SIQUIJOR’S Butterfly Sanctuary and Bandilaan Mountain View Park will soon be more accessible with the concrete road along Barangay Calunasan in the town of Maria. “Before the end of first quarter, locals and tourists will be able to utilize a new 2-lane paved road going to secluded tourist destinations in the province. This road is also incorporated with drainage and slope protection features as flood-control and safety measure,” Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Siquijor District Engineer Elvis G. Calunod said in a statement last week. Mr. Calunod also said that several other road improvement projects are lined up “to ensure local and international tourists experience this island province in Central Visayas that offers a handful of world-class destinations.” Siquijor can be reached by ferry services from Dumaguete City, the closest jump-off point, as well as Cebu and Tagbilaran. The province, called Isla de Fuego (Island of Fire) by the Spanish colonizers, celebrates several annual fiestas, including the Healing Festival during the Catholic Holy Week when traditional healers gather in Mt. Bandilaan to make herbal medicines and conduct therapeutic sessions. MSJ