Wednesday, June 24, 2009

eleven reasons why i love sagada

of our three day stay in Sagada, i seem to have maximized my stay along with Nadz and Kit that i ended up with eleven reasons why i love this highland town.
[11] 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
[10] 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
[9] 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
[8] 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. [7] 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. [6] 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. [5] 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 [4] 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. [3] 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
[2] 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
[1] 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 exit
i'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.

71 comments:

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

what a magnificent place! thanks for sharing

by the way, the cave burial is like those we have on the island of Sulawesi (Celebes).

-ellesig- said...

it was a very good series! :)

Photo Cache said...

next time sama kami :)

i really like it when you list down the reasons for liking a place. it's a great conclusion to the series.

san tayo ngayun?

gillboard said...

i think people is already a given no matter what place you go to here in the Philippines...

anyway...this was a great series... loved the spelunking part.. think you forgot about that!!!

ACRYLIQUE said...

Wow. LOVE IT! A dream land in the sky. :)

Chyng said...

Bravo! Very well told. Parang natakam ako sa Yoghurt na yun. Sana may enuf energy din ako para magpunta ng Sagada..

BTW, meron nakong magazine ng digital photography!

Asian Traveler said...

I’ve been meaning to visit this place. At least now I know where to go. Thanks for the tips.

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Borneo Falcon said...

Nice summary. I really fall in love with the place and people over there already

EM said...

Looks like you found a treasure of a place worth coming back to. Hurrah to your series!

Carver said...

I can see why you love Sagada. What a beautiful place. I loved all the sites you showed us and the weaving looked so beautiful. I've always loved hand woven goods.

alicesg said...

Dong Ho, thanks for sharing your adventure of sagada. It is really an eye opening for me, especially the hanging coffins. Looking forward to your next adventure.

witsandnuts said...

Not just 10, but 11 things. It must really be so beautiful. =) Whenever I visit a new place, as much as possible I want to experience its distinct culture by spending time with its locals over their native food. I also ensure to check the church first. Thanks for sharing your travel to all of us.

Rico said...

It was a great series Dong! You really featured Sagada in all its beauty, something that made me want to visit it all the more. I particularly liked the Sagada cave system post, maybe because it's one thing I (probably) won't do when I go there.
Looking forward to more of your adventures!

Lantaw said...

been to sagada only once but i'd like to go there again soon

luna miranda said...

all the reason to visit/re-visit Sagada. my top reason why i love Sagada would be the P300 (or was it P200?) 60-min body massage. after all the trek all day, massage was my relaxation at night. no. 2 would be "pinikpikan"---it's a brutal way to prepare a chicken dish, but what the heck, it tastes great!:P

PUSANG-gala said...

OMG---totoo yung mga coffins na yun? masyado namna atang showy---like they are exposed in the open.....

Layrayski said...

Nice! I'd love to go there. I think you've done your work coz you got me convinced.

nuts said...

thanks for sharing.. its more than eleven reasons, hundred reasons maybe. (or thousands). watched sagada part 2 last night, Tim on a topload, he's so funny. wala ka ata topload photo in your sagada series.

jericho said...

musta na po? sama mo naman ako sa byahe mo ... hehe

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

yung kultura ang isa sa gusto ko rin sa sagada.simple!

Marky said...

i Love it my friend! Nice pictures.

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Marky

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jasperjugan said...

as a traveller, i've always wanted to visit sagada. however, looking at the number of things to do and the number of hours i have to spend for travel (i just hope they have a night time overnight sleeper bus so i can do a quick long weekend getaway), i haven't made time for this until now yet :(

definitely something i look forward to do, but i guess i really have to file for leave to take this route

I am Xprosaic said...

Yup! yup! you've given us enough reasons why we wanna go there too! jijijijijiji... sarap naman kasama mo pa kapwa bloggers sa trip niyo diyan! jejejejjejej

NenNen said...

Super amazing pictures! astig!

Stanley said...

Wow, sagada seems like a really cool place. One day I'd definitely visit Philipines and even perhaps get the chance to meet you! Have fun at the talk anyways =D

Tita Beng said...

Wonderful escapades! Looking forward to your next adventure!

Reena said...

it's good that you have this list because i wasn't able to follow this series. hmmm, parang i want to go there. bundok naman for a change. :)

beero said...

kaya naman pala nire-recommend mo talaga sa kin ang sagada eh. well, i'll add it to my "to visit" list. hehe.

moonsparks said...

para na rin akong nakapunta doon dahil sa mga kinunan mong litrato pati sa mga kuwento. sama din ako sa susunod mong pupuntahan ha? :)

nuts said...

waiting for your next post. dropping also to check for the contest. i'll be back from time to time to get myself familiarized in your previous series. :)

fortuitous faery said...

i hope the hanging coffins stay preserved and safe from vandals. i have yet to visit sagada!

AC said...

Thanks for sharing...Looking forward to your next post/series...

stan said...

The highlands with its cool weather is definitely a fav here now in Ireland!

bing said...

what interests me most is the cheap accommodations. it is what matters most in this times of crisis he he

sagada's hanging coffins are very interesting.

Blue Rose said...

*waahhh* that made me want to visit sagada. now na! lol

it was a very good series dongho. thank you for sharing it with us.

sheng said...

wow, lovely indeed, i wish to go here...i wanna enjoy sagada too...

Pietro said...

Eleven very good reasons. I'd like to see these wonderful places!

juleste said...

we almost wentto Sagada last May. kaya lang natuloy. you shots and stories make me wish for another chance to see the place.

juleste said...

correction: di natuloy

dencios said...

lahat ng dream destination ko halos napuntahan mo na. haha. puede bang ako muna pumalit sa adventures mo? haha.

all pics are well executed. iba ka talaga :)

dora said...

xa nga pala, where is sagada located?

Theonoski said...

galing ng sagada series. awesome!

bw said...

"the food influenced by the foreign tourists, who decided to make Sagada their home "

wow... some remained to stay, lured by the beauty of the place ! Nice post bro. and thanks for sharing :)

Bengbeng said...

it was an entertaining and informative series. Great pics too.

eye in the sky said...

the lush foliage and the beautiful earth tones, the dreamy atmosphere... all make for a little piece of heaven. greats photos.

SandyCarlson said...

I enjoyed this series of photos, my friend. The first one made me smile because the flora and the landscape are so much like here, yet I know the place is unique.

Andy Briones said...

You're very convincing. Your 11 reasons make me want to go there, hehe. The hanging coffins still give me the creeps though.

I'd like to try their lemon pie. Yum.

bluedreamer27 said...

wow amazing naman yung mga hanging coffins

PUSANG-gala said...

the donG ---ay---talgang natuloy Dom? naku---excited nako sa mga pictures mo ng munti naming isla---masaya naman ako na nagustuhan mo/nyo. kahit simple lang yung place compared sa dami ng mga magagandang places sa Pilipinas.

KRIS JASPER said...

sigh...

I pray to see the rice terraces before I die, or before 2012 (when all of us die coz they say it's the end of the world.)

whatever comes first.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Beautifu, just beautiful places, people and scenery. Great shots Dong!

Panaderos said...

Beautiful place. Beautiful pics. How cold was it when you were there?

Heart of Rachel said...

This is a great summary. It's a wonderful way to show the lovely aspects of Sagada. I hope that I can go there someday with my family.

rara said...

sagada is one of the best places in cordi but wait till yoiu visit ifugao and kalinga.

chyng said...

cant agree more, nothing beats the cave connection! buwis buhay! woohoo!

Technology and Informations said...

My love to all with what you've liked, like a good place this, thanks for the info you provide.

healthy live said...

I really liked this post Sagada cave system, probably because one of the things I (probably) will not do when I go there. thank you for what you provide

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Travel vacation said...

extraordinary place that ever existed in the world.

Technology said...

I think you find a heaven on earth .. really can not believe it.

bobby said...

a good and beautiful place, I want to go there to convince myself of this

Mike said...

I've read some of your blogs and enjoy the pics. One thing I noticed though, you don't include places to stay or how to get there. It might help some of your readers if they are interested in getting there. Just a suggestion.

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Bobby said...

really beautiful what is already there. I want to be there with people I love.


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Benj said...

Just read this now! Yes, I agree. It's awesome! :p

chefchefan said...

i never knew that sagada has so much to offer... i was hesitant to come because of the coffins alone but reading this article surely made me a go on going here.. thanks

ianisme said...

quite refreshing... and the top load (jeepney) whirlwind experience nailed it :-)

AJ said...

Thinking of going there with my mom. Banawe and Sagada are in her bucket list. Do you think my mom (who's 79) can still hack it? Is there hiking involved to see at least some of the sights?

Joven of Travex Travels said...

Sagada din isa sa mga pinakagusto kong place na napuntahan ko. Ang babait pa ng mga locals (taga-Sagada kasi nagtour sa akin dati). Astig!

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