When everything fails, God makes its presence felt. Ermita hill is a testament of that fact. Baler has been God’s favourite child. He loves to dismantle Baler every now and then. On December 27, 1735, a great Tsunami had swept away Baler. At that time, people had taken refuge at Ermita Hill. That incidence had carved Ermeta Hill’s place in history books forever. After climbing the 250+ steps hike under shady trees I reached the top of the hill. The view wasn’t as great as at the start of the stairs. I was drinking in the magnificent view of the bay below, including the Baler fish port from the Baler view deck at the hill. There were hardly any tourists at that time. I spoke to a group of locals about the recent typhoon. They said, “Natural disasters are a part of our life. You really can’t control them. But you can control how you respond to them. Whining about them will not do any good. Best is to move on with a smile.” Isn’t that gem of an advice?
But there are also some other cool places on Siquijor Island. When you drive around, make sure to stop at Lugnason Falls, the big food market and Salagdoong Beach. Salagdoong Beach is the second very wonderful location on Siquijor Island. You will find the prettiest water colour there and a spot to jump into the ocean from (hight: 10 m). Very cool and very recommendable!
The Hunongan Cove is just located besides the famous Gota beach. This is run by the government of Camarines Sur and tourist who were not checking in in this resort is not allowed to step in. However, my tour guide Tope who happens to be a good friend of the manager already asked a permission to bring me to the island just for a while. So we landed on the island and surprisingly we were greeted by the security guard. Then after explaining, we were permitted to observe the place. I can tell that nobody was checking in at that time. Thedre were drie leaves scattered all over the place, but this added the natural beauty look of the island.