Beach Sunset on Siquijor looking towards Negros Island

Exploring Larena Siquijor: Photoessay from the Philippines



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Siquijor is only a short boat ride from Dumaguete, so I’ve found myself going over there quite a few times to see a new island and visit Kyle and Melissa from my Peace Corps group. They live in a traditional nipa palm hut just outside Larena, one of the larger towns on the island. This photo journal includes a few highlights from several trips to Larena.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    The sunsets over Negros Oriental province and Dumaguete are usually pretty dramatic. I got this shot from the Larena pier when I arrived on the boat.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    The Larena market is always full of fresh produce like these tomatoes.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    ...and garlic

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    ...and peppers (click here to download this photo to your desktop wallpaper)

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    ...and monggo beans.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    Much more personal than the Wal Mart grocery store, doncha think?

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    This shopkeeper had her produce arranged very nicely for the customers bustling through the market.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    Outside the market, these tricycles were parked at Flor's Store. I'm not positive, but I bet Flor has a videoke machine inside.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    The old bell tower stands near the Larena Municipal Hall.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    This is the campus of the college in Larena where Kyle is assigned to work on his Peace Corps project.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    The Larena Fire Department has this old fashioned Land Cruiser for their fire engine. Talk about fire engine red!

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    Across the road from Kyle and Melissa's traditional nipa palm house, there is a mangrove flat. In the background you can see Mt. Talinis and the lights of Dumaguete on the island of Negros.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    These kids chose the roof of the Philippine Information Agency truck to watch a tennis match.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    Here's the serve. It was a hot day, so I didn't envy this guy sweating away on Larena's clay tennis court.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    This sari-sari store owner had the better idea to stay out of the heat and in the shade.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    One of the common tactics used by politicians of all stripes in the Philippines from the President (pictured here) all the way down to local officials is to claim any visible sign of progress as one of their own pet projects. Seems like a pretty effective way to get votes to me.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    These friendly kids were hanging out near the Larena pier.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    After a morning of visiting Larena proper, it's time to get out to one of the beaches. These guys were paddling by in their bangka when I got this photo of them against the dramatic cumulus background.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    Coconuts, get your coconuts!

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    Yup, this was a really towering cloud formation.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    As the sun begins to set, groups of these little crabs can be seen scuttling across the tidal flats to glean for vittles. They always travel in groups like this and don't seem to have any visible leader.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    But if you get too close, they pull a vanishing act and drop into the sand.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    The sunsets over the mountains and Mindanao Sea are usually pretty dramatic.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    The afternoon sun really brought out the bright orange colors of this crab.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    A fiddler crab looks out of proportion to me.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    All the better to pinch you with! I thought it was funny the way the crab retracted one eye like a periscope.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    At sunset local people often comb the flats for shellfish, crabs and other critters for the stew pot.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    This photo has a bit of a Huck Finn look to me.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    After catching the exceptional sunset from Kyle and Melissa's house, you can go in town for the disco that is sometimes set up on the community basketball court. In the Philippines it usually takes the crowd a little while to get out on the dance floor.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    But once everyone is dancing, the place really starts to rock.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    After a night of disco and videoke, most Filipinos will pay a visit to the local Catholic church on Sunday morning.

  • Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    These prayer candles were set up on the floor at the back of church.