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BLACK MAGIC MARY Siquijor Island is one spooky place. It's riddled with abandoned churches and unexplored caves and known throughout the Philippines for its black magic and mangkukulam, or traditional healers. The real hair-raiser is a statue of the Virgin Mary in the village of Maria, a winding 15-km drive through the mountains from the main port of Larena. In her right hand she clutches a skull and in her left an inverted crucifix. Leave before dark: word is she's a nightwalker.

LOOKING SWEET According to local legend, the 1,268 Chocolate Hills of Bohol were formed when a giant shed tears upon...

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