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Continued from:  Siqui-Horror? Siqui-Amor? Horror and Romance in the Island of Siquijor – Part 1

She went to an isolated part of the shore outside the resort to enjoy some fresh air and clear her mind. A deviant and adventurous girl, she ignored a warning sign thinking that all of the people in the island were very friendly and everything is safe. She sat on a rock then closed her eyes to meditate with the hope of getting a vision of why she was lead to go to this island.

Coco Grove Beach Resort – Siquijor Island

Two men suddenly grabbed her and tried to kidnap her using a boat hidden in the rocks. After getting thrown in the boat, a stranger who is skillful in mixed martial arts knocked down both men then helped her escape back to the resort.

The woman was very thankful to the stranger, she said that she can’t imagine what would have happened if he wasn’t around that time. The stranger was gentle and charming. She was very pleased with the way he conversed to her. He introduced himself as one of the tourists in the resort.

Salamandas Restaurant – Coco Grove Beach Resort

The stranger invited her for a dinner and the woman never had any second thoughts. They talked about their adventures and almost anything. They had a fun time together and their conversations seemed endless.

They decided to meet daily to have fun together around the island. What the woman didn’t know is that the guy is the treasure hunter who was cursed almost three years ago after attempting to steal the island’s treasure in one of their caves.

His body was turned into stone and his spirit was transferred to the fishes. Only a woman of his destiny can free his spirit and restore his body. But that woman should give him a kiss of true love before the sun goes down on the third day upon restoring it or else the curse will come back again.

Cambugahay Falls – Siquijor

The treasure hunter didn’t’ tell this to the woman because he didn’t want to force her to love him for the sake of helping him get out of the curse. He just continued to have fun with her being sure to make the best of every moment in hopes for favorable events and a outcome the would lift the curse.

In the twilight of the third day, he openly expressed his love for her. Deep inside his heart he is grieving because it might be his last day to be with her. The woman smiled and was very happy because she feels the same way about him.

Coco Grove Beach Resort

In that quiet moment when they were about kiss each other, a big crab pinched the treasure hunter’s toe and it distracted them.  This crab was sent to distract them in a moment like this by the sorcerer who had cursed the treasure hunter to become a stone.

.The sun went down before the kiss that could have lifted his curse. The treasure hunter faded slowly in the woman’s sight. Shocked, confused and scared she ran inside her room crying until she fell asleep. She woke up the next day with a headache.

She pondered the past three days over breakfast, wondering if all had been real or just a dream. She reminisced of all the fun times she had with the treasure hunter and knew it was all real but couldn’t explain what happened last night.

Sunset Restaurant – Coco Grove Beach Resort

She realized that her dreams of glowing fishes had stopped when this man had come into her life.  She went to that pond again only to see some ordinary fishes.

She noticed for the first time that the statue of a man sitting in the pond sits exactly the same way as the guy who helped her with the kidnappers. This is the favorite sitting position of that gentleman whom she fell in love with.

She sat next to the statue while reminiscing of her happy times with him. She was planning to tell him that she never had any visions in the island until the time that he came into her life. She tried meditating in many parts of the island during her search for the glowing fishes but received no visions.

Coco Grove Beach Resort

But when they are together, visions of their children and a happy family kept on flashing randomly on her that she never experienced before in her whole life. She even had a vision of them growing old together playing with their grandchildren.

Tears started to fall in her eyes because she felt that a big part of her was gone. She kissed the statue goodbye as if he was the man she loves then left the pond. She went to her room then started packing up to go home.

When she opened the door to checkout of the room, she saw something shocking that made her throw her umbrella and handbag. A guy quickly caught her stuff and gave it to her then smiled.

Coco Grove Beach Resort

The woman cried then embraced him, she couldn’t believe that he was back.  With her face full of wonder she invited him in to have a talk on the terrace and was very excited to find out what happened. The treasure hunter explained to her that the sorcerer never expected that he would get the kiss of true love in his statue form.

They both laughed and continued having a fun conversation. No crab interrupted this time thinking that its mission is already accomplished. But they’re fully aware that people with crab mentality might just be lurking around to sell them to the sorcerers and witches so they planned their escape in Siquijor Island.

Salagdoong Beach – Siquijor

They went to a log near the beach to get all of the gold that the treasure hunter hid inside it before he got caught. A friendly local recommended by the fortuneteller to contact helped them get to the seaport quickly to escape the island.

His name is Tata our tour guide and photographer around the island.

After an exhausting escape to a nearby island, the woman relaxed in a hammock that early evening while the treasure hunter was taking a bath. She got asleep without realizing it then woke up with four beetles in her tummy with blood in its thread.

She screamed very loud then woke up in a dream realizing that there’s a cockroach in her tummy. She screamed again and her husband ran very quickly with his hair still wet after taking a bath then asked her what happened.

Coco Grove Beach Resort

Her husband swatted the cockroach after flying on the wall. She threw her pillow to her husband screaming “I told you to clean this room while I was out of town for a seminar and hurry up hunting treasures!” The husband wondered then replied “You mean go the office right?”

Coco Grove Beach Resort

Siquijor is an island in the Philippines known for its enchantment. They say that this magical island is full of witches, shamans and sorcerers who are practicing black magic. They have varying ways of putting curses and diseases to people who get in their way.

Their most popular method was using beetles and other small insects to attack a victim while sleeping. Through dark magic, the witch can instruct four beetles with a thread to get in a victim’s stomach and lay eggs to it. These eggs have hazardous elements that a beetle is immune but a human is vulnerable.

If the attack is successful, the beetles come back with blood on its thread. Some people come to them and pay them an enormous amount to put a curse on someone they want revenge on.Then, those cursed people come to them later and ask for help to dispel their curse for a fee. After that, these people buy healing potions and amulets in their shop to protect them from spells.

Business was good on the island. It was so good that people from nearby islands started coming to them and would pay them well for their great service and products. The number of clients increased so quickly, that they had to hire and train more people to be able to open up new branches on the island.

A treasure hunter heard these stories from a friend and just laughed at him. He said it’s just a hoax to scare the people away from the island. The real reason behind it is to protect their ancestral treasures. The treasure hunter’s friend found out later that he went to the island alone.

He never heard from him since then for almost three years now. The treasure hunter would usually come back from his quest within just six months. In a far away island, a woman was getting disturbed by her dreams. Her dream’s setting varies but it always ends in the same exact scene. A scene where there are glowing fishes crying for help and they are closely guarded by a stone man.

She went to a fortuneteller. She tested the fortuneteller by asking her if she can tell what her dream is by just looking at her palm. The fortuneteller told her that she was dreaming about riding a Pegasus, her encounter with fairies, meeting her man of her dreams and all kinds of stories but none of the things she said matched her actual dream.

The fortuneteller said that she must have been getting visions of her older dreams instead of the latest ones. So she explained her dream to the fortuneteller and how it ends up in one ending, then she asked her if such a place really exists. The fortuneteller who happens to be a native of Siquijor Island recalled a place with her description.

She advised her that the place is somewhere in Siquijor Island but she can’t remember exactly where on the island. She warned her about the potential dangers from curses and bad spirits. But the woman was determined and went to the island to find her peace.

Upon entering the island, giant trees greeted her on her way in. The trees felt alive and creepy. Its midday but the place is cold and she can feel the hairs of her arms standing up. The woman thought that it might be just a mild fever since she didn’t get enough sleep.

Old Enchanted Balete Tree

She went to the town’s nearest church and prayed for protection. She noticed that the area surrounding the church felt a bit warm and relaxing. When she left the area and lost sight of the church she started getting that chilling feeling again that she can’t explain.

St. Isidore Labradore Church

She asked a local resident about the nearest springs, rivers, ponds and beaches in the island so she can check if one of those contain the fish she keeps on seeing in her dreams. The local resident directed her to the nearest waterfalls in her spot then gave her directions on how to get to the beaches and springs in the island.

Cambugahay Falls

She searched the whole place but found no glowing fish in the area. The woman recalled her childhood experience when she saw a friend glowing, but her others friends can’t see the glow. A few days later, her friend died in an accident. She is having second thoughts if her dreams are related to what has happened to her before.

Salagdoong Beach

After making sure that every spot in the waterfalls area was completely explored, she decided to go to her next stop, the beach. This was a bit more challenging because the area was wide and a very long walk is required to be able to explore the whole beach front.

She went up a giant rock to have a better view of the whole beach to find signs of the glowing fishes. She saw a school of fish near the shore, but those are ordinary fish with gray scales and not the glowing and colorful ones like the fishes she saw in her dream. After reaching middle part of the beach, she rested a bit.

While resting, she was thinking hard about the things that she saw in her dream. She kept visualizing the entire scene over and over hoping to get a better clue on where the place was, but nothing came to mind.

Salagdoong Beach

She started walking again while closely looking at the beach for signs of the glowing fishes. She reached the far end already but found none. Her last hope was the nearest spring on the island. She rushed to the spring before twilight then started exploring it thoroughly.

It only ended in frustration. After a tiring search, she checked-in a resort to relax and ponder on what she needs to do next in this journey. As she explored the resort, she noticed something bright from afar. After she got closer to it, she got the biggest surprise of her life.

“It’s the glowing fishes!” she exclaimed.

People nearby heard her and gave her an odd stare. She cupped her hands in her mouth and blushed after realizing that only she can see the fishes glow because of her undeveloped third-eye.

She sat in the pond then touched the water—the fishes moved as if it’s just one big fish then immediately came to her hand to kiss it. Their glow slowly faded away after that close encounter. The fishes started moving in different directions and stopped moving like its one big fish.

The woman’s mind was filled with wonder. She can’t explain the meaning of what just happened to the fishes or to her. She can’t really tell if she was just hallucinating because of dizziness caused by a whole day of searching.

To be continued…

Sunset at Coco Grove Beach Resort