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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Magical Sagada: A Whole New World

photo credit: Rosalie Torres

Last month, I took a 12-hour bus ride to Sagada, Mountain Province with my boyfriend and his family for his sister's birthday. I felt like I had been transported to a different dimension! Here are some of the highlights of our trip, though no photo can do justice to the beauty of the place.


We hopped on a Cable Tours bus that took us from Manila to Bontoc, where we transferred to a jeepney to Sagada. I was very comfortable on the bus because the seats were farther apart than those in other buses like Victory Liner. The jeepney ride, on the other hand, was full to the brim! The boys joined the passengers sitting on the roof, which allowed them to enjoy the scenery as we drove around the cliffs. The photo above is the view from my window--with a kid's feet dangling from the top of the jeep. That must've been an adventure in itself!

Hanging Coffins

It was my first time to go trekking, so it was a good thing our tour began with short visits to the Lumiang Burial Cave and Echo Valley, where we got to see the Hanging Coffins from a distance. It was an eerily beautiful sight.


photo credit: Erwin Tibayan

The following day, I almost missed out on the Sumaguing Cave spelunking experience! I thought I wouldn't be able to survive due to my incredibly weak physical skills, but my friends convinced me to join and helped me every step, jump and slide of the way! I really can't thank them enough!



photo credit: Rosalie Torres/Kirky Awingan

For me, the most breathtaking place in Sagada was the Bomod-ok Falls. We crossed a vast trail of rice terraces, another amazing view. It took us about two hours to get there because of Little Miss Slowpoke (read: ME) but it was well worth the long trek.


Bomod-ok Falls

Seeing the falls up close was magical, even dreamlike. I didn't want to wake up!

photo credit: Rosalie Torres/Kirky Awingan/Erwin Tibayan

If I wasn't holding on to a rock, I was clinging to my Superboyfriend or our Superguide Kuya Kirky for dear life! If you're planning to go to Sagada, I highly recommend the Sagada Genuine Guides Association, which Kirky Awingan is a part of. Aside from facts and trivia about Sagada, he gave me advice on how to use my feet properly because I kept spraining my toes. The spelunking/trekking/walking lessons I got were some of the most valuable ones I've ever received!

Stay beautiful, Sagada. We'll be back.


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