50 from Lazi to Siquijor Poblacion) and catches the 1pm ferry at Larena Port (Sundays at 3 pm) for Liloan, Cebu and resumes its land route. Arrives Cebu City (South Bus Terminal) 10 pm.
Sugbo Urban is the cheapest and most convenient way because it goes around the island (clockwise) along the circumferential road, passing through - Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi, San Juan, Siquijor...and back to Larena where it takes the ferry at 1 pm. This saves you the hassle and high transport cost of a tricycle. Besides, it's a long trip from the other side of the island to be taking by tricycle.
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