Thursday, June 18, 2009

sagada echo valley - repercussion of our voices

with my ankle sprained from the cave connection, i decided not to join the walk in the afternoon of that day. Nadz and Kit proceeded to one of the most significant part of the trip. this is a special post as written by guest writer Nadz.

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.

44 comments:

gillboard said...

Nice pictures... although I don't like taking pics of cemeteries... afraid something might show up that isn't supposed to be there. ;)

Chyng said...

well minsan gusto ko i-try magphoto op sa cemetery. exciting ang next entry ha, hanging cemetery? cool!

Photo Cache said...

sorry about your ankle. i have a sprained ankle right now as i type this, nakuha ko sa camping trip last weekend.

darkhorse said...

ganda...naalala ko kpag may ganito sisigaw ka tapos babalik yun echo....kaso mahirap kpag sinigaw mo "isa" tapos bumalik na echo "dalawa"...lol nice shots!

nuts said...

it will be a thrilling walk for me, i'm just so scared of walking down at cemetery. did you see any strange image in photos? :)

Borneo Falcon said...

I love the soothing foliage there

Reena said...

at least your sprain was caused by hiking. eh ako natapilok lang eh. hahhaha...

sayang, you were not able to join your friends on that hike. but now you have another reason to go back.

i like the place. this one i think i can manage. lol. and it reminds me of a scene in Sassy Girl (the korean version) lol.

Lawstude said...

How's the ankle buddy? Looks like a creepy trip but after what you have gone through, i believe nothing can scare you now. be safe always.

Nanaybelen said...

It's cool place. saan ka imikot, all green

NenNen said...

"but did not further to becoming Andrea Bocelli." <- buti naman sana babae na boses mo ngayon. Haha.

Nice shots. Brave soul. Astig Dong Ho!

Pietro said...

Beautiful landscapes and interesting the repercussion of voices. I like the green cemetery too.

Stanley said...

Sorry bout your ankle. But the place looks beautiful =D

luna miranda said...

i hope your ankle is better now! yan kasi, lakwatsa ng lakwatsa (lol).

beautiful photos...magical echo valley. i have fond memories of that cemetery.:D

Luke Wiley said...

A nice place to venture out!

alicesg said...

Oh I hope you are better now from your sprained ankle. It looked so spooky and nice of your guest to share the experience.

sheng said...

this trip is kinda creepy for me huh, like for one, nagtravel ka ng malayo, naglakad, masukal ang gubat, tapos sementary pupuntahan. wow, di ko kaya to...but you did it...i guess that proves, there's nothing to be feared of...

cebu pictures said...

wla bang multo dyan? sorry for the delay. i will make a follow on the western union today

REDLAN said...

dito ba ang commercial location nung spicy noodles na as if iba yung echo ng voice nila?

coolwaterworks said...

Eerie naman noong cementery na napapaligiran ng mga berdeng puno...

Despite the difficulty, I think it must have been a refreshing trek with the relaxing foliage... :D

dylan dimaubusan said...

Uhm, tumayo yung balahibo ko nung mabasa ko yung hanging coffins!!!
Yayks! Wahehe Ganun lang pala.

Sagad(a) talaga ang adventure sa Sagada ha. Maulan ah, ingat ha!

Musta na ankle??? You have to rest that foot for days, elevate and ice compress.

ACRYLIQUE said...

Kahit puro puting krus, maganda pa rin. :)

Bisita ka sa coloring book ko. may CRAYOLA akong ibibigay sayo. :)

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

nakakarating narin ako dyan,pero mas maganda ata ngayon ang lugar,buti malinis parin ang kalikasan.

Allen Yuarata said...

Wow! The tombs look like the one shown in Drag Me To Hell! Waaaaahhh! Magkakanightamres na naman ako nito!

nice pics again sir!

Josh of Arabia said...

so this is the famous sagada. i jst cant help but remind myself to see for myself this, and all those magnificent places in the philippines u and ur equally talented friend covered in the past.

i too, wanted to experience that echo of my voice in the field..

enchanting indeed.

-ellesig- said...

"it was a different experience and we gladly took the exercise but did not further to becoming Andrea Bocelli."

haha! why not! :)

paoruiz said...

ang ganda dito ah.. =)

Jinjiruks said...

as expected from the master of travel photography! brilliant!

SandyCarlson said...

An extraordinary place. What a climb! You search the heights and depths of a place, to be sure!

KRIS JASPER said...

Mabuti na lang at may mga batang navigators kayo.
Did you give them tips?

Nice pics Mr Dong!

Meikah said...

I just love the photos of the mountains and trees! :)

eliment said...

interesting photos..galing!

ryliej said...

Parang virgin forest ano dong... ganda!

Andy Briones said...

Nice! I'm looking forward to your next post re: hanging coffins. =)

LinGZ said...

Wow... hehhe nakakatakot.. bat it's great site... hehhe

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Bengbeng said...

i hope yr ankle is better. it would have been awesome if u could have taken a video too showcasing the echo... there r stuff still pics can't do.. dong yr blog is number one in my estimation right now :)

really enjoying yr latest trip. so exciting n adventurous

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Awesome views and photos, Dong. That reminds me several years back, the youth in our church had an outreach and we had to walk on mountains and rivers for five hours... exhausting but fun and rewarding.

Pacey said...

Oh, thought the tombs were really hanging, hahaha...great first photo, i love the mystery of the path as am so obsessed with pathways...btw, thanks for the visit, sorry if i'm late here. was on a trip recently. And sorry to know about your ankle, hope all is well now. Be persistent with the hot compress, it'll really help.

icezorg said...

Were you able to go near the hanging coffins? I tried going there but I got scared. Di ko na inabot kasi gumabi na.

eunice said...

seem like you walk a lot during your travels, cos I always see mountain pics in your blog! :D

dodong flores said...

And so I thought there are only hanging coffins in the adventure. So, there is also a Christian cemetery...

I like the way how those photos are captured. Your website is one of the best travel/photo blog that I always would like to visit. Galing!!!

Raft3r said...

i have always been fascinated by cemeteries
astig kasi, eh

Sandy B said...

Oh dear, sorry to learn about the painful ankle! Enjoyed catching up on the photos and adventures!

Rico said...

The best way to truly experience a city one is visiting is thru a local. Good thing you guys found those Batang Sagadans.

Heart of Rachel said...

I'm sorry about your ankle. Hope you're doing much better now.

Those cemetery shots are eerie. Thanks for sharing these great shots.

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