Sagada, Mountain Province–VISUAL DIARY

Last Updated: November 13th, 2018

 

SAGADA, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE–An old town heavily influenced by the arrival of American missionaries in the 1900s, Sagada has turned into one of the most idyllic small towns in the country. With its deep-rooted traditions that date back to hundreds of years, generations of local villagers now enjoy a growing tourism industry–thanks in part to their exposure in social media, and the Angelica Panganiban starrer “That Thing Called Tadhana”.

From the sunrise in Kiltepan to the now-famous Hanging Coffins and to the swathes of mom and pop businesses ready to cater to tourists and locals alike–Sagada is surely one of The Cordilleras’ best places to visit. The protectionist approach of the local government helps keep its old town charm by avoiding over-commercialization. Thanks in part to bearing witness of Baguio’s explosive growth. Although having its advantages, far outweighs the cost of entry of big companies to the environment and local businesses.

While we only stayed in Sagada for a few days, many of which we had to endure a bad case of diarrhea, here are some of the photos we managed to help showcase its beauty.

 

Kiltepan, Sagada, Mountain Province

Sunrise at Kiltepan Peak

 

Sagada, Mountain Province - Street Photography

A local vendor clutching her son while selling sweets to tourists

 

Echo Valley, Sagada Mountain Province

Echo Valley, Sagada Mountain Province

 

Sagada, Mountain Province

Local vendors just killing time while waiting for customers

 

A young lady selling ‘etag’—Sagada’s version of smoked pork meat.

A young lady selling ‘etag’—Sagada’s version of smoked pork meat.

 

Sagada, Mountain Province

Fresh plantains on display at a local shop

 

The Hanging Coffins of Sagada

The Hanging Coffins of Sagada

 

Sagada, Mountain Province - Street Photography

Blue jeans, pink shirt—running for a quick errand at the local market.

 

Sagada, Mountain Province

Sagada as seen from St. Mary’s Church

 

Sagada during weekends

Sagada during weekends

 

An old woman crossing the street from the local market

An old woman crossing the street from the local market

 

The Hanging Coffins of Sagada

A close look at the hanging coffins with wires keeping them in place

 

St. Mary's Church Sagada

The facade of St. Mary’s Church

 

Coffins piled on top of each other

Coffins piled on top of each other

 

One of the main roads leading to a long stretch of local restaurants

One of the main roads leading to a long stretch of local restaurants

 

St. Mary's Church Sagada

The interiors of St. Mary’s Church

 

A fully loaded jeepney heading to Bontoc

A fully loaded jeepney heading to Bontoc

 

Locals talking while waiting at the terminal

Locals talking while waiting at the terminal

 

Sagada, Mountain Province

Sagada’s Landscape

 

Sagada, Mountain Province

 

 

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