For 70 years, residents of Lazi, Siquijor believed that the ghost ship or tayog-tayog is magical. It gave them the creeps, appearing at dawn every day and then vanishing into thin air just minutes after it comes into sight.
But there is greater truth in this mystery.
Just last Thursday, the Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho team flew to Siquijor to investigate the matter. Despite having rainy weather that night, tourists arrived and patiently waited for the ghost ship to appear at dawn.
Minutes before 1am, a ship actually appeared. Unlike their first video, there was no second ship that met the first on the horizon. Instead, its lights shown brighter than before.
Just 15 minutes after it showed up, it disappeared.
It was pretty much the same scene on Friday, except this time, two ships appeared, with the second coming into sight five minutes after the first. There were also smaller fishing vessels on the horizon.
When the KMJS team asked the fishermen of the small vessels about the two bigger ships, they said they were actually far away from them. But yes, they were used to tayog-tayog sightings.
The Philippine Coast Guard team reassured that there are no scheduled ships in Lazi based on their records and to make sure, Siquijor Station Commander LTJG Donna Liza Ramacho requested a larger vessel that could take everybody on board and sail through the waves to investigate.
At dawn on Friday, the team traveled mid-sea to wait for the ship to appear and after hearing a loud sound, they sped up to the source of the sound, only to see a real, physical ship.
Filipino Ship Enthusiast Coalition (FSEC) said that what was believed to be a ghost ship might actually be the MV Filipinas Iligan.
The FSEC explained its route and showed the schedules of the vessels' routes in the Philippines on its website.
They also said that the fading light may be from the ship's pattern on switching off the lights.
When the KMJS team showed to the MV Filipinas head the video they took of the alleged tayog-tayog, he said the ship in the video could possibly be theirs.
He gave their scheduled travel of the MV Filipinas: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from Ozamis to Cebu and on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from Cebu to Ozamis. Every day it traveled from 8pm to 5:30am.
According to the route plan, they estimated that their ship may be passing by Lazi, Siquijor at around 1:30am.
But whose ship is the other one passing through Lazi?
According to the Auto Identification System of the MV Filipinas Iligan, every night their vessel encounters another ship which is the Trans Asia 1.
The Trans Asia 1 also travels from Ozamis to Cebu and vice versa, it also passes by Lazi at 1:30 a.m., around the same time the MV Filipinas passes Lazi.
The KMJS team let a videographer ride the MV Filipinas and Trans Asia on Friday.
After coming near the two ships, the PCG tried to communicate with the two ships through radio.
It has been then confirmed that the ships they saw that night are the MV Filipinas and Trans Asia 1.
The truth has been unfolded: the infamous tayog-tayog is not a ghost ship after all. — Jannielyn Ann Bigtas/LA, GMA News