Batad

Batad is a very tiny village only accessible by foot. We started the journey to Batad in Banaue with a stop in Bangaan. After several pit stops we hopped out of our Jeepney and began trekking in the misty rain up the Batad where we were staying for the night at a local homestay. 

While the hike isn't too long (around 45 min) it was a bit slippery in the wet weather conditions so we took our time and slowly made it to Ramon's Homestay - a special place in the middle of the rice terrace amphitheater known as Batad. 

We had quite a unique experience as Ramon's sister had just recently passed away - and following the Ifugao Tribe traditions - the whole family had come from near and far to celebrate her life together in the small village. 

Our group chatted over local cuisine (and rice wine!), observed funeral traditions, and took in the stunning rice terrace surroundings of Batad. 

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Bangaan

On our way to Banaue we stopped into Bangaan to visit a local school and trek down to the tiny village in the folds of the mountains. We were welcomed onto the school grounds and watched the children in their classrooms as well as during a cultural performance which included songs, dance, and traditional tribal games. 

I loved the teeny tiny village nestled into the rice fields. With only a handful of huts and several families living together there was a feeling of simplicity and ease. Bangaan was a perfect stop on our way to the main event - the ampitheater of rice terraces in Banaue 

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Journey to Batad

One of the best ways to explore Northern Philippines is on TOP of a Jeepney! Holding on for life we zipped around the mountain side on our way to the famous rice terraces of Banaue. A bit of misty rain did't stop a few of us from jumping on top and going for an extreme ride into the hillside. 

Along the way to Banaue we passed little villages, religious statues, and shopkeepers selling their local produce and fruits. I must admit, riding on top of the Filipino Jeepney was a highlight of my time in the country! 

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The Country Side of Sagada

The little one lane village of Sagada is visited by tourists as a launching point to the surrounding country side - most specifically to see the hanging coffins. This landmark is an unusual sight - coffins nailed into boulders - an ancient tradition practiced by the Igorot Tribe in the Norther Philippines. 

We took off in the morning, and after a visit to the large cathedral like church, we headed into the jungle path towards the hanging coffins and a series of waterfalls and rice fields. After our day we relaxed with a glass of local rice wine in a small restaurant. 

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Sagada

Sagada is a lovely and remote mountain village nestled into a valley in the Northern Philippines. After leaving Baguio we hopped onto another local bus and headed further north into the village of Sagada where we spend three days exploring the tiny village (complete with one main road) and the surrounding mountainous country side. 

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Baguio, Philippines

Baguio is known by the local Filipinos as the Summer Capital - the perfect place to spend a weekend away from the heat of Manila and the surrounding lowlands in the Philippines.

We arrived into Baguio at the end of the Flower Festival, a very festive and lively time in the city, where locals and Filipino tourists come together to celebrate the colorful flowers and vegetation that grows around the region. I wandered around the city watching as visitors enjoyed street food and flower floats in the park. Children dressed up in the costume of the local villagers and families hopped aboard swan shaped paddle boats for cruising in the small lake. It was a wonderful experience to see Baguio alive and energetic! 

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