My Rizal walk @dapitan

always been a Rizalista in my own little way…I admire his life, works and dedication to this country that I considered to join the actual organization before but thank God I did not.

Heard a lot about the city from friends in college, blogs and other print ads that this humble place is nice to visit.

Gabby and I headed to this quiet and laid back city after out Visayas leg last October 5 and 6. From dumsville we found ourselves running to catch the 7AM Cokaliong trip going to Dapitan City. The bumpy boat ride in the middle of the day was new to us, I mean don’t get me wrong but it was really wahhh and whooah and my first time to experience. Enough said, we docked at the port and immediately looked for a ride going to the Hotel I booked online for a day.

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Travelbee Hotel is a heritage house of an old clan in Dapitan. The hotel was clean and staff were friendly to give us tips about hows and whats around the city. We checked Kamayan Resto to dine for a late lunch but ended to eat at some carenderia near some State University since the service was too slow and only one old lady attended those who just came in. With less than php200 bill for friend chicken and bbq plus rice we somehow filled our grumbling tummies.

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Took tricycle and started our own Rizal walk at the replica of where the great Dr. Jose P. Rizal stayed for years. Few pics were taken as proof that I was here at Rizal’s House where he found and discovered additional and interesting facts about plants, animals and others and also the love of his life Ms. Bracken. After almost an hour of tour with the real Rizalistas we headed back to the city and managed to love every bit of frames we took from the beautiful St. James Parish, to the Parochial School, Rizal Park.

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Before we called it a night, grabbed BBQ and cold beer…

Isla del Fuego for a day

Spaniards called Siquijor the Island of fire during the colonial time and also associated with mystic traditions.

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As described by bloggers, you may able to tour the island for a day. True enough we completed the tour for about 7-8 hours with the help of one of the very courteous tricycle driver Kuya Dennis. He was nice enough to at least take our pictures with good angles and background plus a little history of what we are about to see and visit.

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Our first stop at St. Francis of Assisi Parish and the Bell tower next to the church. The beauty of this church amazed me as well the ┬ásimplicity of its facade. The mystical Balete Tree was next on the list. It is captivating as Baler’s does. Another church crossed-out our third list – St. Isidore Parish in Lazi and the old school across.

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After a quick lunch downtown we headed to see the Cambugahay Falls. It was painful steps given I am still suffering the fruits of my marathon and steps aren’t my best friends during those times. Nonetheless, I managed to go down and conquered the almost 200 steps going down and back.
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Another attraction I am very excited about Siquijor is to see St. Rita of Cascia in the town of Maria. The mystical image of St. Rita holding a cross and skull made it more special and interesting to visitors. The temperature was so hot we decided to head to the beach and flip our tails to lower the temperature a little cooler at Salagdoong.
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Kuya Dennis guided us as we literally toured the entire island, we dropped in one of their protected areas, mangrove village, century old house and lastly market to buy freshies for our dinner. Also he volunteered to help us find a nice place to stay – Diamond de Siquijor for a night php650 for non-AC room with nice and clean bathroom and WIFI.