Siquijor

BRIEF DESCRIPTION 

The whole island of Siquijor was declared a marine reserve and tourist zone in 1978 by virtue of Proclamation No. 1810. As such, the island-province will be developed into a major tourist destination under the supervision of the Philippine Tourism Authority. 

 

Known for its scenic beauty and archaic churches, Siquijor is also blessed with natural and historical attractions. Its unspoiled environment and the warm hospitality of its people never fail to beckon visitors from all over. The serenity of the whole province makes it ideal for a perfect getaway. 

 

It lures nature lovers and adventurers to explore its numerous caves, springs and rivers, and to climb up Mount Bandilaan, the highest peak at the center of the island. Being a coral island, it also invites diving enthusiasts to explore the reefs surrounding the island, teeming with marine life which have been remarkably left untouched. For tourists who just want to lay back and relax, the island offers a never-ending stretch of white sand beaches, all 102 kilometers of shorelines surrounding the island. It also provides a trip to the past with the old Cang-Isok house, St. Francis de Assisi Church, St. Isidore Labrador Parish and Convent which is reputed to be one of the country’s largest convents. 

 

With such varied tourist attractions, Siquijor looms as the playground of the Central Visayas region. 

 

TOPOGRAPHY 

Siquijor Island is mostly made up of limestone material and fringed by mangroves, white sandy beaches and coral reefs. It has approximately 102 kilometers of shoreline. With the exception of relatively flat coastal plains in Lazi and San Juan, most of the island’s interior is either hilly or mountainous. The center of the island is elevated, the highest point of which is the Mt. Bandilaan, rising at approximately 557 meters above sea level. 

 

COASTAL AREA 

The coastal zone around the island is 84.46 square kilometers. Mangrove area is 3.82 sq. km., shore area is 15.49 sq. km. and coral reefs is 800 sq. km. 

 

AQUATIC AREA 

Major fishing grounds are found throughout Siquijor Sea, Bohol Strait, and Mindanao Sea. Inland fishery includes fresh and blackish water. The province has 15 hectares of fishponds and 71 hectares of swamp lands. 

 

POPULATION 

The people of Siquijor numbered 81,598 (2000 census), with an average annual growth of 2.19%. Major population centers in the towns of Larena, Siquijor, and Lazi. 

 

The province has a literacy rate of 92.5% (as of 1989). This figure places Siquijor among the highly literate provinces in the country, with its educated citizens trained for any suitable job. The province has a predominantly young population with about 81% aged 15 and above. Dependency rate is 49.45%. Population density is 237.55 sq. km. (as of 2002). 

 

CLIMATE 

In most parts of the province, it is dry from January to May and wet the rest of the year. The southern part of the province is dry from November to April and wet the rest of the year. Annual rainfall is 1.305% ml. with mean temperature of 27.8°C and humidity of 78%.

  • KAHIMUNAN FESTIVAL

    Libertad, Butuan City

    January 15

  • SINULOG FESTIVAL

    Cebu City

    January 15

  • FESTIVALS OF HEART

    Tanjay City, Negros Oriental

    February 1- February 28

  • FESTIVAL OF HEARTS

    Tanjay City, Negros Oriental

    February 14

  • CEBU X INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS EXHIBITION

    Cebu City, Cebu

    February 21- February 27

  • CEBU CITY CHARTER DAY

    Cebu City

    February 24

  • Utanon Festival

    Dalaguete, Cebu

    February 6

  • Bod-bod Kabog Festival

    Catmon, Cebu

    February 10

  • Tawo-Tawo Festival

    Bayawan City, Negros Oriental

    February 17

  • CEBU CITY CHARTER DAY

    Cebu City

    February 24

  • PASAYAW FESTIVAL

    Canlaon City, Negros Oriental

    March 17

  • VIS-MIN TRAVEL and LIFESTYLE SHOW

    SM Cebu Trade Hall

    March 7 9

  • SOLI-SOLI FESTIVAL

    San Francisco, Camotes Island, Cebu

    March 18

  • KABANHAWAN FESTIVAL

    Minglanilla, Cebu

    March 23

  • Hinatdan Festival

    Ginatilan, Cebu City

    March (2nd week)

  • PASKO SA KASAKIT (SEMANA SANTA SA BANTAYAN)

    Bantayan, Cebu

    April 5-6

  • BUHING KALBARYO

    Cebu City, Cebu

    April 5-6

  • LENTEN FESTIVAL OF HERBAL PREPARATION

    San Antonio, Siquijor

    April 5-6

  • HALADAYA FESTIVAL

    Daan Bantayan, Cebu

    April 8

  • KADAUGAN SA MACTAN FESTIVAL

    Bgy. Mactan, Lapu-Lapi City, Cebu

    April 7

  • FOLK HEALING

    SAN ANTONIO, SIQUIJOR

    April 7 (BLACK SATURDAY)

  • PAHINUNGOD FESTIVAL

    Calape, Bohol

    May 1-10

  • MANTAWI FESTIVAL

    Mandaue City, Cebu

    May 7

  • FIESTA BICOLANDIA CRUISE "PEÑAFRANCIA PILGRIMAGE"

    Cebu City

    May 14-18

  • BOLIBONG KINGKING FESTIVAL

    Loboc, Bohol

    May 24 25

  • QUEEN CITY INTERNATIONAL RUN

    Cebu

    May 22

  • PAMUHUAN FESTIVAL

    Pinamungajan, Cebu

    May 4

  • KAGASANGAN FESTIVAL

    MOALBOAL, CEBU

    May 15

  • LAPYAHAN FESTIVAL

    SAN REMIGIO, CEBU

    May 16

  • LUBI FESTIVAL

    MARIA , SIQUIJOR

    May 21

  • SINUGBOAN FESTIVAL

    GARCIA-HERNANDEZ, BOHOL

    May 27

  • ROSQUILLOS FESTIVAL

    LILOAN, CEBU

    May 29

  • PINTOS FESTIVAL

    Bogo City, Cebu

    May 27

  • GABII SA KABILIN

    Cebu City

    May 25

  • TOURISM CONGRESS

    Cebu City

    June 24

  • SANDUGO FESTIVAL

    Tagbilaran City, Bohol

    July 1-31

  • BANIG FESTIVAL

    Badian, Cebu

    July 3

  • SINULOG DE TANJAY

    Tanjay, Negros Oriental

    July 24

  • KAUMAHAN FESTIVAL

    Barili, Cebu

    July 26

  • PANAGSOGOD FESTIVAL

    Sogod, Cebu

    July 25

  • BONGA

    Sibonga, Cebu

    August 9

  • CORDOVA DINAGAT FESTIVAL (FISHING RITUALS)

    Cordova, Cebu

    August 10-16

  • DINAGAT (BAKASI)

    Cordova, Cebu

    August 15-16

  • BAHANDI FESTIVAL

    Alcantara, Cebu

    August 27

  • SILOY FESTIVAL

    Alcoy, Cebu

    August 30

  • MANDAUE CHARTER DAY CELEBRATION

    Mandaue, Cebu

    August 30

  • PASIGARBO SA SUGBO

    Cebu International Convention Center, Cebu City

    August 13 2nd Saturday of the month

  • SIPONG FESTIVAL

    Bais City, Negros Oriental

    September 7

  • ARAW NG SIQUIJOR WITH SOLILI

    Siquijor, Siquijor

    September 17

  • KARANSA FESTIVAL

    Danao City Cebu

    September 18 (third Sunday of the month)

  • KABUHIAN FESTIVAL

    Ronda, Cebu

    September 18 (3rd Sunday of the month)

  • PITLAGONG FESTIVAL

    Argao, Cebu

    September 28

  • SINU-OG ESTOKADA FESTIVAL

    Jagna, Bohol

    September 29

  • SINANGGIYAW FESTIVAL

    Dumanju, Cebu

    October 4

  • BUGLASAN FESTIVAL

    Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

    October 14-23

  • INASAL/HALAD FESTIVAL

    Talisay City, Cebu

    October 15

  • DILAAB FESTIVAL

    Siquijor Siquijor

    October 1

  • SANDUROT FESTIVAL

    Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

    November 9-15

  • LAPU-LAPU CITY FIESTA

    Lapu-lapu City, Cebu

    November 21- November 22

  • KABKABAN FESTIVAL

    Carcar, Cebu

    November 23-29

  • PASKO SA SUGBU

    Cebu

    December 1-31

  • HUGYAWAN DALANSAYAW

    Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

    December 1-7

  • TAG-ANITOHAN

    Tudela, Camotes Island, Cebu

    December 8-9

  • KASADYAAN FESTIVAL (MARDI GRAS)

    Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

    December 12-14

  • BOD-BOD FESTIVAL

    Tanjay City, Negros Oriental

    December 14-16

  • PASKUHAN SA DUMAGUETE

    Dumaguete City, Negros Oiental

    December 16-31

  • CHRISTMAS FOOD STREET FESTIVAL

    Cebu City

    December 22