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Some Legends of Siquijor

There are many legends that come out of mystic Siquijor island. Many of these legends are scary folk tales of paranormal nature. During my recent trip to Siquijor, I came across some of these local legends and tales. I am dedicating this post to some legendary folk tales that weave through the social fabric of the Siquijodnon society, some only spoken through oral tradition.

Siquijor legends
Legends of Siquijor, Philippines



The Legend of the Balete Tree in Lazi, Siquijor, Philippines

The 400-year old balete tree in Campalanas, Lazi, Siquijor, Philippines is not without it's folk tales. It is said to be home to mystical beings such as the bearded kapre and the tikbalang or demon horse. It is also believed that sorcery rituals are performed in balete trees. It is where fairies use their magic wands to make things happen. When passing by the tree, one has to say "tabi-tabi po" so as not to disturb these mystical creatures.


Siquijor balete tree
Balete tree in Lazi, Siquijor, Philippines


The Black Maria of Maria, Siquijor, Philippines

In the Our Lady of Divine Providence Parish Church in the town of Maria, one can find probably one of the scariest church images in the entire archipelago, that of Santa Rita of Cascia, patroness of abused wives and heartbroken women and patroness of impossible causes. 

The image dressed in black robe, features a sad face with downturn lips, holding a crucifix in one hand and a skull on the other hand. Locals refer to the icon as the Black Maria. Legend has it that during nighttime, the image goes out of the church and will be back before the sun rises. It is said that mud and grass is found on it's robe suggesting that the story couldn't just be simply dismissed as myth.

The Legend of Capilay Spring in San Juan, Siquijor, Philippines

The Capilay Spring in the center of the town of San Juan also has its own legendary tale. Long before the chambers were constructed, there was a diwata or engkantada that bathes in the area letting her very long hair loose into the waters as if it flows with the current.
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