In 2010, we tag along with my brother in visiting Mountain Province. His wife is a full-blooded Igorot. They met in Taiwan (they’ve worked as factory workers there back in 1996). Due to the distance of travel, it’s very seldom that my sister-in-law went home to visit. Kids, business, many hours of travel…are but few reasons for missing out her province.
Mountain Province as suggested by its name is roughly 80% mountainous. Hence the weather is cold and precipitation is high. The extreme weather makes a flourishing industry for planting vegetable crops.
And, thanks to the Halsema Highway that connects Baguio City to as far as Bontoc town. The highway paved the way for tourists to wander and marvel the caves, waterfalls, and limestone cliffs in the area. Most notable places of attraction were in Sagada town. One among the northernmost town of Mountain Province.
Tourists have been flocking to Sagada for its amazing underground caves. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get decent shots of our trek to Sagada caves as the lone gadget we have that time is a camera phone .
Another reason why Sagada is very popular are the hanging coffins in Echo valley. Below are my two decent shots of the limestone formations in the place. Seeing this place made me compare the place to Stonehenge in England, one of UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Same as in Stonehenge, the limestone formation seems arranged in semi-circular forms and is used as burial site of some minorities. It is believed that some coffins have been there centuries ago.
For a clearer shot of the hanging coffins, I took the liberty to grab this photo on the web.
For those planning to travel to Sagada, I suggest to go visit from the months of February to April. It’s when the rains are a little scarce. But, not completely, as my sister-in-law’s town of Bauko seems to drench in rain almost everyday.