Santiago white sand beach

Would you still swim in this beautiful white sand beach even if…

Would you still swim in this beautiful white sand beach even if...

Would you still swim in this beautiful white sand beach even if…

…even if its just beside the cemetery?

I was swimming at the beautiful Santiago White Beach and from the distance, at the far end of the strip, I can see a beautiful but short strip of white sand. And I thought, wow, that one must be great for an intimate swim with a special someone.

But then, as I tried to look keenly at the shadowed areas, I was just surprised! Underneath the coconut palms and mantalisay trees were sepulchers, niches of the dead! Scary! But personally? I won’t mind.

What about you? Will you still swim here? I’m just not sure if you will bump into some grinning skull…

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. Jun Piong
    February 6, 2014 @ 22:53

    the beach with its white sand and cool water looks enticing and made even more stunning by the greeneries in the background. but, i dont know, the thought of the cemetery near it feels eerie.

  2. estancabigas
    February 7, 2014 @ 2:21

    eerie indeed bai! hehehe

  3. Reydan Duldulao
    February 7, 2014 @ 8:20

    The beach and white sand is great… just never mind niches… it is like, having a house near the cemetery which is also common in the province. I will just enjoy swimming!

  4. Jun Piong
    February 8, 2014 @ 16:43

    maayo untag ila nang i-relocate ang sementeryo kay basi sa imong kuha nga photo taas kaayog potential ni nga beach. easily accessible man kaha sya?

  5. estancabigas
    February 9, 2014 @ 1:13

    yup! habal habal ra jud ni bai. sa tanang lugar, diri pa jud sa white beach no?

  6. Jun Piong
    February 9, 2014 @ 5:34

    basig nagpauso ang unang naglubong diha. instead nga sa layo unta to ilubong, dira nalang daplin sa beach kay gusto mangaligo. hehehe!

  7. Micole l Philippine Traveler
    March 3, 2014 @ 13:00

    nice but scary Health wise I think. What if there are remains in the water and all that. In terms of the scenery though and the serenity, its not a worry but thinking about the water? omg!

  8. estancabigas
    March 3, 2014 @ 17:40

    Hahaha. Ok lang siguro. The germs are killed by the sea water 🙂

Tell me what you think

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.