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Quick FACTS About Siquijor

Capital

Siquijor

Geography

Located in the Central Visayas Region, Siquijor is a small island midway between Visayas and Mindanao islands. It is situated some 30 kilometers from Negros  and about 565 aerial kilometers from Manila. It is bounded in the north by the island of Cebu, Bohol to the northwest, Negros island to the west, camiguin to the east, mainland Mindanao to the south. Facing its northern shores is bohol strait, southeast shores is the Mindanao Sea.

Topography

It has a total land area of 34,350 hectares or 343.50 square kilometers, which represent 2% of the total land area of Central Visayas and 0.11% of land area of the country.

Population

The people of Siquijor numbered 91,066 (2010 census), with an average annual growth of 1.00%. Major population centers are the towns of Siquijor, Lazi and San juan.

Language

Majority speaks the native dialect which is Cebuano. Tagalog and English are widely spoken and understood.

Religion

Predominantly Roman Catholic

Climate

In most parts of the province, it is dry from January to May and wet the rest of the year. The southern part of the province is dry from November to April and wet the rest of the year. Annual rainfall is 1,905 millimeters, with mean temperature of 27.8c and humidity of 78%.

Time

Philippine standard time is eight (8) hours ahead of Greenwich Meantime

Money

The philippine currency is peso, divided into 100 centavos. Next to piso, the US dollar enjoys wide acceptance. Most foreign currencies can easily be changed at banks, resorts, and authorized dealers. Foreign currency is not readily taken by the establishments of siquijor. Major foreign credit cards may be accepted only at major resorts, shops and restaurants. Visitors are advised to bring sufficient amount of change in small bills or coins

Dress/ What To Wear

It is advisable to wear natural-fibre, lightweight clothing when one is in Siquijor. Shorts, hat, sun-glasses, bathing suit, insects repellent, flashlight sun black, comfortable shoes for walking and rubber slippers for the beach are a must when visiting tourist attractions. The Barong Tagalog is the acceptable formal wear for men. Shorts or sleeveless shirts should never be worn in visiting churches.

Public Transport

The most common means of transportation in the province are “jeepneys” and tricycles. Tricycles are available for hire to desired destinations, while jeepneys travel on franchised routes between municipalities. Interior barangays are served by single motorcycles for hire.