Holy Week 2014: Sagada Tour

April 16 – 19, 2014; Banaue – Sagada – Benguet

Now that the year is soon to be over, I finally found time to blog about my 2014 adventures. I know that these might not be glamorous like the others but these adventures made me see myself and how life should be despite of the challenges, sadness and all negativity. Amen!
Banaue – Sagada -Benguet tour could be one of the most unforgettable trip I had in my entire life. I spent it with awesome friends and of course my bestfriend included. This trip was meant to be enjoyed and somehow forget – nature is indeed the best answer and a remedy to cure a broken heart! Hahaha! It made me realized that there was more to life than visions of how things you want them to be. Because somehow, what we want is not always what we need. You just have to take it all in!
We left Quezon City around 6:00 or 7:00PM then on with the road. The travel lasted for 16 hours, stops included. Then the next day, we dropped by in Banaue to see the Rice Terraces. It was kinda foggy because it rained; the weather was so nice though roads were kind of slippery. 
Anne, Rara and I (Photo by Carlo)

Right after Banaue, we went straight to Sagada. It was the main destination for the trip and I tell you what, Sagada is really really beautiful. It felt like a dream! The people were nice and very accommodating; the weather was colder than Baguio and everything felt like a scene from a certain movie. We went caving (until our bodies ache), went trekking (more sore came up) and went to see the Hanging Coffins. Sagada is actually rich in tradition, and it was good to know that they still keep those traditions up until today.

What a wonderful way to repent, enjoy and seek adventure last Holy Week. 
Day 1:


View from our Hotel! Who wouldn’t love to see that kind of beauty everyday?

I remember he asked me if we can have a picture together because he was wearing a Banaue/Sagada traditional wear and followed it through by telling me that he was not charging or looking for a payment. He was nice! He told us that he just want us to have a memorable vacation even if it is just in a photo because he can’t give us anything as a souvenir.

My faith in humanity was restored. That was one of the main reasons why our Sagada tour was so memorable to me. I don’t need any souvenir, His kindness and hospitality were more than enough. 

On our way to do some caving. We didn’t know what body soreness was coming up! Hahaha!
To Sumaging Cave

On the way to Sumaging Cave

Coffins inside Sumaging Cave – not us! The ones behind! 
The Cave Adventure begins!

Stop over!
Going through holes!
Finally! We spent almost 5 hours to reach the end of the Cave. 

All wet and tired but happy! We made it!

Day 2:

Trekking all the way to Bomod-ok Falls with our van mates!

Trekking with out resident tourist guide who seemed to be 50+ years old but treks way better than us!

See that way?

It was 12 noon, the sun was up but it was so cold in Sagada

With the bff!

Glimpse of how the water in Sagada was like. The falls supplies the water in Sagada!

Hanging bridge all the way to the other side of the world! Hahaha!

Happy looking people!
Finally! The Bomod-ok Falls!
Hanging Coffins! Traditionally, they used to bury their their dead loved ones and hang their coffins on the cave. The higher the position of the coffin, the higher their place or rank in the society.
Up until now, others still practice this kind of burial to preseve their tradition.
After trekking and Hanging Coffins spree at the Sagada Lemon Pie House
It’s the famous Lemon Pie!

Day 3:

Highest Point at Kiltepan Viewpoint! It was so foggy!
Carlo, Anne, Me and Rara at Kiltepan Viewpoint

Adventure is out there!

Author: shainnehostalero

Shainne Hostalero, MDC is a social entrepreneur (owner and founder of Happy Shift PH), a communication scholar, and a writer.

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