Tuesday, June 30, 2009
roam magazine second issue - contest
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Sunday, June 28, 2009
voyage of balanghai
Friday, June 26, 2009
you're invited - banaue escape
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
eleven reasons why i love sagada
 Cheap Accommodations. it can be as cheap as those homestay rates of Baguio city but still with a touch of a rustic yet beautiful rooms. some giving you a really nice view of the central town of Sagada.
Sagada's charming countryside  Church. the presence of the St. Mary Episcopal church in Sagada is very significant as it both symbolizes the town's development and the spread of Christianity. development in the sense that through the missionaries, education and health support was provided to the people of Sagada.
St. Mary's Episcopal church - Sagada  Sagada Weaving. it is just so good know that somebody has kept the tradition of weaving. from the very thread, completely coming from raw materials produced within the province, to the artistic designs of its clothing form, one will definitely love it. though now made with the use of modern wooden mechanical looms, still it's a favorite souvenir.
sagada weaving - intricately made
 Rice Terraces. there are a number of rice terraces found around Sagada. the road serves as a nice view deck to the expanse rice terraces. they say the ones that can be seen from Kiltepan peak are really impressive. i recommend you seeing the ones near Sumaguing cave.  People. the people of Sagada may not look as friendly as they may not approach you but when you start opening a conversation they can be so charming. among the really nice experience is when you get to talk to the Sagada kids as experienced by Nadz and Kit. what's great is despite the many tourists walking around, they don't beg for anything. they just enjoy being with visitors.  Climate. Sagada's location if seen through the map can be considered as the center of the Northern portion of the island of Luzon. pine trees fill the huge unoccupied lands, a variety of vegetations and a really nice climate makes Sagada a good retreat place for a busy soul. the foggy mornings and the usual rainy afternoon tells you what to bring when you go there.  Mountainscape. the limestones found around Sagada are really impressive. the mountains that forms a silhouette when seen from afar seems to be a good reason why many people would go to Sagada. they just look for a good place,for their feet to be placed on top and relax.
sagada's echo valley - repercussion of our voices  Food. everyone who visits Sagada won't deny that one of the reasons that makes Sagada very special are the food that it offers. with natural home made yoghurt, lemon pies, coffee, tea and the food influenced by the foreign tourists, who decided to make Sagada their home. food may be expensive there but a food trip around Sagada's small central town is highly recommended.  Hanging Coffins and Burial Coffins. this culture which is quite unique to the Cordillera region are as good as gems. the way they bury and hang the dead can be one of the country's most important historical ritual. the reason behind placing the dead in fetal position somehow has a strong value.
sagada hangin coffins - suspended caskets
sagada burial coffins - on cave entrances
 Roadtrip. whether you went to Sagada via Baguio or Banaue, one can just be awed by the beauty of the Cordillera mountain range. i believe that the country's highest most accessible mountain range can also be considered as the country's finest. i personally believe that the long travel to these mountains will always capture a traveler's soul.
halsema highway - cordillera mountain range  Sagada Cave System. the country's deepest cave and the fifth longest cave system is comprised of the caves of Lumiang, Sumaguing, Crystal and Latipan is must-see. though only Lumiang and Sumaguing are accessible these days, the beauty of the many chambers that it has, tells me that there's more to just exploring the country's beaches and best diving sites. the caves of Sagada are as enchanting.
lumiang cave - cave connection entrance
sumaguing cave - cave connection exiti'd like to thank Nadz and Kit for contributing much on the Sagada series through the photos and write ups. to the people of Sagada, we will see you again.thank you to all of you who consistently followed Eskapo through the Sagada series.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
sagada hanging coffins - suspended caskets
from afar we could almost see coffins hanging by the cliff at the left side and the small town of Sagada to our right. groups of people took pictures as it gives a background so strategically placed that almost everyone lined up for a particular shot.
we trek further down along with the Batang Sagadans, whom, together with us were chanting our names and chatted while trekking. it was one of the best ways to experience the local culture.
the hanging coffins itself was a enchanting scenery. only in Sagada you can find such in the Philippines along with similar traditions found around China. several other hanging coffin sites can be found around Sagada.
i thought while my eyes were fixed on them, why would someone hang coffins when you can lay them down flat at the grounds? why would someone punch holes at the hard limestone 30 feet from the ground?
well, as i was not certain to why, it just ceased my mind to wander but wonder knowing that different culture and place breeds different thinking and thus a different way of life.
it made me at awed that Sagadans have such a special way of looking things up. making Sagada more beautiful and a unique treasure and sight to behold.
thanks to Nadz for being a guest writer for the two posts feature on Echo Valley and Hanging Coffins. here's a video i found in youtube as posted by crystalthread that will show you a wider perspective of its location. this is from another site still around Sagada.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
sagada echo valley - repercussion of our voices
after a much needed rest from the Lumiang-Sumaging spelunking. we proceeded to our next adventure, the Echo Valley and Hanging Coffins.
the trek going to the cemetery took only a few minutes from the St. Mary's Episcopal Church which serves as the gate to the spooky yet thrilling walk.
the fork at the end of the road was a bit confusing to us since the green map we bought revealed nothing but a dashed line. thankfully, we were fortunate enough to have an encounter with five local children, Batang Sagadans as we fondly called them. we invited them to go with us and instantly became our cheerful guides.
we passed by a Christian cemetery and with a sloping hill of it depicted a common cemetery setup which can be seen in every part of our country. the steep hills proved to be a challenge to traverse especially for us who have watched our dumbbells turned into rust. trees lined up and so with the limestones beautifully parched the scene and gave us a magnificent view at the Echo Point. our voices reverberated for at least twice when we shouted out our exhausted breathe.
proving to us its name, Echo Valley. it was a different experience and we gladly took the exercise but did not further to becoming Andrea Bocelli.
up next the way down to the Hanging Coffins of Sagada.