This is Loboc. A quiet little town on Bohol, with the oldest catholic church on the Island, San Pedro. What you see here is San Pedro on the left and on the right is the end of a bridge, a bridge to no-where.
It is in fact a double lane concrete bridge across the Loboc river which just ends abruptly. Work was stopped ... how do I explain this ... err ... when the civil engineers realised that the Church was in the way! I mean ... just who on earth would build a bridge without checking that a bloody huge 17th century church is not directly in the way, some 30 metres from the riverbank ? And what about the workmen, surly someone should have raised the question ? Or even the towns inhabitants ? This has to get my vote as one of civil engineerings finest hours!
Needless to say this is a huge embarrassment to the town folk. So much so that the local mayor has tried to patch it up, making the bridge into a 'pedestrianised' boulevard. Pedestrianised ? ... its not like any cars can get on the bridge without the assistance of a crane or a seriously cool act of God. The best bit is the plaque naming the 'boulevard' in memory of some local benefactor. Would you really want this boulevard named after you, 'boulevard' being a thinly veiled disguised for a failed civil engineering project ... a bridge to nowhere ? I guess it must be a nice place to take evening stroll, over the bridge and back, for all of, errr, a minute.
Over our last few days in Siqujor we took a tour of the Island. We visited Cambugahay falls, a local swimming spot and popular spot to hang out. We were met with a few groups of teenagers hanging out and encouraging us to come for a swim and jump. We obliged and each time I walked around for a jump I was greeted by the teenage lads offering me a glass of Tanduay and shouting "Drink Tanduay, its good for the heart". I shouted back "but not for the head", to which the gents laughed and then threw themselves off the waterfall in another laughable position. What a great afternoon.
Another Tanduay fuelled jump off Cambugahay falls
I also managed to visit Cantabon cave on Siqujor, which I highly rate. Cantabon is an active stream way which goes on for well over a mile. This is tourist caving at its finest; turn up at the Barangay hall (village hall) and ask to be shown the cave. At which point a 40 year old mother wondered over and offered to show me around the cave with a cheapo florescent made-in-china lamp and in her flip flops. A highly recommended bit of Caving if you ever get to Siquijor. Come to think of it ... and even speaking as a non beach loving person, Siqujor is highly recommended, a fine place to let time stretch into oblivion. Long may it stay that way.