Sagada Finally

So then, like what I’ve said from my Banaue Experience, we headed to Sagada early morning. It’s 4am and we already getting ready to catch up 5am bus going to Benguet pero 7am na wala paring ung bus. A van driver offered us getting to Sagada at 2k. Hmmnn, so go na kami maka alis lang. Before that, we checked Kenji at his place (The Japanese solo traveler) if he has plans going Sagada and he decided to come with us. So 5 of us rented the van straight to Sagada.





The view while we are on our way is breathtaking. Wala na ako nasabi kung hindi Wow. For first timers, now I realized bakit ang daming pumupunta ng Sagada. Ang linis, ang sarap ng hangin, ang ganda. Basta. It’s so green and artistic. Parang artwork lahat ng pananim. Pati damo may flowers. It’s really a place that you can be proud of.





Town of Benguet. Hindi na kami nakababa dito so hanggang tanaw nalang, we are almost there.

First glimpse of Sagada.

Parang Sims lang, really a small community. Then I remember the map I saw from the net. Ganung ganun siya, the place is quiet and serene. We stayed at George annex kasi full na ung sa main. Kenji was able to find a place to stay in George annex. Afterwards, we headed immediately to SAGGAS to coordinate the tour. Kenji decided to take his rest.






We eat first and then get ready to start the tour. We met Kehvin our tour guide and Raffy,the doggie tour guide. Kehvin told us that Raffy really get along with the tourists. Sumasama daw talaga siya. And maybe because he felt that we really like him the first time we saw him sumama si Raffy sa Echo valley tour namin. Raffy seems very popular, sayang hindi naming na meet yung owner niya.



Leftmost is Kehvin, our tour guide in Sagada. He was able to share Sagada's cultures and practices. And a good photographer.




On our way to Echo Valley, we saw the Church bell and the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, a vibrant Episcopal parish. We were able to attend mass and wonder why it’s a bit strange, after researching back home, that’s the time we realized the meaning of “Episcopal”. It has similar approach but a lot different in Catholic Church in some aspects. Di kasi nag babasa. Hehe!



The piece of wood act as a candle.




Raffy was making sure we are on the right track. Medyo out of focus ako that day kasi I want Raffy to go back, anlayo kaya so feeling ko nag eeffort lang siya. Haha! Going back, It's Echo valley because you'll hear echos when you shout. Sarap sumigaw ng sumigaw kaso I felt disturbing the quietness of the place.






Finally at the Hanging Coffin, it’s weird to see but then after Kehvin discussed the reason why it was there and how it was brought there by the locals, I was amazed. Kehvin told that elders believe that it would be easier for the souls to get to heaven being hanged on these rocks so it would be near, than buried down.




Tired, not yet. After Echo valley Tour we headed to give Cave Connection a shot. Another must try in Sagada. We get ready and headed to Lumiang Burial Cave, Kehvin brought another tour guide to assist us then our spelunking adventure begins.

To be visible on my next post. :)

9 comments:

Batang Lakwatsero said...

ayos! buti pa kayo may bonus na Raffy. mukhang nag-enjoy nga kayo.. sayang hindi nyo na naabutan yung panag-apoy.

Tripper10 : Tripsiders said...

Wow.. Kainggit naman po kayo... :)
Hope next year.. matuloy na kami sa Sagada..

Sendo said...
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Sendo said...

wow! very nice! dream trip/route ko talaga baguio-banaue/bontoc-sagada. travel list ko un next year yey hehe. hanep photos. looks like u enjoyed this trip! ^^

Untied Escape said...

@ Batang Lakwatsero - Korek, tinapay lang bayad sa pag tour ni Raffy sa amin. Binili namin ng isang bag ng tinapay. :p Sana makabalik ulit soon pero di ko ata kaya un mag solo sa Echo valley bka maligaw ako.

@ Tripsiders - Tagalan nyo stay nyo para mas sulit.

@ Sendo - Yeah enjoy talaga. Share it agad pag nakapunta na kayo ha! :)

anney said...

Sa view pa lang papunta sulit na. I'm having a second thought sa pagpunta ng sagada sa april kasi ang daming tao. Nakita ko yung pictures sa website ng SGGAs pag peak season naku punung puno ang cave! hahaha! Bahala na kung kelan makapunta basta gusto ko pumunta dyan.

Chyng said...

that's the famous terraces from banaue to sagada. nice lush green terraces!

taray, all in one day ang echo valley + cave connection. abangan ko yan!

♥ the dog!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

LOL @ "Sims". Sagada is indeed a quaint town. It's where I was bitten by the travel bug a decade ago :)

Untied Escape said...

@ Anney - Nung nag cave kami sobrang na appreciate ko kasi kami nalang ata naiwan dun. No pressure. Pero siguro mas makaka gala kami kung mas good yung weather.

@ Chyng - Oo nga all in one day talaga, bitin na sa araw eh. Di ko maimagine na kinaya ko.

@ Gay - Hehe, na adik kasi ako sa Sims nun, and yes parang ayoko na umalis but I want to see more pa, super laid back town. Ganda.

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