Siquijor

The tiny island of Siquijor, named Isla de Fuego (Island of Fire) by the Spanish when they first arrived on the island in the sixteenth century, has maintained an air of mystery. To this day some Filipinos believe it to be the center of witchcraft in the Philippines. The name Isla de Fuego came from the fiery light emitted by the swarms of fireflies that can still be found in the island to this day. Going around Siquijor you will find a peaceful place, full of friendly locals with big smiles on their faces, beautiful beaches, waterfalls, architecture, as well as seventy-two kilometers of paved coastal roads that make riding easy and pleasurable.

What to do in Siquijor?

Beaches in Siquijor

Take advantage of the cemented circumferential road and ride around the island and check out the island’s beaches.  Paliton beach is still fairly undeveloped and quiet and has fine white sand and coconut trees perfect for sunbathing, swimming, reading a book and a great instagram post. Whatever you decide to do, stick around and watch the sunset from the beach. It is still blessed with very few visitors, no vendors, and if you are lucky no tricycle drivers waiting for their passengers while blasting really loud music.

Cambugahay waterfalls is a three-tiered waterfalls and a swimming hole with clear water. Important to know that rain the night before or the same day usually turns the water brown as all the silt in the bottom is stirred up. Swings from which you can throw yourself from, have been placed around the falls to add an element of fun to the whole experience. Other less known falls are Lugnason and Lagaan which can be an option if it gets too crowded in Cambugahay.

Salagdoong beach is another popular destination among beach lovers.  Buy some food at a local market and cook it in the bbq pits available in the area.  Salagdoong beach also counts with a slide and a couple of spots from which you can dive if you are not scared of heights.  On the downside, if you are looking for peace and quiet, this may not be the ideal location as you may find yourself in the middle of a bit of a karaoke session blasting music which will be heard loud and clear from the beach.

If you are looking for peace and quiet, a beach and the friendliest service in miles, head down to Villa Marmarine.  This cozy beach resort is built right next to a beautiful white sand beach, fairly near the port of Lucena and away from the crowds.

Lazi beach is perhaps the most remote of all, don’t expect white sand, or sand at all as it is mainly rocks and crushed coral.  Lazi beach is another alternative for great sunsets and no people, just remember to bring river shoes as getting in the water can become a painful experience.

Other sights in Siquijor

If you fancy the outdoors but have had enough beaches, you can make your way to the famous Balete tree and have fish do your pedicure, or head down to Capilay Spring Park, a cold natural fresh water park, that is free to the public.  This may be the perfect place to wash away all the salt after a day at the beach.

Finally, go see one of the oldest churches on the island the San Isidro Labrador Parish Church or commonly called Lazi Church. It’s a neoclassical church built from sea stones with wood flooring, it also has 2 pulpits and a striking blue ceiling.

Where to stay in Siquijor

If you are looking to stay inn the area of San Juan, and budget is not much of an issue, U Story Guesthouse and Coco Grove Beach Resort are 2 great options. Both might fall on the pricier end but definitely offer more than just a place to rest your head after a full day of activities. Coco Grove has a private beach front with white sand, only accessible to guests (you cant swim in it if you are just eating at the restaurant), a good restaurant, and although its entrance is along the main road everything else is tucked away and offers a quiet haven. They also have a dive centre and is the only resort on the island which offers day trips (for both scuba divers and snorkelers) to Apo Island off the coast of Dumaguete. U Story  Guesthouse on the other hand is so eye catching. It doesn’t have the white sand beach but it does provide access to the sea via some steps that lead down into the clear water below that you can just jump right into and start swimming. It also has an amazing restaurant with a pretty cozy hangout area with big pillows on the floor and relaxing yellow lighting. They also have tables set-up among the trees placed at a distance from each other that give a feeling of spaciousness and privacy. Relatively close to the Siquijor Pier ant the port of Larena, is Villa Marmarine which offers both fan and A.C. rooms with a sea view and each room has their own dedicated router and internet access too! Add to this, a truly pristine and beautiful fine white sand beach with no one else around and a restaurant that offers delicious Japanese food and other dishes.

Where to eat in Siquijor

Part of where to eat is already discussed above, and although walk-ins are accepted in all of them, it might be best to call ahead and make a reservation especially at U Story Guesthouse as they get full during dinner. Another place with great ambiance and scrumptious food is Baha Bar which offers vegetarian options and all their products are locally sourced.  Their kinilaw (a Filipino take on ceviche) is delicious. If you are also looking for a nice place to have some sunset drinks or have a few after dinner, just 500 meters down the road from Baha Bar is Republika with a few tables and chairs, hammock, and a swing for people to sit on in a very laid back garden setting. It’s also right next to the beach so you can hear the crashing of the waves on the shore.

Siquijor is easily accessible from the ports of Tagbilaran in Bohol, Liloan in Santander (Cebu) and Dumaguete.

 

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Moto Builds Pilipinas 2017

It’s that time of the year… The 3rd edition of Moto Builds Pilipinas just took place and Sakay & Co was there to see what the biggest custom bike show in the country was all about.

The 3rd edition of this young show was hosted this time round in M.O.A.’s SMX Convention center and was included as a part of the 25th edition of Trans Sport Show.

We were anxious to see what the different Pinoy builders had in store and having been in numerous shows around the world, we wanted to see it for ourselves.  Also, we took this opportunity to present Alir, Beltza and La Pirata to the local custom bike building community.

What we loved:

The people.  In the Philippines it’s always the people.  The atmosphere was fantastic.  The event offered a platform for big and not so big builders to show their work, hang out, and meet riders, enthusiasts and backyard builders who in [almost] anonymity brought to the main stage some amazing world class builds.  Not to mention we made some very good new friends who we look forward to ride with soon and why not share some BBQ liempo with.

It was also very exciting to see some rare classics and the presence of one of BCR Designs machines on display (one of the many perks of being in the Philippines).

We mentioned we took 3 of our own to be displayed and we didn’t do too bad!  Both Beltza and La Pirata rolled into the venue almost directly from Batangas port as they returned, dirty and well ridden, from an amazing 10 day ride through Mindoro and Panay Islands.  We were up against some amazing bikes in 2 categories (Café Racer 201cc Up and Brat Tracker 201cc Up) and took the 3rd place in the latter with La Pirata.

What we missed:

It is a bike show guys, it would have been amazing to see some of the bikes parade onto the stage, listen to the engines and smell the petrol (without being told off for doing so). Booths were limited, crammed and cornered, which did not seem ideal for an event of its type.

Lastly, as part of the show, there was a build-off for which 5 builders were picked to build a bike starting with a Yamaha SZ150 and turn it into a chopper (picked out of a hat with Chopper, Bobber OR Cafe Racer options in it) in a month.  Unfortunately, not every builder complied, and even though all 5 builds were a great show of skills, a chopper is a chopper…

In any case, we would like to thank the organisers for putting up such a great event and congratulate the winners and all the people who participated and didn’t take a trophy home for making the show what it is today.  We will definitely return next year!

Alir

Year

1985

Brand

Honda

Model

CBX750F

Engine

747 cc / 45.6 ci

Colour

Beige

Style

Brat / Cafe Racer

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