Sagada: Second Look

by Enzo Tacadao

There are moments of bumper-to-bumper traffic from time to time, and there are more stores and inns now — two of my observations when I visited Sagada for the second time last weekend. Beautiful, genuinely beautiful, nonetheless.

Falling in love with and studying in Baguio for more than three years, the Cordillera has a special place in my heart. Sagada, being the way more laid-back and relaxed version of Baguio, is extremely easy to embrace.

When Rose and I visited Sagada in 2010, we only managed to visit few spots: Echo Valley, Hanging Coffins, and Bokong Falls. Additionally, we were able to visit the neighboring town of Bontoc (we were short in cash and Sagada’s lone ATM that time was offline, so we had to wake up around 5:00 AM to catch a 45-minute jeepney ride to Bontoc just to withdraw money). In short, we missed some of the popular spots.

Last weekend, we toured Bomod-Ok Falls, and Lumiang and Sumaguing caves (Cave Connection) — the missing links to our 2010 trip. The trek to Bomod-Ok Falls was quite special because of the falls’ cold water and whiplash, plus its magnificent posture. The spelunking experience in Cave Connection was both sweet and tiring. We were able to finish the Connection for less than five hours. I’m stoked that no one got hurt since the Connection has a history of fatal accidents in the past.

The trip fanned my ideas to explore more the Cordillera, something  I failed to do when I was still a university student in Baguio. Hopefully, Rose and I can visit Ifugao or even Kalinga in the next few months.

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Bomod-Ok Falls

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Sunrise at Kiltepan.

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Sunrise at Kiltepan.

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Sagada town proper.

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Kiltepan at dawn.

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Banaue, Mt. Province.

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Bomod-Ok Falls.

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Bomod-Ok Falls.

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View from Kiltepan viewpoint.

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Banaue, Mt. Province.

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Hanging Coffins.

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Church of Saint Mary the Virgin.

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Church of Saint Mary the Virgin

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Log Cabin buffet dinner.

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Bomod-Ok Falls.

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Boodle fight after our trek to Bomod-Ok Falls.

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