Tuesday, December 22, 2009

banaue to batad

crossing along mountain ridges of the Ifugao province was one that i anticipated the whole week before we went to Banaue. i believe the road trip to Cordillera never fail to amaze backpackers like us.on a Friday night, i met ironwulf, lagalog and erick at the Autobus terminal in Espana Manila. we were there on time and even had the chance to befriend Nuno, a backpacker from Portugal who was also going on a trip to Batad.the bus left relatively on time and we decided to rest on this trip to prepare for the treks, which we will be taking the next day. we took the bus bound for Banaue. a nine-hour trip from North of Manila.upon arriving in Banaue, we had our breakfast before taking the trip to Batad, our main destination. since the public jeepney to Batad is still at 3:00pm, we were offered an option to join a Korean family who was rented a van going to Batad's saddle. Batad's drop off point.we agreed with the price though a bit higher than the regular jeepney, still we made a great choice as taking the van was more comfortable. though to best experience there was to ride a jeepney and experience the topload ride.about an hour trip, we were again passing along mountains covered with fog. there were other foreign tourists who were taking the same route to the saddle. mostly backpackers.some parts of the road were still being repaired from landslides which may have been caused by the typhoons that passed months back. makes it unsafe to travel the Cordilleras when a typhoon enters the region.our van would stop once in a while to allow us to take shot of some of the view sites. showcasing rice terraces as if giving us a glimpse of what was ahead of us.coming up next the trek down to Batad's view point. also i'm announcing the winner for the Banaue series contest. the correct answer as to where i lost my favorite bonnet was in Marinduque. many might have guessed Sagada but just a note, i always bring a bonnet every time i travel. two guessed it right and the Tsuper magazine goes to Aline. thanks for all those who joined.

35 comments:

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

This is the post I've been waiting. Glad to retrace Banaue to Batad through your story and photos.

I am Xprosaic said...

Wow! fogs! naku tagal na rin pala akong di nakaramdam ng fogs... kelangan ko na naman atang umakyat ng bundok... jijijijiji

luna miranda said...

it's good to see Batad one more time. Batad was my first real "trek"...these photos bring back funny and wonderful memories of that trip.

gillboard said...

ganda ng fog.

docgelo said...

wow,i can almost feel the fog from your photos, lol. i'll swing back for the rest of the series.

lagal[og] said...

ei Dom, just dropping by to greet you a blessed Christmas!

Allen said...

dahil sa fog, nagmumukhang ang tahi-tahimik nya. nakakarelax.

happy holidays!

BlogusVox said...

Merry Christmas, donG!!!

Leoj said...

hi dong. tagal kong hindi nakadalaw dito ah.

hmm, napanood ko yung film na batad sa paang palay. very great place!

merry christmas everyone!

AWANG said...

Like always enjoy reading your trip.
By the way I wish you a Merry Christmas & have a wonderful holiday.

bertN said...

Ilan na ba ang alam mo na nahulog riding vehicles "topside"?

Merry Christmas!

Traveler on Foot said...

Have a blessed Christmas Dong Ho.

Pacey said...

Lovely photos and the type of photos I'd like to shoot some day. Have a wonderful holiday seasons this year.

princess_dyanie said...

parang super lamig dahil sa fog! teka parang natakot ako sa kalsada hehe :P

wow aline nanalo ka! congrats! :P

-ellesig- said...

the top load ride must be scary!

Photo Cache said...

may trademark ka pla dong.

if there is one destination you have featured here on this blog that i would move heaven and earth to reach, it would be this. so i'm hanging in tight waiting for the next posts.

enjoy the holidays.

Jerick (the former Curbside Puppet) said...

ang ganda. parang gusto ko rin mag-backpack minsan.

Ferdz said...

One of the fun trips this year :D

Merry christmas to you and your family Dom!

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Awesome trip!
May you have the merriest Christmas and the happiest New Year, Dong. :)

Lawstude said...

Fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving gifts are all the buzzwords in a Christmas setting. Make your Christmas a one to cherish for years!

Batad is one of the tougest trips I had last year and I am sure you and the gang had the blast this year.

Enjoy the holidays Dom.

carlotta1924 said...

the fog is also one thing i enjoy seeing when traveling to the mountains. they make the mountain ranges look more majestic.

btw, can't help but notice that backhoe. also passed by one 8 years ago on a hike to batad as well.

merry christmas dong! :)

Chyng said...

Wow whoa! Interesting nga ang series na to.

Nilamig ako sa fog. I think kelangan ko na din ng bonnet. Ü

witsandnuts said...

Kakainggit, naunahan pa ako ng mga foreigners na sumakay sa bubong ng jeepney. Haha.

Merry Christmas to you and to your family!

Aris said...

Merry Christmas, Dong! :)

fufu said...

yeah the jeepney ride must be very exciting =p anyway hohoho merry christmas

KRIS JASPER said...

Dong, Merry Christmas!

bw said...

that's a pretty risky ride LOL :) the terraces look amazing !

bw said...

Merry Xmas to you Dong ! All the best for 2010.

Heart of Rachel said...

The ride must be an adventure and the view perfect.

Raft3r said...

ang foggy!
ang lamig dyan!
sarap!

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goldz said...

hi dong,tnx for this blog.i found it very helpful, im even thinking of doing the same thing as u guys did.we r planning of going to batad before sagada.but im a bit worried how worse it will be to hike from the saddle to batad with our loaded backpacks?since we havent done that before,and considering we are girls,hehe.wev hiked before but not with a lot of things with us, especially its a very long one.tnx,tnx...il appreciate your reply soon,we are planning to go there this july22-25,2011...tnx much!:-)

dong ho said...

hi Goldz, you can proceed and carry as less things as possible. from saddle to batad village wont be much of a problem but it will be on your way back. in that case, you can ask someone from the village to carry your bags. at around P100 will be good.

if you have other questions email me at i.dongho@gmail.com

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