Thursday, April 28, 2011

on the road to kalinga

i thought the road to Kapangan was the toughest until i reached Tinglayan in the province of Kalinga. it was not bumpy for most of the trip. in fact, almost a third of the way was already paved but there were several spots where we would pass by steep cliffs along side the mountain range of Kalinga.
until the last few days before the long weekend of Holy Week, we were still undecided where to go. first choice was to the island of Masbate, far south of Manila and the second choice was Abra which was far North of Manila. having a rare four-day holiday this year meant, we can go farther.
we were running out of bus tickets with Theo, who was persistent in checking with all the bus lines. then came the option of going to Kalinga. one of the remaining provinces that i haven't been to in Luzon. there were two options, either we take the route via Tabuk the capital of Kalinga or via Bontoc-Banaue south of Kalinga. though there were more bus trip options via Tabuk, tickets were already sold out and so we were left with the latter. one of the best experience when one is in Cordillera, the country's largest mountain range, is to ride on top of the jeepney that ventures on each of the province in this region. in exchange of the summer heat, are the stunning mountain views along the way. the danger on the road to Tinglayan can double during the rainy season as falling rocks and landslide can actually trap vehicles in between destinations. while during summer, the hills are dry and most of the time bare.
the whole time we were moving along side the long and winding Chico river. thus one side of the road are the towering stone walls while steep cliffs on the other side. there were fewer rice terraces on this route than the roads in between Benguet, Ifugao and Mountain province.
there were very few villages along the way and knowing that the trip would take three hours, i did not checked my watch. despite the ongoing road development, there were still a number of areas known for falling rocks and dangerous ravines.
after that long butt numbing trip on top of the jeepney, seeing the village of Tinglayan from the road was a relief. an unforgettable ride. but in two to three years time, this road will be completely paved.
how to get there:
to experience this road trip (Bontoc to Kalinga), best option is to take the bus (Florida Bus, Ohayami, or Autobus) from Manila to Banaue. regular trips to Banaue usually are between 9:00pm - 11:00pm for a nine-hour road trip.
from Banaue, take a jeep or van to Bontoc (about 2hours). regular trips are usually the whole morning till early afternoon.
from Bontoc, look for the jeep or bus that leaves Bontoc usually just once a day.

escape factor:
mountainscape: 4.5
accessibility: 2.5
road quality: 2.5
topload experience: 4.0
isolation: 4.5

29 comments:

Theonoski said...

woot!woot! riding on top of the jeep is one of the best experience ever! ka-level lang ng capones escapade 2 years ago.

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc, said...

travel trip kung travel trip ha... mahirap nga yan dapat laging planado.. pero so far oki naman sa kalinga base na rin sa kwneto mo hehe :D

shengmarie said...

An escape to somewhere and only Dong Ho can do that, what with riding on top of the jeepney, and for 3+ hours, woot!

Pinoy Adventurista said...

nice naman! sana ganyan din ako ka-tyaga mag byahe... hehehe!!! soon! pupuntahan ko din yan... thanks for sharing... =D

Rizalenio said...

Glad to know that the development will soon be felt there. Your photos seems like you were on an extreme sports. I want to experience that soon.

dong ho said...

>Theonoski, hahaha... kinabahan talaga.

>Axl, it's a place i recommend for great mountainscape and immersion.

>Sheng, hahaha... not really. dami na ring nakapunta dito.

>PinoyAdventurista, sinusulit lang ang summer. sana nga makapunta ka.

>Rizalenio, thanks! i highly recommend Kalinga, though a bit risky but still worth it.

bertN said...

You are riding on top of a jeep negotiating an unpaved, very narrow two-way winding road with sharp rocks on one side and a chasm on the other!! Baka mabilis pa ang takbo nang jeep, walang busina o brake at lasing pa yung driver!!

I don't know about you guys but I'd rather skydive without a parachute LOL.

tina said...

huwaaaw! :)

Dom, sama ko next time, gusto ko m-experience ang top load! hihi!

Reena said...

nakakatakot. :P

alicesg said...

Wow looked like a very rough adventure. Are you all sitting on top of the jeep? Looked like fun but I wont attempt that...lol.

chyngreyes.com said...

danger - with your eyes wide open! Ü

ano ba yan, travel ka naman as of this writing samantalang ako nasa ofis pa din! life is unfair! haha!

enjoy your trip.. at dapat magpapakita "sila" sayo. =)

Photo Cache said...

dong, that road - curvy and on the side o the mountain - ganyan sa yosemite and some other places here in the bay area. pero mukhang mas nakakatakot jan.

my bff is from masbate and she says it's wonderful out there, especially the beaches, di pa masyadong alam ng tao.

SandyCarlson said...

Your journeys just amaze me. I admire your tenacity and all that you accomplish.

tim said...

Whoa! Naku nakakatakot yung daan ah..

lakwatsera de primera said...

I had fun riding on top of the jeepney from Sagada to Bontoc as well. Fantastic view :)

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

sana nagyaya d ba. hehe I'll do Tinglayan na tlga ths May. cnt wait to see the tribal tatoos. :)

nuts said...

wow, kelangan talaga sulitin ang summer.. napaka-adventurous mo talaga! galing!

Jag said...

Wow! Ayos na ayos ang trip! Ang ganda ganda pa ng mga kuha!

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

Di ko pa nasubukan mag topload. =P

docgelo said...

ikaw na ang pinaka astig na travel blogger, dom!
i like the phrase, butt-numbing! haha!
wonderful captures of the trip!

pusang kalye said...

sa ngyn nakakarelate nako. dati fantasyland tingin ko sa mountain province. After Sagada, alam ko na na di rin biro ang tumira dito sa mga gnitong lugar. sa byahe palang sugal buhay na araw araw. ang tindi ng mga slopes dom.at parang napaka-unstable ng lupa sa ibang portion no?

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

This topload adventure is a sure way to get a sunburn besides seeing the killer views. You must have used sunblock, did you?

Sendo said...

huwaw...katakot much naman yung daan, hehe. pero enjoy sa topload ah! gusto ko niyan!!! WEEEEH

MysLykeMeeh said...

hey dong, you never fail to put life in your blog.

awesome photos!

Traveling Hawk said...

Spectacular views, dong ho!

ayan said...

wow...naunahan mo pa ako dyan...hehe
im from tabuk =)

Raft3r said...

gusto kong sumakay sa ibabaw ng jeep din!
hehe

-palakanton- said...

hope to experience this! hand salute sir

air to air heat exchanger said...

Your journeys just amaze me. I admire your tenacity and all that you accomplish.

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