Wednesday, January 20, 2010

batad village - trekking down

the night after our trek down Tappia falls, we didn't resisted the locals' offer for a whole body massage. just perfect for the tired knees and sleepy eyes. yet after a chat with the other backpackers from different countries, we thought we would just end the night that way. we were already in our beds when we noticed that a night sky shot might be great. we did and even ended late night.
the next day though still tired, i decided to go down the small village located at the center of the terracing paddies. i thought it was easy but it seemed that the way down to the falls was as high as going to this village.
determination and the rare chance to see the village upclose gave me enough confidence to push through. i went down following an unclear path as some paths actually led me to houses. passed by several Ifugao house and empty rice paddies.
after almost thirty minutes, i finally reached the last walkway to the village, it was a great experience to see Ifugao houses where people are still residing in it. unlike most of the ones which are displayed in museums.
some were already made of metal roofs and most of the houses used rocks as its tiles. it was quite usual to find baskets and other agricultural materials below their elevated houses.i saw how they started their day and everyone welcomed me with a smile. went around the village saw kids playing around while the elders were busy starting their day working.
i noticed that i didn't brought my watch and cellphone with me and that i have very limited time in this village. so i started asking the locals, yet not one of the people i encountered has a watch. i realized that they base the time of the day on the sun's position.
a cellular phone is as useless as there's no signal in the area. i walked few more steps down the main walkway that led to one of the simplest church i've seen. or might as well call it a chapel. yet i never knew that this chapel can bring as great awe as seeing the big Spanish colonial churches in the country.
a few more shots, left a smile to the people around and started my way back. this village is indeed one of the most beautiful village in the country. simple living, happy people and great view defines an ideal village to me. it was worth the walk down and the almost endless and tiring steps up.

33 comments:

dodong flores said...

Nice travel photos as always. Sana makakarating din ako sa lugar na yan...

gillboard said...

i like this series. ganda ng lugar.

Photo Cache said...

sarap magtrekking lalo na ikaw lang ang napagod at hindi ako. great series. more to come?

Cza said...

Wow... ganda! Parang ang fresh fresh ng paligid :) mabuhay ang north!

Chyng said...

Sobrang ginaw? Pano ka naligo jan? Ü

ALiNe said...

I wanna go.. can you give me details please!!!

Ailee Verzosa said...

cool kid... what was he/she holding? balisong or something? hahaha as usual, great pictures...

sheng said...

Galing galing, so fresh and so serene ang paligid.

Pietro said...

Splendid sequence of views, very nice and interesting!

luna miranda said...

no electricity, no signal...perfect escape! the village looks desolate with folks in the photos.:p

Hilda said...

It's really amazing that their house architecture has not changed for so many centuries. As they say, why fix something if it ain't broke? It's probably the best style for their weather.

Fantastic photos, as always!

syel said...

i've never seen Ifugao houses na wala sa museum. nakaka-inspire magplano mag-visit! :)

docgelo said...

i can almost smell the fresh air from your pictures. however i am disturbed by your photo of an ifugao child holding that appears to me as sharp object (?).
how much did you pay for the massage?

SandyCarlson said...

What a great village. You take me places I could not have dreamed existed. Thank you.

Bengbeng said...

i am simply stunned looking at the simplicity of the lives of the villagers. looking downhill does seem a little frightening. i am a little afraid of heights so is benghui

Borneo Falcon said...

Nice angle on the photos. You made the place look so beautiful and unique

jeanny said...

Ang ganda. parang sobrang lamig dyan, sisipunin yata ako dyan hehehe!

Sidney said...

Great find... still unspoiled by tourism.
Great pictures!

Nanaybelen said...

nakakahanga ang tibay ng bahay nila ....

Lionheart said...

Nice photos asl always... Hehe :)

Hindi pa ako nakakarating diyan... AT sana makarating na ako :) Hanggang Baguio lang ako.

my gulch said...

saya naman! :-D

Eki said...

beautiful countryside photos. and i enjoyed reading the storeis. thanks for sharing.

Reena said...

the first photo reminds me of piolo pascual in a mobile commercial. i dnt know why. :D

nice shots! i hope to reach that place too.

Eds said...

nice place! so quiet at fresh pa yong hangin jan. and believe ako don sa mga taong sa sun position or sa shadow lang tumitingin tapos malalaman na nila kung anong oras.

nuts said...

i'm so inggit talaga sa napapasyalan mo. i read reena's comment here, alala daw niya si Papa Piolo sa comm'l.. ako naman yng movie nila dati ni Juday sa Sagada, halos ganito din setting.. sarap sana pasyal lang, di ko kaya kung don ako titira, mahirap kung wala signal.. :)

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

it's truly the simplicity of one's life in the boondocks that appeals to people stressed out in the big city. would love to go back there in a heartbeat.

kegler747 said...

Hi Dong! I'm now back after a 6-month hibernation from blogging. I'm starting to read again blogs and of course kasama itong Eskapo blog mo.

Nakakatakot naman yung 1st pix sa taas, parang ayoko mastranded dun :)

bw said...

very nice pics Dong.. good composition.

eunice said...

wow those houses r a classic! The air must be really fresh there. Seems like it's a remote place when u mentioned that they don't even use a clock. Is it easy to go there? eg. how long is the journey from city? Amazing.

Raft3r said...

yun bata, girl o boy?
=)

katcarneo said...

Oh, reminds me of Nayong Pilipino, but this is the real thing!

Sendo said...

astig sir dong...nakakatuwa ka tingnan sa ibabaw ng traysikel ^^ wow...i hope to get there this march! this post will help me ^^

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