Monday, May 18, 2009

Travel: Sagada

Sagada is my mom's hometown. Although I grew up far from it, since I was born and raised in the province of Kalinga, this place has always been near and dear to my heart. I visit Sagada whenever I visit the Philippines, and enjoy the peace and relaxation I find in this beautiful place. The following photos were taken in the summer of 2007.

A dog relaxing

St. Mary's Church

I love how the houses were built on the side of this mountain

A view of the town

Sagada Weaving


Rice fields

Harvesting Cabbage

Hanging coffins

"Adi tako bokodan di gawis"

A carved gecko on the top lid of a wooden coffin

Lucky you live here

This was the beautiful sunrise that greeted me. At this time, I was on my way down to Bontoc to catch my bus ride to Kalinga.


  1. I like Sagada too, we went there the last time for the first time, The V. and I loved it :) we might come again next time.

  2. Toni, I have actually thought of going back to live there - life is so quiet and simple. I like it like that.

  3. I really miss Sagada. I didn't know you grew up in Kalinga. I was born in Sagada, but I spent my early years in Gobgob, Tabuk where my mom taught and my dad farmed. It was a simple life - but a most memorable one at that.

    Our family moved to Sagada for good after my dad passed away. I speak both Ilokano and Kan-kana-ey.

  4. Sagada, Yes, I've heard of Gobgob. I was born in Dagupan, Tabuk. It is a small world =).

  5. I had a friend from college who's from Sagada. If only I wasn't an impoverished student back then, I would have tagged along to see the place!

  6. Sagada is one of my dream destinations. As of now, my friends and I are planning a trip there. I was able to go to Baguio, I know I'll be in Sagada too. Someday. :)

    Oh, and I'd love to live there too. I love peace and serenity, the simple life. :)

  7. Beautiful! I really, really wish to find time to visit Sagada. My closest went there and told me that it's now one of her favorite places. Since I so envy her, she gave me a weaved traveling bag that she got from Sagada. It's with me here. =)

    I also remember the areas of Sagada (with Baguio's Ayuyang Bar) which were featured in the local movie Don't Give Up on Us.

  8. Sleepless, Maybe you can do a trip one of these days.

    Lene, That is my plan. I intend to live there after my projects are through here. I do hope your plan will work out. Keep me updated.

    Artemis, It is my favorite shot.

    Wits, Do find the time to visit when you have the chance. It's a bit far, and the travel is a bit rough, but being in the mountains is such a wonderful feeling.

  9. I wanna visit sagada too after I have watched Piolo's movie haha ;) But Im afraid of the jeeps. Scary!

  10. ganda ng PIlipinas noh?

    We'll be going to Baguio this weekend we love to visit sagada sana kaso we dont have enough time, 2 days lang ang vacay namin kasi. Hay. Hopefully soon we can visit sagada :)

  11. Dyanie, Don't take the jeeps, take the bus. Also, I think the rough road going to Sagada is part of the adventure =).

    Jeanny, Enjoy Baguio =). I hope you'll visit Sagada when time is not that constraint =).

  12. uy, taga-sagada pala mom mo kayni? lovelove that place. sooo peaceful and serene. and the veggies are sooooo fresh ;-)

  13. i want to go to sagada too. love the past pic. sooo beautiful :)

  14. my grad thesis focused on the ilis of ankileng, demang, patay and fidelisan. it's been years since i last went there! :) sagada probably changed a lot na.

  15. wow. your new lay out is very very pretty! Thank you for sharing these sagada pics. Hubby says we will visit the place soon - but warned me of a bumpy ride and a long walk. I endured Mt. Makiling so i am ready hehe. Take care and enjoy the rest of the week.Hugs!

  16. I remember Sagada so much for its classic tapuy, the morning breeze, the hanging coffins and the hospitality.:)

  17. Caryn, Yes, she's from Sagada. I am in-love with the place =).

    Upto6, I hope you'll visit when you have the chance.

    Angeli, I hope you'll get your thesis published. I'd like to read it.

    Kero, Yes, you and Manong will have a great time there. I'm sure the relatives will take good care of you.

    Fren, I'm glad you mentioned tapuy...but definitely the hospitality. It seems that whenever I go there, everyone is my cousin or

  18. I love the air and environment in Sagada..clean and green.

    I used to go there regularly during high school when my uncle was still the rector at St. Mary's church. :)

    I think recently they just had the Etag festival.