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Trip to the Philippines: Behind the thick fog!

Updated on September 29, 2016

Some information about the province from wiki:

Mountain Province in the Philippines formerly known as La Montañosa in the Spanish time is one of seven provinces in the Cordillera Administrative Region. It is divided into 10 municipalities and 144 barangays. Capital of the province is Bontoc.

Land Area: 229, 231 (83% mountainous, 77% forest lands, and 10% devoted to agriculture)

Central and western portions: towering peaks & sharp ridges

Eastern parts: gradual slopes & rolling foothills

Climate: cool in the higher elevated municipalities like Sagada; prevalently warm in the lower elevated municipalities like Bontoc

Seasons: dry (November- April) and wet (May – October)

Activities: hiking, spelunking, site-seeing and a lot more!

Language: Ilocano, Tagalog, Kankanaey, English

Festival: Lang-ay (a generic term in the province which means to eat food and drink native wine in fellowship with family, relatives, friends, and community folks).

Source: http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Mountain_Province

This is the view outside the bus window.  I know something is hiding in this thick fog...
This is the view outside the bus window. I know something is hiding in this thick fog...

Start of the long and cold journey...

Important note:

  • Bring a blanket aside from the jacket for extra warm and comfort esp. if you will be travelling at night.
  • Avoid those unnecessary things like big gadgets and over-sized bags/pillows so you can seat comfortably.
  • Be alert and sit properly otherwise you can end up getting big bruises because of hitting things around you (even the head of your seat mate) due to the bumpy road.

After 6-8 hours of travelling from Manila, finally we arrived at Baguio City. From there, we headed straight to the terminal going to Bontoc, Mountain Province. After a moment of trying to adapt in the cold weather...wohh! Literally we are in heaven! The road was foggy and I can barely see what's behind. The trip was tough and tricky, it was like a roller coaster ride. I want to give applause to the driver/s, I salute them for their driving skill, they're indeed experts.

I'm not sure how many more minutes had gone by...

But These Picturesque Mountains Woke Me Up!

Great views are hidden behind the the thick clouds.
Great views are hidden behind the the thick clouds.
A very relaxing scene to feast on.
A very relaxing scene to feast on.
It is okay to to travel more if the view is like this.
It is okay to to travel more if the view is like this.

Witnessing the mix traditional and modern style wedding in Capinitan is such an honor while the tour around Sagada is a must. The spectacular views outside the window is one of the highlights of the road trip. Our eyes are craving for more but after the long journey, I know from within that despite the difficulties, fulfillment will follow and is just waiting to be recognized.

My 'camera' is begging me to press the shutter button to capture as many shots as possible. Coordination of hands and feet is of great importance, you need to tighten the grip while in the "roller coaster" and produce nice shots as much as you could. It was breathtaking but trust me, everything will be worth it at the end.

Terraces of vegetables is almost everywhere

Building this kind of terraces for planting vegetables is normal in the place. There's a lot of spectacular man-made terraces in the whole province aside from the world famous Banaue Rice Terraces.
Building this kind of terraces for planting vegetables is normal in the place. There's a lot of spectacular man-made terraces in the whole province aside from the world famous Banaue Rice Terraces.
The climate is good for different vegetables like broccoli and lettuce...
The climate is good for different vegetables like broccoli and lettuce...

Some photos of Sagada Church

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Old Sagada church
Old Sagada church
Old Sagada church

Other interesting things:

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The very cute "grain" bearer in his traditional suit  as part of the wedding entourage. Traditional dress of the Ifugao with vibrant colors.Rice grains to be used in the wedding ceremony.Typical house in the Capinitan, Mountain Province.
The very cute "grain" bearer in his traditional suit  as part of the wedding entourage.
The very cute "grain" bearer in his traditional suit as part of the wedding entourage.
Traditional dress of the Ifugao with vibrant colors.
Traditional dress of the Ifugao with vibrant colors.
Rice grains to be used in the wedding ceremony.
Rice grains to be used in the wedding ceremony.
Typical house in the Capinitan, Mountain Province.
Typical house in the Capinitan, Mountain Province.

Exploring places you've never been to can give a fire inside waiting to be unleashed, a desire to change something within you after the lessons you've learned and fresh ideas you've got. And the reward? - A sense of fulfillment!

I may not be able to describe everything vividly in just one blow but the memories of the trip will never be erased easily, even if it takes a long time. Kind people along the road can influence the attitude and become part of the lifetime memories. They will seek the emotions and flashbacks will start unintentionally.

Indeed there's "something great" behind any adventure.

Just enjoy and always pray for a safe trip! ^_^


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    • pinkhawk profile imageAUTHOR

      pinkhawk 

      6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      @blaiddgoch- the wonderful views will be waiting for you! Thank you very much for the comment...have a safe trip! ^_^

      @den- nature is indeed a priceless gift...thanks for appreciating! ^_^

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      den 

      6 years ago

      i love nature,,, such a beautiful place, very relaxing ...

    • blaiddgoch profile image

      blaiddgoch 

      6 years ago from Wales

      Cool! I'm planning a trip to the Philippines next year and will be putting Mountain Province on the list of must go places looks amazing! great hub!!

    • pinkhawk profile imageAUTHOR

      pinkhawk 

      6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      @rLcasaLme- thank you so much for appreciating this! ^_^

      @Mhatter99- Sir thank you also for seeing this..^_^

    • pinkhawk profile imageAUTHOR

      pinkhawk 

      6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      @ellebyam- thank you also for sharing your experience, the environment for me is really good, away from too much pollution...^_^! Have a nice day! ^_^

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this picturesque report

    • rLcasaLme profile image

      rLcasaLme 

      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      You've really made a good document of this beautiful place. Nice photos too. I'm voting this up.

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      ellebyam 

      6 years ago from North and South Poles

      Been to Sagada and Bontoc a couple of times in the early 70's. The "bumpy" road trip back then made me "not want" to go back to civilization... and indeed the lovely rural life and scenery would entice anyone to stay there forever... nice hub... thanks for sharing.

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