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Exploring Lazi, Siquijor

Lazi is a fourth class municipality in the 3rd smallest province in the Philippines, Siquijor. With a land area of 73.22 square kilometers, it is the second largest town in Siquijor. It also has a population of 20,024 (2010) of which 13,373 are registered voters (2013). Popular tourist spots in Lazi are the Cambugahay Falls, the 400-year old enchanting balete tree, and the San Isidro Labrador church and convent.

Lazi Convent
Lazi's iconing landmark
(Photo courtesy of April Joy Lamis)



Places of Interest

400-year Old Enchanting Balete Tree

One of the more popular tourist destinations in Siquijor is the enchanting balete tree at barangay Campalanas. Under the trees roots is a spring that supplies water to nearby villages. 

enchanting balete tree Siquijor
Enchanting Balete Tree
(Photo courtesy of April Joy Lamis)


The place also features a fish spa wherein small piit and tilapia fish eat the dead skin off the humans' feet.

Balete Tree fish spa in Lazi, Siquijor
Fish spa under the balete tree in Lazi
(Photo courtesy of April Joy Lamis)

Lazi Church and Convent 

The San Isidro de Labrador Parish Church in Lazi is not just another historical church built during the Spanish colonial era. It is both declared a national historical landmark and a national historical treasure by the Historical Commission of the Philippines and the National Museum of the Philippines respectively. 

San Isidro Labrador Church in Lazi, Siquijor
San isidro Labrador Church in Lazi
(Photo courtesy of April Joy Lamis)


It's original wooden floors are still well-preserved to this day. 

Lazi church wooden floors
Lazi church interior
(Photo courtesy of April Joy Lamis)




The Lazi Convent in front of the church houses the Siquijor Heritage Museum. The structure made of coral stones and hardwood is popularly also referred to as bahay na bato. Measuring 42 meters by 38 meters, it is said to be one of the biggest and oldest in Asia.

Lazi Convent in Siquijor
Lazi Convent
(Photo courtesy of April Joy Lamis)


Cambugahay Falls

The more popular waterfalls in Siquijor is the Cambugahay Falls that straddles the three (3) Lazi barangays of Poo, Cangclaran, and Capalasanan. From the road, one has to descend through 135 steps of stone stairs without any railings. The ascent through the same route is even more challenging. But the view is definitely rewarding when you get to the waterfalls. 

Cambugahay Falls
Cambugahay Falls
(Photo courtesy of April Joy Lamis)


A popular activity here is swinging off a vine and splashing into the water. The more daring ups that a level higher by diving off the waterfall.

Vine swinging at Cambugahay Falls
Vine swinging at Cambugahay Falls
(Photo courtesy of April Joy Lamis)

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