Herbal healer or mumbo jumbo?

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St Francis de Assisi Church at Siquijor Town

People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)

Our first day on Siquijor was a pretty quiet one as we arrived onto the island around 15.00 and checked into a very nice German-Filipino guesthouse. As we walked into Siquijor Town to have a look at St Francis de Assisi Church, we went to Sakura restaurant for a very tasty lunch. There wasn't a great deal to see in the town other than the church, a market and a few shops, so we headed back to Sakura for a few drinks and some dinner. We were kindly given a lift home by the owner who also gave us the names and addresses of some of the healers that worked on this mystical island.

We got up bright and early on Friday and hired a motorbike for the bargain price of 20p per hour.

Salagdoong beach
We drove round to Sakura to fill our bellies, then set out in search of a bolo bolo medicine man in a nearby village. After a lot of asking around, we eventually found the mans home, only to find out that he was currently visiting Cebu. This was only a minor setback however, as we had 2 other names to look for in other parts of the island.

We continued our journey going clockwise around the island and stopping for intervals at the Kiwi Dive Resort, Mt Carmel Church, Salagdoong Beach Resort, Our Lady of Divine Providence Church, St Isidore Church, Lazi Convent, Cambugahay Falls, a centruy old Balete Tree and finally the village of Cantabon, which is the home of traditional healer Pedro Tumopan. We weren't quite sure what to expect from him or how he performed his healing, but we had his grand daughter there to explain what he did.

Pedro Tumapon going to work
We were told that Pedro is quite famous in this neck of the woods and receives regular visits not only from Filipinos, but also many westerners in search of cures for all different problems. I explained that i had previously had problems with my liver and kidneys and he assured me he had just the stuff for me.

Ten minutes around the back of his house and he had picked a dozen or so leaves from a tree. He asked me to lift up my shirt, spat on the leaves and then placed them over where he thought the affected areas were. Unfortunately he had missed both my kidneys and liver and i began to wonder how he cures people when he doesn't even know where such vital organs are! He gave me a few leaves to take away and told me to return in a few days. I explained we were leaving the following day and he shrugged his shoulders. Thank goodness i wasn't really sick! I left him a few dollars for his trouble, before we headed back to Siquijor Town to catch our ferry back to Dumaguete.

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St Francis de Assisi Church at Siq…
St Francis de Assisi Church at Si…
Salagdoong beach
Salagdoong beach
Pedro Tumapon going to work
Pedro Tumapon going to work
St Isidore Church
St Isidore Church
Cambugahay Falls
Cambugahay Falls
Pedro Tumapon the famous medicine …
Pedro Tumapon the famous medicine…
Siquijor
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