Upon arrival, you will be greeted by this wooden signage at Calipay Spring Park
SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE TRIP PART 2: CALIPAY SPRING PARK
Calipay Spring Park.
That was my second day in my Siquijor- Dumaguete Trip. I was scheduled to do a coastal tour of the Siquijor Island. I hired a tricycle with their standard rate of PHP 1,000.00 but the driver added PHP 200.00 because he picked me up from my hotel in San Juan.
That was about 9 AM when we embarked on our tour and our first destination was the Calipay Spring Park. The Calipay Spring park is one of the primary tourist attractions in Siquijor. Situated in the town of San Juan, this natural spring park is found at the very center of the town.
When I arrived at the place, I was greeted by the wooden signage of the Park. Calipay Spring Park is a public pool, a development of the local government for the residents to have a free place to enjoy and plunge into its refreshing spring waters. The waters come from mountain springs flowing down towards the sea. They have seized the waters in cement pools as they run through the station.
The Calipay Spring Park according to my guide has three chambers, the upper pool where the springs are located, the swimming pool and the laundry pool, all flowing into the nearby ocean.
Kids enjoying the cool waters of Calipay Spring Park
Due to its accessibility, Capilay Spring Park has become exceedingly popular among the locals, especially during the summer time. During my visit, I spotted a few families enjoying the cool waters of the Park.
Semi-top view of the Park
The Calipay Spring Park also has a playground, kiosks, and booths around all perfect for family snaps. I have also noticed a wooden stage installed crossing the pool wherein some shows are being held.This park is accented with big trees which could pass on cool shades to its visitors.
Enjoying my selfie… I have to centent myself from selfies because I was travelling alone
There’s nothing much about the place, especially that I don’t have any plan of swimming. So I decided to take the concrete stairs located on the hillside of the place. Taking the stairs gave me a better perspective of the entire park. While enjoying my selfies at the concrete stairs, I just realized that I already reached the top where I saw a church.
The Church on the Hilltop: The St. Agustin Parish Church
The San Agustin Parish Church
The century-old San Agustin Parish Church is situated in a small hill overlooking the Capilay Spring Park. It was once part of the Siquijor parish but was established as a separate parish in 1863. I was just sad that I didn’t anymore the original outside portion of the church because it has already been modernized. The only interesting that shows its colonial past was the coral stone belfry.
The Coral Stone Belfry
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