Patricia Lim

Writer based in Manila, Philippines

The Magic of Siquijor

Siquijor isn’t a place; it’s a time. Not a ‘where’ but a ‘when.’ The wandering Spanish explorers had called it the “Island of Fire.” Most people know it as a land filled with witchcraft and sorcery. I know it simply as the island where time stands still. There are clear, sparkling waters and lush green forests, mountain ranges silhouetted against one another under a setting sun, an ancient house – the oldest in the Philippines – that has stood the test of time, bamboo bridges and structures nest