The island of fire. That's what the Spaniards used to call Siquijor (pronounced as "see-kee-hor") because it gave off an eerie glow from the swarms of fireflies on the island.
It can also be attributed to its reputation as the "mystic island", with stories of sorcery and witchcraft masking the island for decades. But while there are a handful that shy away from the island because of this, I've always been curious about Siquijor. It's one of the places in the Visayan region that I never had the chance to explore yet.
And contrary to all the spooky stories I've heard, the Siquijor I experienced was tranquil and picturesque. It actually gave me the perfect jumpstart for the summer.