Siquijor caps my 80 Philippine provinces

Lazi kumbento, the biggest in the Philippines. I finally visited all Philippine provinces when I visited Siquijor for a photo/writing assignment

Covered all Philippine provinces with a visit at Siquijor

With my plans of going to Siquijor always getting canceled or postponed, I finally decided, three weeks ago, to book a ticket for Cebu to specifically get to this island province, the last one that I haven’t visited of the country’s 80 provinces.

And so, last Saturday, I woke up at 2 AM and left for the South Bus Terminal from my home in Cebu, rode the bus, a fast craft crossing the Tanon Straight and finally, sailing on a Delta fastcraft that finally brought me to this mystical island. And thus, I completed visiting all Philippine provinces.

When I did get to Lazi, I just spent most of the two days working for an architectural magazine assignment for Lazi’s massive kumbento (colloquially, parochial house) which I got after pitching it to the editor. I didn’t have time to go around except when I was invited to a fiesta in Talingting, E. Villanueva municipality and that was just it.

Now, I have reason to come back and go around the island and discover its hidden wonders and mystery. Soon.

Ang Langyaw’s trip made possible by Airphilexpress, the fastest growing budget airline in the Philippines!

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.


  1. Mica
    July 17, 2012 @ 4:49

    Congratulations! 😀

  2. mervz |
    July 17, 2012 @ 5:15

    Congrats Estan! 🙂

  3. estancabigas
    July 20, 2012 @ 11:25

    thanx mervs 🙂

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    July 24, 2012 @ 6:50

    Wigel, thanx 🙂

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