Travel Tales: Sagada

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Last February, during the Papal Visit, we decided that the best way to spend the long weekend was to go visit Sagada. I’ve never been to Sagada before and I have always wanted to go. And the long weekend was the perfect opportunity for that. Because of work, Liezl and Joewa had a one day headstart. They left Manila 8PM on a Wednesday, arrived Banaue Thursday morning and got to visit the famous Rice Terraces. I left on Thursday at around 4AM, my route was from Pasay to Baguio, then Baguio to Sagada. From Manila to Baguio, it will take 5-6 hours, and then another 6 hours to Sagada. I didn’t mind the bus ride, I was asleep most of the time, or just in awe seeing the clouds on the same level with the mountain.

Well, truth be told we didn’t really went out for a lot of sightseeing activities when we were there. We had dinner on our first night, went out for a few drinks with new friends we met while traveling and then slept.

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mt kiltepan

The next day, we woke up early to go to the famous Kiltepan View Point, where you can see the beautiful sunrise. But, since it was February, the weather didn’t really cooperate. I think January-February is considered their coldest months so we only saw clouds, nothing else. But the experience is still worth it.

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So after the early morning “medyo fail” view, we went to their local street market and found these! A lot of the locals sell their goods for very low prices,so you know you’re getting your money’s worth.

After the market, we went to Bomod-Ok Waterfalls. To go to the site, you need to get your own guide, who will lead the way down to the waterfalls.

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It would take around 30-40 minutes to get to the falls, depending on how many times your group will decide to stop to rest, or take pictures. 🙂 The great thing here is that you have the opportunity to see the great view of the rice terraces. They say the best time to visit the place is form June to August, when the fields are super green.

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Make sure you have extra clothes with you in case you have plans of going for a dip. Since it was sooo cold, as in, super duper cold, we just decided to take pictures, hehehe. But, there were still a lot of people who went for a swim. Here’s a true funny story. On our way back, we saw thick, black smoke coming from one of the houses from the mountain. Apparently, there’s this husband who didn’t want his wife to go work, and threatened to burn their house if she leaves him. The wife still left, and so the husband decided to burn the house. Caloca diba! Hahaha. It was so old school that there were no water hoses for the fire. The folks literally passed one bucket after the other, with the help of the other tourists as well. Good thing the fire was put out.

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Because it was already early afternoon and it wouldn’t make sense to do the Cave Connection, we decided to just chill and relax and enjoy the place.

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So we went to one of the local coffee shops after lunch, chilled some more and when we got bored, decided to go the town’s church.

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Since we didn’t really have any itinerary, we just strolled around the area and I think we entered all of the souvenir shops there, hehehe. My most favorite part of this trip is really the doing nothing part, not worrying about anything, not having to check if we still have time to do the next activity, sobrang saya! We were literally just people watching after dinner since it was too early for bed, and it was fun!

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The next day, we had to wake up early and catch the bus going back to Baguio. But, seems like it was everyone’s plan as well. So we just took a ride going to Bontoc (about 30 minutes) and took a bus to Baguio from there. The trip will take another 4-5 hours. But, the great thing about it is that you can again see the clouds and touch them from the bus window!!! Yeah, let’s pretend we can actually touch clouds okay? Hehehe!

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We arrived Baguio at about 3 or 4 in the afternoon, had a late lunch, met up with our lovely couple friends staying at The Manor for the weekend before heading back home. The trip back to Manila will take another 5-6 hours, so of course, there’s nothing better to do than sleep. Besides, we made plans of seeing Pope Francis the next day, his last day in the country (that’s another story, heehee).

I would love to go back, because I know I haven’t even scratched the surface of how beautiful Sagada is. Time to wait for another long weekend. 🙂

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