dong ho: pastor, good evening. balak po naming pumunta sa Imugan. pwede po ba namin malaman kung saan pwede tumira? thank you.
pastor: sino toy?
dong ho: Dominic po. gusto po namin i-feature ang Imugan sa blog.
pastor: ok. when?
dong ho: this weekend.
pastor: ok po.
dong ho: ano po oras yung earliest trip?
dong ho: may trip din po kaya sa Oct 31?
pastor: of course.
dong ho: ok. thank you. see you.
that was the text exchange i had few days before our trip to Imugan with the pastor who we coordinated for our stay there. since he just arrived from a convention in Thailand we only had the afternoon the next day to visit him.
we waited for him to come out of the door and i was surprised when i saw a foreigner coming out of the house to meet us. "good afternoon pastor" i greeted. "i thought you were a Filipino" he looked at me and smiled "of course i am". pastor has been living and serving the people of Imugan even long before i was born.
we had a long chat about Imugan and its people and how the 1990 earthquake changed the community. pastor was not just involved in the activities of Imugan but actually lead in activities related to sustaining upland communities around the Philippines.
but what struck me the most was when i asked him "what made you stay in the Philippines this long particularly in this small village of Imugan? quickly he replied "i love the people". years back, the missionaries in the Philippines was requested to return to the US. pastor had the option but he chose to remain. all for the love of God and serving the people.
Land Altitude: 900MASL
Municipality: Sta Fe
Province: Nueva Vizcaya
Region: Cagayan Valley Region (Region II)
Distance from Manila: 222km
16' 10'' 20 N
120' 55'' 10 E
How to get there: Manila to Sta Fe (5-6hours):
There are several option to reach the town of Sta Fe, the jump off point to Imugan. Basically any of the bus going to region 2 will pass by Sta Fe. Options: Bus to Tuguegarao City, Santiago City or Banaue. Bus lines: Victory Bus Lines, Florida Bus Lines.
Note: Sta Fe is the first town of Region 2 coming from Manila. It is the town right after descending from Dalton Pass.
 From Sta Fe to Imugan (30-40minutes):
Option 1: Take the public jeepney morning that leaves 11:30am. Cost P18/head
Option 2: Take a tricycle to Imugan which is available whole day. Cost: P135/trike one way
accommodation: when you visit Imugan, you can look for ate Persia, caretaker of the Kalahan dormitory open to all guests visiting the community and the nearby village.