when we reached Poblacion of Tinglayan, two backpackers approached us and asked "do you know if there's something nice to see in this town?". they did not seem to be lost but like us, we were there just to be there. "not really sure. we just wanted to see the last few remaining women with native Filipino tatoos" i replied.they thought for a moment "okay. maybe we'll just have to check out the next town" and they left. from Poblacion, the view of the town actually seemed like there was really not much to see. we crossed the long foot bridge that led us to Luplupa village to find the place recommended in the Lonely Planet guide.the next day, woke up and decided to start trekking to the village next to Luplupa. we just followed the paved road which led us to an arc that says "Welcome to Old Tinglayan" that led to more steps up with terraced paddies on both sides.as we continued to ascend, the view was relaxing. we were actually walking along side Kalinga's beautiful mountain range while on the other side of the river was a view of Poblacion. we reached the village of Old Tinglayan greeting people along the way. most houses has raised floors as they place their crop tools and woods below it. we just passed by the village and continued our way. this time crossing more paddies but we had two options, to continue to cross paddies or to go down the Chico river and follow it along side.
we decided to take the latter which led us down to a beautiful serene view of the river. just across the river was Tinglayan's big church. view was fantastic with fogs over mountains on our side.
rocks were gigantic and the river almost serene. not as how it would be during the rainy days where this very site is actually the jump off to the famous Chico River white water rafting. the rocks were stepping were actually the rocks that formed the rapids.we ended our trek there and felt like trekking has always been one of the best activity in this town. it is only when you decide to explore, then can you find things as beautiful as this.