Trip to the Philippines: Behind the thick fog!
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).
Start of the long and cold journey...
- 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!
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
Some photos of Sagada ChurchClick thumbnail to view full-size
Other interesting things:Click thumbnail to view full-size
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! ^_^