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Capilay Spring Park

Do you fancy a cold spring right in the middle of town? While most of us dream of it, such is a reality at San Juan town in the quiet but beautiful province of Siquijor. Capilay Spring Park is at the heart of the San Juan town plaza. The first of the three chambers are were the natural springs are located while the third chamber is the laundry pool (which looks like a river) beside the road. The second of three chambers is the public swimming pool of San Juan and locals and tourists alike swim there free of charge. The cool waters are also said to have some healing properties. Some of the participants who participated in an adventure race during the 22nd RADIO 7 annual convention swam here as part of the challenges in the race.


Capilay Spring Park
Capilay Spring Park

History of the Capilay Spring Park

While no one knows when the natural springs were originally discovered, what was certain that the three chambers were constructed in 1863. It derived its name from its legendary ruler, Datu Capilay, who once ruled Makalipay (the former name of San Juan town). San Juan was initially part of the town of Siquijor. The San Juan parish was established in 1877. There's also a local legend that when a diwata was swimming in the spring, she lied down on the waters, and her long hair was arranged as if it depicted a heavy current.

Location of Capilay Spring Park

It is very easy to locate the Capilay Spring Park once you are in Siquijor island. It is right at the heart of the San Juan town plaza right in front of the town's police station and along the Siquijor Circumferential Road. Here's a screenshot of Google Maps showing the location of Capilay Spring Park:

Capilay Spring Park
Location of Capilay Spring Park

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