Hometown Series: Sicogon Island, The Philippines

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Have you ever visited a place that took your breath away instantly?

Do you love basking in the sun on a white sandy beach?

If the answer to both questions is yes, then you’re in for a treat.

A Paradise Where I Took My Very First Breath

Sicogon Island, a concealed luminous gem in the coast of Northern Iloilo, Philippines. A paradise where I took my very first breath. The island was one of the popular tourist spots in the Philippines back in the 1970’s. This remote island was famous for its crystal clear water and long white sand beach lined with coconut trees. Unfortunately, because of the declaration of martial law, my sweet home town was forgotten, and I wasn’t able to see how it was once, until this picture was shared by its owner.

My Sweet Home Town Has Been Reborn

Today however, after decades past, my sweet home town has been reborn as a tourist destination in Western Visayas. Since I left my hometown, every time I came to visit my family, it’s beauty still remains. Every year, the Island surprises me. It’s unsurprisingly stunning scenery offers an exciting Island experience. From the iconic mountain, warm sandy beaches, natural inlet bounded by mangrove trees. Its unique flora and fauna, coves that are dotting the coastline, promising more secluded escape and various nature-driven activities.

Things I love to do on the Island:

1. Watch the sunset

From Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines going back home to the Island takes almost the whole day. I would leave from home (here in Pampanga) about 5 o’clock in the morning, my husband would drive me to bus terminal. I will get the bus to Manila that would take me 3 hours to get to the airport. I would then wait for the plane to leave at 10 in the morning, if I’m lucky that the plane is not late, as most of the time it is late. I will get to the Island about 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Although the flight from Manila to Roxas Airport is only 1 hour, my travel took 12 hours before I can make it home. Yes, it is really tiring, it’s just like I traveled half a world already (over exaggerating here). However, all that time spent in the car, bus, plane, bus, and finally boat were all worth it. I get to see my family especially my daughter. And sunset is my favorite scenery. When the sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught on fire.

Who wouldn’t appreciate this beautiful scenery? Sunset reminds us that there is beauty in the darkness.

2. Swimming

Who doesn’t want to go jump around the beach and dip in the water if your house is just few feet away from it? (the beach is my backyard). The next morning, after breakfast, my daughter, my sisters, my nieces and nephews, will all go swimming. This is what I missed, living in the city. In the Island, I just need to walk few feet and I’m at the beach. In the City I need to drive for 3 hours before I can enjoy the beach.

3. Picnic

In the afternoon we would go to the other part of the Island to meet with relatives and have some time catching up. My sisters and I would prepare food to bring and of course, beer and brandy won’t be missed. We would spend the whole afternoon by the beach, have some beer or brandy, and talk a lot until sundown.

4. Trekking

Our Island does not only offer its white sand beach and crystal-clear sea water. It also offers us our drinking water, from the top of its mountain which we called Mt. Opao. Your visit to our secret paradise will not be complete if you don’t go for trekking. I don’t like doing this all the time as hiking for up to 2 hours is really exhausting, but the view on the top is exhilarating. From the top you can see the whole island from any direction. (my nephew Mac Shane, conquering Mt. Opao)

“The best view comes after the hardest climb”.

These are only a few activities among many that I love doing on the Island. Today, as the development continues, many people from other parts of the Philippines have started discovering our hidden paradise. It has been visited by local and national TV. My only hope is that this paradise won’t be ruined in the near future because of the development.

How to get there:

1-hour flight from Manila to Roxas City (although our Island belongs to Iloilo City, Roxas is the closest). From the City, about 2 hours bus ride to Estancia, the closest town to the Island. From Estancia, it will take 30 to 45 minutes to the Island. There is a newly built resort that offers a real Island experience to enjoy your Island adventure. http://www.sicogonisland.com.ph/balaykogon

Must do while in the Island:

Here are a few activities that you must do when visiting Sicogon, besides the things I have listed above:

1. Kayaking

2. Snorkeling

3. Seafood feast, (boodle fight)

4. Island hoping

The development of the Island includes revival of the airport and the seaport. In the coming future, there will be a flight directly from Manila to the Island where I wouldn’t have to travel half a day to see my beautiful paradise.

Author Biography:

Crisly Zerrudo is an entrepreneur, blogger and writer. She loves sharing knowledge and motivating people who are going through challenging times. She is the co-founder of Empowering and Uplifting, a growing community of people who are inspiring and empowering others to overcome difficulties in life.

Blog: https://empoweringanduplifting.com

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68 comments
  1. Wow! Those pictures are breathtaking! I think I have to add Sicogon Island to my bucket list of places I have to visit.

    1. My guest blogger did a wonderful job sharing all about this location! I definitely want to go here as it looks absolutely stunning. Thank you for the great feedback.

  2. That sunset looks like a dream! I’d love to have grown up there

    1. My guest blogger put some amazing pictures into her guest post. She definitely made me want to go there. Thank you for the great feedback!

  3. I have never been to the Philippines but I am sure that it is such a beautiful place to visit or to live. The views are breathtaking and there are so many fun things to do. Thanks for sharing!

    1. My guest blogger definitely did an amazing job outlining her hometown! She definitely made me want to go there, as I have never been either. You are welcome, thank you for the wonderful feedback!

  4. Sicogan Island looks like a dream in these pictures! I like that there is so much to do in this city, any tourist would remember the time spent here.

    1. I thought it looked like a dream as well! Definitely has paradise like vibes to it! I would love to go here. My guest blogger did a wonderful job outlining her hometown!

  5. Your pictures are gorgeous! I may have to add the Philippines to my travel list.

    1. My guest blogger did a wonderful job! I definitely want to go there! Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback!

  6. The pics are amazing, this look like a paradise

    1. Thank you very much! My guest blogger did a wonderful job making me want to go there and outlining her city. So pretty!

  7. wow! what an amazing place, there are whole bunch of this to do here, wish i can find my way sicogon island. lovely and wonderful place.

    1. Thank you, my guest blogger did a wonderful job showing her hometown. I definitely would want to go there!

  8. I would love to visit the Philippines! I’ve heard amazing things about the islands!

    1. Same here! My guest blogger definitely made me add this place to my bucket list, it is beyond pretty! Thank you for the wonderful feedback!

  9. I had never heard of the island but it is a good discovery! It looks fantastic and I defo want to visit!

    1. I had not either till my guest blogger told me about it. I’m amazed at how beautiful the place looks, I can’t imagine how it truly looks in person! I hope you get to visit!

  10. What a magical home town you have, it looks absolutely beautiful and certainly a place I’d love to visit! Also great news that its beauty has stayed in tact with the bustling tourism but that is great news for your town too!

    1. Thank you for the wonderful and positive feedback! My guest blogger did a wonderful job talking about her hometown. I don’t know about you but I would love to go there!

  11. That sunset is amazing! I am sure all the long trip is worth it. Also, the watersports and the seafood fest sound incredible, I did some kayaking in Croatia, but this scenery looks breath-taking! Great post!

    1. That’s what I thought! The sunset was gorgeous, I can’t even begin to imagine what it looked like in real life. Thank you for your wonderful feedback. My guest blogger did a wonderful job sharing about her hometown.

  12. Wow! This is really cool. I loved the weaving of your personal story into this place. I can’t wait to visit the Philippines and its beautiful beaches. Thanks for sharing about the place of your birth!

    1. Thank you so much for your great feedback! My guest blogger did a wonderful job outlining her childhood home. I definitely want to go here, it looks so paradise like!

  13. This looks like a beautiful place to visit. I’ve always wanted to go to the Philippines. I have friends who have visited over the years for both work and play and they have all had good experiences. The sunset is absolutely stunning!

    1. Thank you! My guest blogger did a wonderful job, definitely made me want to go here. I hope you get to go one day.

  14. That sunset is gorgeous. I really want to visit the Philippines or Asia in general at some point. Maybe even Japan. One can dream right?

    1. Thank you. My guest blogger did an amazing job, all her pictures made me totally jealous! She definitely made me want to go. Dreams can always come true, I hope you get to go one day!

  15. Wow! The Philippines is beyond beautiful! I am glad you shared these photos because up until now I didn’t know much on how beautiful the location is. Your travel tips are also helpful and will be kept in mind when it’s on my travel bucket list.

    Xx,
    Aïchatou Bella

    http://www.stilettosandstandards.com

    1. Thank you for the wonderful feedback! My guest blogger did an amazing job, I definitely put this on my bucket list after she let me publish it. This place definitely looks amazing.

  16. A girlfriend of mine just went back to visit the Philippines. Also where she was born! Such a beautiful place! That sunset looks absolutely incredible!

    1. That’s incredible. It looks like a beautiful place, I would love to go here and experience it. Thank you for your great feedback, my guest blogger definitely did a wonderful job. I love her photos as well, the sunset one was absolutely stunning.

  17. I’ve always wanted to visit Philippines because of its own beauty. The interesting tourist spots, beautiful and breathtaking scenery. and this Sicogon Island looks like perfect for relaxing and unwind.

    1. Thank you for your great feedback! My guest blogger definitely made me want to go there as well. The Philippines look absolutely amazing and paradise like!

  18. Oh my gosh, it looks absolutely gorgeous there! And everything you mention are things my family likes to do. When my boys get a little older this may be a great place for us to visit!

    1. I hope you guys do get to visit someday. My guest blogger definitely did a wonderful job of convincing me to go as well, it’s so beautiful there. Thank you for the great feedback!

  19. My nephew was stationed there for a couple of years and I had planned to go and visit him. That didn’t happen so I need to plan a vacation there. I’ve heard the scenery is spectacular and of course the water is inviting as well.

    1. That’s neat that he was stationed here, it looks so beautiful. I definitely would love to go and see the island m. Thank you for the wonderful feedback, I hope you get to go sometime. My guest blogger did a wonderful job showcasing her hometown.

  20. My sister in law is from the Philippines and she has always told me stories about the country! Your pictures are very beautiful and they definitely make me want to visit even more!

    1. That’s so neat that she is from there. Thank you for the great feedback. I love all my guest bloggers pictures. I can’t even imagine how beautiful it is in person. She definitely made me want to go as well.

  21. Having a picnic in that beautiful scenery! Ugh goals seriously.

    1. This place absolutely looks stunning, my guest blogger definitely made me want to do there. Thank you for your feedback!

  22. I haven’t been to the Philippines, but, I must say, the warm ocean and sunny beaches sounds really good right now. We’re in Canada and have been literally colder than the North Pole for several days!

    1. I thought it sounded good too. I’m on the east coast of the USA and I’m over this cold spell! I’m ready for summer. Thank you for your feedback!

  23. Those photographs took my breath away. I’ve never been to the Philippines and now I’m dying to got!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, my guest blogger did a wonderful job with her pictures. She definitely made me want to go as well.

  24. Wow what a beautiful place! Will have to make sure we make the effort if we go to the Philippines!

    1. My guest blogger definitely did a wonderful job in outlining her hometown, she definitely made me want to go there. I hope you get to visit one day as well!

  25. That looks like such of beautiful place to go to. So beautiful. I want to go there.

    1. My guest blogger definitely made me want to go there as well! It looks so beautiful, relaxing and peaceful! Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it!

  26. You had me at snorkeling and island hopping! We are getting ready to go to Asia in May and cannot even wait to explore! The photos here capture the beauty perfectly!

    1. That’s so exciting you are going to Asia in May. Where all are you going in Asia? I’ve never been there. Thank you for the great feedback. My guest blogger did a wonderful job showcasing her love for her hometown. I definitely want to go there one day.

  27. Wow. Your island is so unbelievably beautiful. Everything about seems like paradise. I hope I can someday visit a place as wonderful as this. Just stunning, wow.

    1. I am totally jealous of my guest bloggers hometown, this place looks amazing and definitely paradise like. I hope you can visit as well, she definitely made me want to go. Thank you for your compliments and comment, I really appreciate it.

  28. Wow the Philippines look stunning! I want to visit one day!

    1. They definitely do, I am so glad my guest blogger shared what her hometown is like. She definitely made me want to go there. I hope we both get to go one day!

  29. Wow! Such a beautiful place to visit, I’m adding it to my bucket list!! I Love all your pictures too!!

    1. My guest blogger made me definitely add it to my bucket list as well, this place looks like a dream. Thank you for your wonderful comment and compliment, I really appreciate it.

  30. what great fun there is to be had in such a gorgeous place

    1. My guest blogger definitely did a wonderful job. She definitely made me want to go! Thank you for your comment.

  31. These photos are gorgeous! I am in love with that sunset!. I’m an island hopper. This sounds so much fun.

    1. Thank you so much for your great feedback, my guest blogger did a wonderful job outlining her hometown. Which I do agree is amazing, I hope you get to go one day.

  32. Such a beautiful place to visit. We would love to go snorkeling.

    1. My guest blogger did a wonderful job laying out her hometown. She definitely made me want to go. Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.

  33. I have never been in SIcogon but this place looks so great. Philippines has really a lot of beautiful spots.

    1. Thank you for your great feedback. I have never been to the Philippines but my guest blogger made me really want to go. All her pictures made me feel like this place was truly paradise like!

  34. I have been dying to go to the Philippines and this makes me want to go even more!

    1. My guest blogger definitely did a wonderful job laying out her hometown and making people want to go. Thank you for your wonderful comment, I hope you get to go as well someday!

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