Friday, May 6, 2011

to old tinglayan and the chico river

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.

39 comments:

Photo Cache said...

this is so beautiful. i like the last image the best. the landscape is spectacular.

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc, said...

ang haba ng lakaran... grabe ang ganda ng mga bato sa may river astig...

tina said...

Nice shots as always Dominic! :)

Theonoski said...

don't you just love the rock formations in chico river? amazing no?

Chyng said...

"it is only when you decide to explore, then can you find beautiful things.." Amen!
Cant agree more. Going beyond the usual brings above average experiences.
San ka naman this weekend? =)

dong ho said...

Photocache, is indeed spectacular. i just wish i can post all the photos.

Axl, amazing how nature works.

Tina, thanks! see you soon.

Theo, yes. sometimes unbelievable how they were formed.

Chyng, "Going beyond the usual brings above average experiences" can agree more. this weekend... you might find it funny. to splash island.

Rizalenio said...

I first heard about them (our ninuno with tattoos) in GMA documentary. Kara David featured them. Did you see them? Matindi pala yung proseso ng pagtatattoo noong araw. Nakakakilabot.

Love all the photos esp the last one. Iniisip ko kung saan ka nakapwesto sa last shot mo. Hmmm. :)

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

amazing adventuire! i wish I was here when you guys went there para d na ako tinatamad magpunta jan. hehe kelan kaya ako matutuloy jan, cguro kapag handa na ako magpa-tat! hehe

Pietro said...

I like that thrilling nature, great views indeed, I enjoy them very much!

Pretty Pauline said...

~SWOON!~ Breathtaking pictures!!!! I am really, really enjoying your account and beautiful photos. *THANK YOU!*

Bonzenti [Con Tour] said...

We always appreciate things and say that they are beautiful when we realized that we are done exploring. Especially the experience that we been through. Galing pa rin ng pulso dong ano?

tim said...

San ka ba nag susuot? Ang lalayo nitong mga lugar mo ah.. hehehehe

SandyCarlson said...

I really like that first shot. Those faces are captivating. Everything about the place is pure magic.

Batang Lakwatsero said...

ganda ng views.. I want to see the brave kalinga women too..

SkippyHeart said...

ganda naman...sarap siguro maligo dyan sa batis! :D

Reena said...

bakit chico river? madami bang chico?

alicesg said...

Lovely journey you all had there. Seems to have a lot of walking to be done.

gillboard said...

i wonder how this river would look like during the rainy season. i bet it might look grand.

lakwatsera de primera said...

Ito ba yung tattoo nung mga babae sa tribo ng Mt. Province sa bandang braso nila, may nakita rin kasi akong matanda habang nagtitrek sa Maligcong Rice Terraces. Napaka-intricate nung design tapos meron pa syang head ornament gawa sa buto ng ahas.

Giselle said...

amazing photos! :)

Raft3r said...

life is so simple there
ang ganda

pamatayhomesick said...

pards, napadaan ulit.. namiss ko ang blog mo...yung hulian picture, gustong gusto ko yung shot..on point perspective view..

p.s.
pakiss nga pards.. ha ha ha

Traveling Hawk said...

Beautiful! I like especially the photos of those rocks!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

Would love to do hiking here!

wanderingcommuter said...

the last woman who does batok is already passing her craft to her grand daughter... i find it very interesting to imagine this transition and the pressure put on the girl.

tinglayan has always been close to my heart though not a native, but looking at the sleeping beauty mountain always makes me wanna go back...

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

There just to be there, astig

Bengbeng said...

i would love to take pics in a place like this... i am not really into cities n stuff. in cities i tend to cocentrate on people pics instead

mordsith said...

i like the last shot! aren't we the little ones cradled by nature?

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Interesting quest on finding the "last few remaining women with native Filipino tatoos". Hope you found them - or is this coming up on your next post?

pusang kalye said...

grabeh--off the beaten path kung off the beaten talaga. and yang mga rock formations na ganyan---di na napapansin yan ng karamihan. pero if you look into the details mamamangha ka talaga. yung sa photo ng bahay--ang classic--tas me grainy effect pa to match it.:D

pusang kalye said...

grabeh--off the beaten path kung off the beaten talaga. and yang mga rock formations na ganyan---di na napapansin yan ng karamihan. pero if you look into the details mamamangha ka talaga. yung sa photo ng bahay--ang classic--tas me grainy effect pa to match it.:D

pusang kalye said...

grabeh--off the beaten path kung off the beaten talaga. and yang mga rock formations na ganyan---di na napapansin yan ng karamihan. pero if you look into the details mamamangha ka talaga. yung sa photo ng bahay--ang classic--tas me grainy effect pa to match it.:D

witsandnuts said...

A challenging walk. I liked that the first and the last photos used in the photos were the most appealing to me. It speaks a lot about Chico river and its people.

docgelo said...

serenity yells from your photos, dom! i like the first and the last photos. i am sure you also do!

sheng said...

There is a lot more to see! I hope the two backpackers you met were as lucky as you to see this nice site!

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Raft3r said...

ang ganda ng unang picture
parang ang daming pwedeng kwento sa litratong yon

juandelacruz said...

okz se redmob

love the tattoo pics..

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