Culion is a 3rd class municipality and was known as the Las Islas de Calamianes, Provincia de España. There are top things you can do here, and it is visiting the Culion Museum, Bay of Buddha’s. You can also relax and spend days by enjoying the lovely beaches.
Culion has become more popular of the history and after a historical drama was released in 2019. It is a story of a three woman who is struggling with leprosy and seeking for the cure. It was directed by Alvin Yapan and was one of the entries in Metro Manila Film Fest 2019. It had it premier on Culion in December 14, 2019 and has been permitted to film in the island by the local government leaders.
Aside from the historical drama, Culion has been taking huge steps forward by having historical sites like the Catholic Church, Museum. You can also go up into the Agila to go to the statue of Jesus Christ or enjoy the beaches.
The only island for people who suffered from the disease called leprosy. Leprosy is also called Hansen's Disease. It is an infection caused by slow-growing bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae. It can affect the nerves, skin, eyes, and lining of the nose (nasal mucosa). There, the person who has leprosy is isolated on the island to avoid the widespread. Culion was referring to “No Return” because whenever a family member enters the island, they cannot go back. There were also special coins made.
Aside from this history, you can also visit the Culion Museum and Archives that is located inside the compound of the town’s sanitarium and hospital. Inside the museum, there are books that were used to learn from leprosy disease and other sickness, old machines, lists of the deceased. In this building, you will have a glimpse of the truth of how the people struggled ane endured the disease.
You can also visit the Catholic Immaculate Conception Church. This church was built during spanish era and has a unique spanish-designed structure made of coral stones. It is the center of weddings, celebrations, baptism. It is located near the hospital, and you can choose where to go first. Later in June 18, 2018, Culion Leprosy Archives was officially inscribed to the Memory of the World Register – Asia and the Pacific.
You will see the 4 meter giant Buddha’s statues in the ocean shores that are located in Darab Island. The bay is home to Buddha statues depicting several Mudra (hand positions) such as the No Fear Buddha (Abhaya Mudra), Welcoming or Namaste Buddha (Anjali Mudra), and the Reclining Buddha (Nirvana after death or Parinirvana). Other giant Buddha statues. You can also snorkel around the area. There are many varieties of fishes and corals can be found here.
Culion is an island that carries history in the Philippines. A must visit place indeed.