Saturday, May 28, 2011

luplupa tinglayan

"yuka... yuka... yukishhh..." uttering these words to get the attention of the black-skinned pigs while i was on top of a 3-feet-high house fence in the small village of Luplupa in Kalinga. this was how the locals gather their pigs which were freely roaming around the village.it was unusual to see swines out of fences living along with dogs and chickens. there were dozens including piglets each resembling to one another. i wonder how the residents determine which ones they own. simple. like dogs, the pigs knew where to go home and recognizes their master's call.the entire village is composed of just about a hundred and twenty houses and is located across the Chico river opposite the highway. thus, one needs to cross the long hanging bridge to get to the village.
though Poblacion already holds Tinglayan's town church, the church in Luplupa is the town's old church. settled behind the village in an elevated open area in between century old Acacia trees. as a tradition, the largest tree in the village has a ribbon tied to signify as the heritage tree. the village's main gathering area has a stage with a local phrase written on it "mataku ta-u losan" which meant "we will all live". which also reflects the locals take on positivity and living a good and simple life.to reach the main village area, one has to walk more steps up. immediately i noticed that there were several water faucets within the village with water freely flowing. clean water was abundant that they just leave the faucets open and everyone can freely get water for daily use and even drink from it.if there was something which we didn't notice, it was those graves just along the cemented walkway. at some instance, one can actually step over it. but as we stayed there on the third day, we became more familiar to the village.
it was just in 2005 when the village was connected with electricity. but despite the village rusticity and isolation, several houses has satellite dish. disconnected from the web world but is in tune with the world's happenings through the television. with this, i expect the village to evolve in years time but with the hope that they will still embrace the culture.
how to get there:
via Banaue-Bontoc:
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. jeepney travel time is 4hours.
via Tabuk:
take a bus (Victory) from Manila to Tabuk. regular trips to Tabuk are available everyday. mostly around 9:00pm - 11:00pm for a 13-hour roadtrip.
from Tabuk, a jeepney that has an irregular schedule to Tinglayan. usually trips are in the morning. you can also take bus trips to Bontoc which will pass by Tinglayan. road trip will take about 3hours (with 2hours paved highway and about an hour of roads under development).

escape factor:
accessibility: 2.5
isolation: 4.5
rural village: 4.0
immersion experience: 4.5
overall: 4.0

22 comments:

Traveling Hawk said...

Interesting place! The pig race seems similar with that I have seen in India. We have other races here, in Europe. An informative post,dong ho.

Pietro said...

Interesting views indeed! Fantastic and enjoyable nature. The church is so nice and unusual.

Theonoski said...

the place is indeed blessed with natural resources. the free overflowing water from the faucet can attest to that.

Reena said...

i like to have pigs as pets! may nakita ako na mini-pig sa los banos the other week. they're cute!!! sayang yung tubig. hehe. hindi ko mahanap yung ribbon sa tree. creepy yung niche within the village. akala ko they send their dead hanging in mountains?

tim said...

Alam mo, di ko talaga alam anung trabaho mo, pumupunta ka sa malalayong lugar na Pinas? awesome..

alicesg said...

Very interesting place that you visited. Those black pigs looked cute. Nice that they have clean water.

SandyCarlson said...

Looks like a wonderful place in so many ways.

wanderingcommuter said...

san ka nagstay? sa sleeping beauty? riverside? o homestay?

dong ho said...

>Traveling hawk, i think it's a typical tropical race that we have here but there are also domesticated ones with high breed.

>Pietro, a place one can immerse.

>Theonoski, i agree and let's hope they will preserve it for the next generation.

>Reena, really? never thought of having one. the ribbon is placed on a certain day. you wont actually notice immediately the niche. the ones who hang their dead are the ones from mountain province.

>Tim, i just love traveling and still have a day job that does not require working on weekends. most of my trips are just within a weekend.

>Alicesg, nice that you find them cute because i dont. but it's fun seeing them freely roaming around the village.

>Sandy, yes it is.

>Wanderingcommutter, we stayed in Riverside Inn. a really good choice.

lakwatsera de primera said...

I really like the places you visit Dom and how you get to mingle with the locals like you're one of them and not just a tourist in transit.

Luna Miranda said...

i simply lost track of "how to get there".:p how many hours exactly did you travel to reach this town? i read that pigs are smarter than dogs...so they must know where their home is.:p i always smile when i see satellite dish in remote areas--they don't live in isolation, after all.

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

haha mukhang pati kasuluksulukan ng mga kabahayan eh na-explore mu! Nice! cnt wait for the tat photos! grabe ka tlga mambitin! :D

tina said...

Black pigs as pets are interesting. Bilib talaga ako sa resistensiya mu sa biyahe Dom :)

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

Kulit naman nung mga baboy, parang mga aso nga lang hehe

Kung may askals sa Maynila, meron naman bakals sa Kalinga hehe

SunnyToast said...

This is one of the places I guess wre u will realize wre bless and appreciate how other people can live in simple ways.


Awesome! following you now:)

pusang kalye said...

kakatuwa yung mga black pigs--kinda creepy pag gabi tas pagala gala sila.hahaha. me mga nag-aalaga pa pala ng mga ganyang breed.cool

Raft3r said...

ang daming babi (pigs)
sarap!
hehe

Borneo Falcon said...

In my place, those pigs are called wild boar

nuts said...

pano mo nararating at nadidiscover ganitong lugar? galing!! me ganito sa Pinas? yung black skinned pigs, as in pagala gala lang? meron pa talaga niyan? kaiba ang adventure mo, isa kang tunay na eskapo hehe..

witsandnuts said...

I was wide awake reading each detail of this post. Sobrang interesting! Lalo na yung tungkol sa mga graveyards sa daan. Did you get to pass by the town's cemetery? I wonder how it looks like. Yung sa neighbor towns kasi sa amin, nasa mismong bundok talaga kaya layered ang positioning ng mga nitso.

Tripper10 : Tripsiders said...

Hello po...

Napaka Informative po ng Post nyo... dami ko nalaman...

Thanks po...

Anonymous said...

sir, if your from tuguegarao coming from the airport, how do i get to tinglayan! thanks po.

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