KM 275 – Sagada, Mountain Province

May 22-25, 2009 — Jill invited to go to Sagada a few days before the actual trip.

I really did not know what to expect in Sagada. I have heard from my sempai’s before that it was a beautiful place in the middle of mountains. I never expected for the small town to take my breath away.

We spent about 7 hours from the bus terminal to Baguio plus about 5 1/2 hours from Baguio to Sagada.

It was a very long bus ride from Baguio to Banaue and was even more bumpy from Banaue to Sagada as we transferred to another bus. It was very inconvenient to sit on a bus for that long, bumpy and dusty ride. But the view was spectacular! It was 5 hours worth of the majestic rice terraces.

If you are up for adventure, sign-up with TravelFactor. They’ll take care of everything for you. But if you are the type who want solitude, it is best to go there backpacking style and perhaps camp. Jill and Earnest made all the research for our group. I just joined in to share the fun.

We slept through our first day in Sagada, since most of the time was spent in travel. The next day, we went caving in Sumaging Cave, explored the burial sites and went to the small falls. We met a young carefree lady wearing a duster (a printed cotton dress usually worn by women at home) right before we went to Eco Village. Little did we know that she was a traveling artist, as she was in such good terms with our tour guide, mang Frank. When we returned to the road, she tagged along as we walked through the fields towards the small falls.

We invited them for dinner at Masferre (we had the Pinikpikan, which was actually good for 5-6 people). It was a lovely dinner, and conversations about the hike we just had. Later that evening, we also got a chance to attend a wedding feast. It was then that I really appreciated the culture of the Igorots.

Another local was talking to us as we observed the dances during the celbration. He explained that those moves symbolize the courtship. He also gave us a briefing on their traditions. I’ll write about that on future edits of this blog.

But for now, I’ll just share the pictures, and invite you to join me next year when I revisit Sagada, and have the full experience.

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