SAGADA, Philippines – Experience North

My friends and I planned for another vacation this year and we decided to conquer SAGADA 😊. Since we will going to have a long holiday vacation on November we figure it out that this is the best time to visit it. (I agree because I never been in SAGADA. It always been a dream for me to visit that place, I only saw it in a documentary program in GMA 7 before, i think that is iwitness.) So here it goes they booked a package tour @ PARANA tours for 3,200 petot per head for 3Days/2nights of stay) .

Watching Sagada’s awesome sunrise!

All of us were really excited for the long road trip via a small opps big van. A very long butt-aching ride before we reached our final destination lol :P. Good thing we had some several stop- over to discharge, refill our stomach and empty our bladders *wink. Tip: You have to prepare (5) five peso coin to be able to use a comfort room or else “sa bukid walang papel” hahaha

I love Sagada so much, the moment I laid my eyes on its magnificent scenery I can say it is indeed beautiful… I know in my heart it is a paradise 🙂

We arrived arrived in Sagada late in the morning due to some circumstances we had in NLEX. We consumed too much time travelling that somewhat affect our itinerary. Everything is changed and re-arranged *lol. After our AG-TANG (agahan con tanghalian in a small restaurant) hahaha we just freshened ourselves and head as fast as we can to our guest house. Settling our things in our respective rooms, changed clothes and then off to go. We are so in rush in everything just to make sure that we are on the right track.. 😛 hahaha first stop: Hanging Coffins.

As we head off to our first stop which is Echo valley, We passed through this church St. Mary the Virgin Church and St. Mary’s cemetery. Passing through the cemetery gives me some eerie feeling hahaha kaba much eh (takut kasi ako sa sementeryo lalo na sa probinsya :().

way that leads to the hanging coffins / CEMETERY
Our group @ St. Mary the Virgin church

St. Mary’s church was built in year 1904 by American Missionaries and it was founded to spread the Christian faith in Sagada. If you walk at the ground you can see the green hill behind the church and the old bell on display. To see the hanging coffins really closer you’ll need to trek 20-30 minutes mabilis na siguro ang 20 minutes kung mabilis kang maglakad hehehe by the time we went there is almost sunset sobrang kuha lng kami ng photos and after that balik ulit sa main point. (katakot abutan ng dilim)

making fun of my friend while hiking

Hanging coffins are coffins which have been placed on lime stones cliff pretty amazing right?. Some people say there are hundreds of them in Sagada and some of those coffins is more than a century year old. The tourist guide said that the latest coffins was just added last 2010 and people believed that when a loved one dies the corpse should be hanged in a place higher than the ground so that their spirit would be free. You will notice also some coffins that are shorter than the usual sized coffins nowadays. I heard the guide said that upon death the corpses were positioned like an infant in a mother’s womb that’s why it looks like small. When I saw it closely I’am truly blessed. I was amazed how they brought it up there and hang on the cliff as high as hundred feet or more.

A century old coffins hang on the cliff are still intact despite the years and harsh weather, really amazing!.
 

creepy* but still, it’s part of our history. 

Life in Sagada is easy, simple and healthy. With fresh air, fresh food and clean greenly community. It’s not hard to fall in love by the warmth and charming hospitality of Sagada  people. I noticed nga they mostly spoke English pa ah even kids on the street  spoke english better than talagalog or Ilocano diba 😉 maybe because of foreign tourist contribute more to enhance their communication skills 😊 ang galing!!

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