Culion was called the Island of the Living Dead or the Island of No Return. Once the largest leper colony in the world, it stands today as a reminder of life in the Philippines when leprosy was still an incurable disease. Culion was selected as the containment area of all those with leprosy in the Philippines during the American Period. The only way to stop its spread was to isolate all those afflicted with it. People with leprosy were rounded up like criminals to be sent to the island, most certainly to die given that there was no cure. That is why it was called the Island of No Return. Ships brought patients to Culion every three months. And by its 25th year, there were 16,138 patients on Culion's roster making it the largest leper colony in the world.