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Siquijor Star Meditation Center Aug 31, 2023

Siquijor Star Meditation Center

Location Google Map: Siquijor Star Meditation Center, San Juan, Siquijor Island, Philippines

An Opening
Siquijor's first meditation center had a ribbon-cutting high up in the mountain to celebrate its opening. Meditators of many creeds came and celebrated - Vipassana meditators included. Noel, one of the founders and a Vipassana meditator, invited me.

Practitioners
Siquijor being Siquijor, the center accommodates diverse meditation practices including travels into the far side of the unseen reality where fairies, elementals and deities dwell. Yes, 'enchanted' is a familiar household word in Siquijor.

Rituals
The blessing of the place was conducted by shamans of different persuasions, including the Catholic way (the Philippines being predominantly Catholic) and paganism (spirituality in nature and the natural processes). Talks ranged from conventional, to kingdoms from the other side as shamans who tread both worlds narrate their other-worldly existence when on the other side.

Star Meditation Center
The place itself is modest but with a panoramic view of the water. It's breezy and even on a hot day, being under the thatched roofing of the gazebo makes it feel cool. The energy is engaging as the center is inviting.

Siquijor Star Meditation Center
the thatched meditation center overlooking the water

Conflicts?
Given the many different meditation practices and practitioners, one would think there would be many conflicting views - just like different religions where its holy men kill each other in the name of their God. NO! At the center, there is a mutual respect for the uniqueness of everyone's practice. Even Vipassana meditators who adhere strictly to their practice are comfortable in this mix. We (I speak for Vipa here) are not here to convert anyone or mix our practice with anything else. We simply do our thing and be in harmony with everyone else.

Lee Kuan Yew
Just how powerful is meditation? Don't take it from me - take it from Lee Kuan Yew. To those too young to know of him, he is the founding father of Singapore. Every US president and nearly most of the global heads of state make their pilgrimage to seek his counsel. Yes, he is a very wise, and very experienced elder statesman who is sought after for his wisdom and insight. He said something I won't forget. If he has to make an important decision that will affect the lives of millions of people, he meditates on it before making a final edict.

Ending Thoughts
This talk about other dimensions, other beings and mystical capabilities might seem woo-woo to the normies (conventional/mainstream thinkers), but it's common in rural areas in the Philippines.

In Valencia, Negros Oriental where I lived for a year, the locals talk about these entities as part of their day-to-day lives (e.g., "...the Black Prince from the 'other side' came to my kitchen and his followers ate all my rice."). There seemed to be an overlap of these worlds and ours. Think of the movie Roger Rabbit where cartoon characters co-existed with humans in the human world. Well, that's the analogy. Other-worldly beings come and go to our world as gifted humans are also able to go the other realms and come back to our default world.

Even in yoga, this is talked about. In the Autobiography of a Yogi, the author, Paramahansa Yogananda, left his body (when he was ordained into the Order of Swamis) and traveled to the astral realm. His description of that world fits what these local shamans are saying. In fact, there are many other worlds - not just the astral realm.

Human perception is very limited as demonstrated by what our eyes can see - only visible light, which is a limited section of the electromagnetic spectrum. Same thing with the many layers of reality that normies don't experience (and therefore dismiss as woo-woo) because it's beyond human perception. However, some practices and teachings allow humans to breach this threshold. All these 'miracles' and supernatural phenomena are governed by the same natural laws. They are as much a part of our universe - we just don't have the means to experience (or measure them).

Meditation is one of the more established means to increase our range of perception - from gross solidity of our physical reality, to the subtle vibrations where sensations arise and dissipate in the continuing cycle of impermanence. When you experience the clarity of mind that removes the clutter and cobwebs, you also develop the sensitivity to perceive the more subtle realms of reality. And once you experience it, you can no longer un-see it. You are irreversibly transformed.

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San Juan Local Tips
  1. Resorts - San Juan is the district in Siquijor with most of the upscale resorts, and thus the most popular area. The coastline is lined-up with resorts that open up to the coral reef for snorkeling. Fine white sand beaches are rare along the San Juan coast.
  2. Transport - from Siquijor Poblacion, jeep, tricycle and motorcycle rides are available. There are local jeeps and tricycles that charge between PHP 20-40 until San Juan Poblacion. Tricycles and motorcycles can be contracted privately at higher fees.
  3. Capilay Spring - San Juan has a free, open-air and public bathing spring right along the highway. It could be cold but definitely refreshing.

Blogs

San Juan, Siquijor Blogs
San Juan SAN JUAN

  • Canghaling Cave November 14, 2023
  • Siquijor Star Meditation Center Aug 31, 2023
  • Heeeere's Johnnie! Feb 26, 2023
  • Capilay Spring Jan 17, 2023
  • Siquijor: In Search of Resonance Jan 9-14, 2023
  • Riding Around Siquijor's 86km Coastal Road Apr 3, 2012
  • Exploring the Cantabon Cave of Siquijor Feb 23, 2012
  • Jovee and Missy's Excellent Adventure Nov 6-7, 2010
  • Freediving in Siquijor's Marine Sancturaries Apr 23-24, 2010
  • Island Tour of Siquijor Apr 22, 2010
  • Kram's Siquijor Wedding Apr 21, 2010

  • 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.

    1. Siquijor Port to Lazi - last trip leaves at 3pm from station near market
    2. Lazi to Siquijor Port - jeeps depart from the Lazi Port area. 5 jeeps, the last trip at 12:30 pm. Lazi to San Juan, P50.
    3. Larena Port to Lazi - jeeps are unpredictable. As of this writing, there is only 1 jeep plying the Larena-Lazi route. This jeep leaves Larena for Lazi at 9:50am. After that, no more jeep. You'll have to take a tricycle to Siquijor Pob for jeeps going to Lazi
    4. Lazi to Larena Port - 6am (daily) and 9 am (M-Th)

    Food - these were suggested by a local to me

    1. Lechon manok & liempo - roasted pork belly and chicken at Joel's in Siquijor Poblacion. I've tried this myself...yummy, even if the chicken was no longer hot
    2. Bibingka - sweetened rice cake by Fidy's Bibingka (P30) in Sawang, Maria. I've come back for this and I buy for other people as well as 'pasalubong' - they love this
    3. Siopao - at the Rosita store near Thrifty (P25) in Siquijor Poblacion
    4. Peanut butter - by Rene. Just ask around in Siquijor Poblacion. It's popular
    5. Torta - sweet cakish bread at the Thrifty story in Siquijor Poblacion
    Siquijor Island Map
    Siquijor
    Siquijor - Dumaguete Boat Trips (as of Jan 2023)
    1. Montenegro Lines - at Siquijor Port, P234.00/pax, P169/bicycle, 7:30am/10:00am/2:00pm/4:30pm

    2. Montenegro Lines, Siquijor to Dumaguete

    3. Aleson Shipping - at Siquijor Port, 6 am and 6 pm daily, 1:30 pm M-Sat, Regular P200.00/pax, Aircon P250.00/pax

    4. Aleson Shipping, Dumaguete to Siquijor

    5. Ocean Jet - 40 mins,at Siquijor Port, 0919.066.5964, www.oceanjet.net, marketing@ocenajet.net, 6:00am/6:00pm, P350/pax (tourist/open air), P580/pax (business class)

      Ocean Jet


    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.

    1. Ocean Jet - 8:20 am, at Siquijor Port
      To Tagbilaran: P800/tourist & open air, 2 hours (arrive 10:20 am), P1200/business class
      To Cebu (Pier 1): P1600/tourist & open air, 4 hours (arrive 12:40 am), P2400/business class
    2. Lite Ferries - at Larena Port, no Senior Citizen discount for online ticket purchase
      To Tagbilaran: T-Th-Sun, 3 hours, depart 7 pm - arrive 10 pm, P475/standard (Tourist, PHP 750)
      To Cebu: T-Th-Sun, 10 hours, depart 7 pm - arrive 5 am, PHP 605/standard (Senior P484), Tourist, PHP 770
    3. Apekoptravel - at Larena Port to Tagbilaran: 1:00 pm, xxx hours, P750
      Reserve through call or text: Cleare - 0938 283 4760 | Grace - 0936 534 6564 | Jessel - 0961 759 6711, Pay via G-Cash: +63-917-880-1464, Email: momovillageadventure@gmail.com, Facebook messenger: Apekoptravel. Enter your birthday and nationality to get discounts: 0 to 3 years old free, 4 to 9 years old will have 20% discount, 10 years old and above full price, Filipino Senior Citizens will also have 20% discount


    Siquijor - Plaridel Boat Trips (as of Jan 2023)
    1. Lite Ferries - at Larena Port, T-Th-Sun, 2:00 am, 5 hours, PHP?


    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.


    Sugbo Urban

    Sugbo Urban

    Suggested Destinations After Siquijor Island

    These are the nearest popular destinations from Siquijor by boat

    1. Bohol - Bohol is an island northeast Siquijor. Tourist attractions are Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Monkey, Loboc River Cruise, Beaches of Panglao, whale sharks (recent offering), freediving (recent offering)
    2. Cebu - Cebu City is the usual gateway into the Visayas. But in Cebu Island itself, there are many offerings - Whale Sharks of Oslob, sardine run at Moalboal,Thresher Shark of Malapascua
    3. Dapitan (Zamboanga del Norte) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.
    4. Dumaguete - Dumaguete is a small charming progressive coastal town in Negros Oriental. Cafe and restaurants line the famous Boulevard Boardwalk. Tourist attractions include Japanese Shrine, Casaroro Falls, snorkeling along the southern coastline (Dauin, Masaplod Norte, etc), Balinsasayao Twin Lakes
    5. Plaridel (Misamis Occidental, Mindanao) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.

    Blogs

    Siquijor Blogs
    Siquijor Island
    1. Goodbye Siquijor April 18, 2024
    2. January Chronicles: Bandilaan Meditation January 2024
    3. My January Yoga Practice: A Journal January 31, 2024
    4. Jan 2024: Squid, Balangawan, Margarita Pizza January 2024
    5. December Chronicles: Yuletide Season December 30, 2023
    6. December Snapshots: Bolo Bolo Dip, Christmas Lunch, Tuba Denizens, Friends Forever, Men Working, Cow / Crow December 1-30, 2023
    7. Eggplant Bulad Pizza December 20, 2023
    8. Canghaling Cave November 14, 2023
    9. Kings and Queens November 13, 2023
    10. Barangay Vote-Buying October 22, 2023
    11. Real Estate Mapping October 1, 2023
    12. Learning Cebuano: Oct October 1-31, 2023
    13. Oct Food Hack: Pizza, Kinilaw, Coconut Bread, Fish Okuy, Carrot Omelette,Lemon-Grass Tea October 2023
    14. Sep Snapshots: Fisherman, Granny, Pedicure, Big Fish, Garbage September 1-30, 2023
    15. Sep Food Hack: Fish Tinola, Ratatouille, Chayote Omelette, Flat Bread September 2023
    16. Together Forever Sep 11, 2023
    17. The Cigarette Talk Sep 1, 2023
    18. Siquijor Star Meditation Center Aug 31, 2023
    19. The Lost Dogs of Siquijor Aug 27, 2023
    20. Moving to a Bungalow! Aug 22, 2023
    21. Aug Chronicles: CDO produce August 31, 2023
    22. Aug Snapshots: Pan de Sal, Palpitate, Taho, Tuna, Pineapple August 1-31, 2023
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    24. July Chronicles July 31, 2023
    25. July Snapshots July 1-31, 2023
    26. Learning Cebuano: July July 1-31, 2023
    27. June Chronicles June 31, 2023
    28. June Snapshots June 1-31, 2023
    29. Learning Cebuano: June June 1-31, 2023
    30. May Chronicles May 31, 2023
    31. May Snapshots May 1-31, 2023
    32. Learning Cebuano May 1-31, 2023
    33. In Search of a Cool Climate May 25, 2023
    34. The 64 km Bike Ride May 16, 2023
    35. Lazi Fiesta May 15, 2023
    36. The Boulevard Opening May 5, 2023
    37. April Snapshots April 1-30, 2023
    38. Learning Cebuano...Again! April 1-30, 2023
    39. Kris Visits Siquijor Mar 17 - Apr 15, 2023
    40. Exploring Siquijor with Marky Mar 25 - Apr 11, 2023
    41. Siquijor Healing Festival April 5-8, 2023
    42. The Talk at United Church of Christ April 2, 2023
    43. Mar Snapshots Mar 1-31, 2023
    44. Vigil for the Ghost Ship of Siquijor March 31, 2023
    45. Judging an Essay on Gender Equality Mar 29, 2023
    46. The Thief, the Shaman, the Elves and the Police Mar 20, 2023
    47. Finally Acquiring the Motorbike Mar 18, 2023
    48. Bitcoin Blunder Mar 15, 2023
    49. Maria's Unsung Beaches Mar 11, 2023
    50. Lagaan Falls Mar 9, 2023
    51. Tibhong Spring Water Source Mar 8, 2023
    52. Bolo-Bolo Natural Spring Mar 2, 2023
    53. Reasons to Get a Wife March 1, 2023
    54. Feb Snapshots Feb 28, 2023
    55. Camagung-Ong Natural Spring Feb 28, 2023
    56. Heeeere's Johnnie! Feb 26, 2023
    57. Manifesting a Motorbike from Thin Air? Feb 18, 2023
    58. The 'Bad Guy' of Siquijor Feb 15, 2023
    59. Amazement from Drivers License Renewal in Siquijor Feb 15, 2023
    60. Locong Falls Feb 9, 2023
    61. Inguinal Hernia? Goodbye ABS! Feb 4, 2023
    62. Jan Snapshots January 31, 2023
    63. In Search of Tubod Cold Spring Jan 27, 2023
    64. 1:4:2:3 Nadi Shodana Jan 26, 2023
    65. Lazi's Boulevard Jan 22, 2023
    66. Lazi: A Monthly Stay Jan 21, 2023
    67. 7 Days in Maria, Siquijor Jan 14-21, 2023
    68. Capilay Spring Jan 17, 2023
    69. Siquijor: In Search of Resonance Jan 9-14, 2023
    70. Riding Around Siquijor's 86km Coastal Road Apr 3, 2012
    71. Exploring the Cantabon Cave of Siquijor Feb 23, 2012
    72. Jovee and Missy's Excellent Adventure Nov 6-7, 2010
    73. Freediving in Siquijor's Marine Sancturaries Apr 23-24, 2010
    74. Island Tour of Siquijor Apr 22, 2010
    75. Kram's Siquijor Wedding Apr 21, 2010

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