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NATURE UNLTD IN SAGADA

Trekking. Hiking. Spelunking. Food. That's Sagada.

WIND AND MORE IN ILOCOS

Life is a wind. Get that in Ilocos Region.

BOLINAO FALLS

If you think golden sand beaches are the only tourist spots, think again. Bolinao is falls too.

AMBUKLAO WATER RESERVOIR

If you just want to see a sky-mountain-lake landscape, then head to Bokod, Benguet.

DASOL HIDEAWAY

In this simple town of Dasol, Pangasinan lies an unspoiled island paradise sprinkled with white sands and a total half of mysteriously formed rock formations.

HUNDRED ISLANDS, PANGASINAN

The Hundred Islands in Alaminos, Pangasinan is one of the many tourist attractions in Luzon Island. Give yourself a summer treat; enjoy island hopping, kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling.

Saturday, March 30

Sagada History Told Inside Ganduyan Museum

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After getting some persimmon lemon pie inside the Persimon Café, we went for a short glimpse of the Ganduyan Museum. The museum tells about the culture of Sagada and how the Sagadan people lived before. It’s a small museum packed with all the history of Sagada it can get.

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Saturday, March 23

Baguio Transient May Be Your Next Holiday Home in Baguio City

Booking your stay in Baguio Transient means comfort, safety and just pure Baugio experience.

So for quite some time, I have been looking for a transient house in Baguio where my family can actually rent for several days. Even though I was looking for cheap transient houses, the one that I choose must pass my criteria—it should be clean, safe, and that homey feeling. One criterion not met, and I’d better bet for a hotel. But there’s one transient house in Baguio that met all my criteria. And that’s Baguio Transient.

Wednesday, March 20

A Quick Stop at Sagada’s Persimon Café (Vincent’s Coffee Shop)

Persimmon Cafe in Sagada (also known as Vincent Coffee Shop and Grill)

I forgot to tell you that fortunately, we again met the two backpackers who joined us on our trek to the Lumiang Burial Caves. This time, they just had their breakfast at Yoghurt House in Sagada. We had again some conversations and we decided to go for a tour to Underground River then another trek to the small falls, the Bokong Falls. We were supposed to join them in their Echo Valley Tour but we decided to head to Persimmon Café and buy some lemon pie as baon to our tiresome trek to said tourist destinations.

Tuesday, March 19

Fruity Restaurant Breakfast at Yoghurt House, Sagada

Yoghurt House is one of the popular restaurants in Sagada. Their specialty is no other than yoghurt.

When my friend arrived, I told him we go to a popular restaurant and eat breakfast. There are many choices, Yoghurt House, Lemon Pie House, Dalikan, Pinikpikan House and Persimmon Café. But we chose Yoghurt House because I’ve heard from other people who already went to Sagada that their homemade yoghurt were just the best in town. Yes it was.

Monday, March 18

Of Misty Morning, Mountain Dew and Sagada Flowers

Tomato fruits in Sagada, Mountain Province. Others though are flowers in Sagada.

My dinner was over and we have to walk about 20 minutes from their house to Misty Inn. Misty Inn is very far from the town hall but it’s nearer to the orange farms in Sagada. And for that we have to walk through the dark roads in this town. I just hope the government will have to provide more lights in Sagada and I hope the roads will be paved too.

Saturday, March 16

Sagada Canao and A Dinner with The Igorot Family—Aligos/Lizardos

Old dancing Igorot photo courtesy of BALIKTANAW.WORDPRESS.COM


The parting time with our newly met backpacker friends were nevertheless the last time, but for the night it was so. We have to go home to Christian’s house for the dinner. I was shy to actually join them in their dinner but there we went. Besides it’s free haha so who was I to decline?

Another Burial Tradition in Sagada’s Lumiang Cave

Here are the stacked coffins of the popular Lumiang Burial Cave in Sagada.

A few minutes of rest from the famous Hanging Coffins of the Echo Valley tour have confronted us to take it to the next burial site which is inside a cave. I thought that the only way early people of Sagada is to hang the coffins of their dead loved ones when they pass away, but I was wrong because this simple town has yet so many traditions that up until now is existing. Out of all the caves in the world where the first humans exist as caves were their first homes, I think Sagada has one of the few caves, particularly the Lumiang Cave, which still has proofs that indeed caves were used in the early traditions of the world.

Wednesday, March 13

How to Go to Sagada Attractions: Echo Valley

Map of the different Sagada attractions going to Echo Valley.


To reach the different tourist attractions in Sagada:

From Manila, ride a bus directly bound to Sagada. Or ride a bus bound to Baguio. In Baguio, go to GL Trans Terminal (see related Sagada terminal map post here). Ride ordinary bus going to Sagada. Fare around P220 and travel time up to 6 hours.

Tuesday, March 5

An Amazing Up Close to the Hanging Coffins of Sagada

The Hanging Coffins of Sagada is a mirror to one's tradition way before the conquerors arrived.

Long time ago, even before the colonizers arrived in the Philippines, the people of the Cordillera have their own traditions and customs. They have their own hierarchy, attires, family connections, dances, rituals, ceremonies and burial tradition. One of the preserved way of entombing (not actually the same way as burial) is the so-called “hanging” of the caskets of their dead loved ones. And these Hanging Coffins testify that yes, even before the conquerors came, the people were already civilized.

Monday, March 4

Shout Your Dreams to Echo Valley, Sagada

Me in the Echo Valley of Sagada, Mountain Province.

Hello (hello, hello). Is there anybody out there (there, there)?

A bit of graveyard related history, we walked all the way down to the Echo Valley. When someone is reaching the up-close hanging coffins, he has to go first at the back of the church, follow the sign that goes to the mountain vale, reach the tombs, and follow the path at the back of the tombstones. Yes, this part of the Sagada travel series deals with words like “church”, “dead”, “tombs”, “coffins” and “hang”.

Saturday, March 2

A Sagada Graveyard Stopover

This is Sagada's main burial park. The Echo Valley is just at the back of this graveyard.

The way to Echo Valley where the up-close Hanging Coffins were located means you have to go first at the back of the Stone Church, reach the stairs that leads somehow to a retreat house, go left by following the sign where “To Echo Valley” was painted and see the cemetery. It was a walk tour right after a bus ride so we did make a short rest at their graveyard.

Sagada Stone Church: An Anglican Fossil


The Stone Church of Sagada was established by early Anglican missionaries.
Sagada, a small uphill village in the Mountain Province, was like any other towns in the Philippines. It has a church nearby the town hall. But the church, more commonly known as the Stone Church of Sagada, was not of any Spanish descent. Instead it was an Anglican convent, meaning it is of relation to the Episcopal churches of the English people. So after our cool down from walking, we eventually proceeded with our Echo Valley tour which commonly starts with the church of Sagada.