Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Kiangan: Yamashita Surrender Site



Tomoyuki Yamashita, an Imperial Japanese Army General, physically surrendered to the Americans on September 2, 1945 after he came down from his hideout in Hungduan.

He surrendered in Kiangan, the oldest and historical place in Ifugao province.  



This mini museum is located at the Kiangan Elementary School.


No entrance fee is needed. You just have to register.









The surrender of Tomoyuki Yamashita.


Yamashita's letter.

Kiangan

The names of men and women who fought for freedom.

 

 


 I salute to these people who served our country for freedom during World War II







Saturday, June 8, 2013

International Doll House

The second doll house I've seen in the Philippines.
After visiting the Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig City, Surigao Del Sur, we made a side trip as recommended by friends who lives in this region.

This is found right beside the Ocean View Park, a restaurant with a great view. We did not eat here though. We just looked at the place.  

An entrance fee of PhP20 each.

Bislig City

There are 273 steps they said . . .  I lost count.



You can take the steps or the hmmm....non-steps on the side hee hee.
No running allowed here as it is a bit steep.


When going inside, shoes and slippers are not allowed.
The owner is said to love traveling and collecting dolls to different places she goes to.

Some of my favorite dolls.
Japan.
Bislig City

India.


Korea? ( I think)


Barbies!


I love this.
Philippines!


Ethnic Barbies!


Doll house.
I've never had one. The closest I got was a self-made shoe box :)


No, they're not dolls but my pretty doll friends and ken.


With the dolls.


The Garden.


The nice wallpaper garden! ;P


What goes up, must come down.


A lot easier.
Recommended side trip!


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Echo Valley

When you go to Sagada, this is one place you should not miss on your first visit.
Going to Echo valley is easy. You can even go there without a guide. You would see kids offering tourists to show the way. Though if it's your first time, I suggest you still get a certified guide.

The pathway is easy from St. Mary's church.


Yes, it looks creepy to some as you would pass by their cemetery. 
Nowadays, their dead is buried here.


I found this interesting. 


After the cemetery, the way will lead you to Echo Valley.
This signage made us laugh. Though we were not able to see where this was.
Is there really one???

Every one shouts . . . outs . . . outs . . . at this place . . . ace . . . ace . . . 
Though they kept telling me to shout "pancit canton" and to tell you the truth . . . I really don't know why.
They would just laugh when I ask why. 
Would someone explain please? 


It looks like there isn't a path but there really is.


If you're from the Metro, you would just enjoy the view here.
 I did.


Then from above, you'll see the hanging coffins.


The path isn't too hard when the ground is not wet from the rain.


Why are there chairs?
Are those vandalism?


Are they Catholics?
Why is there a cross on top of the coffin?


How are they being brought up there?


In the first place, why are they hanging?
That's the reason why you need a certified guide with you.
It would be nice to hear about the history and the culture straight from a local's mouth.
Don't just go there for photo sake. 


At first, I did not know if I was going to smile. I got approval from my guide that it's okay to smile.
Hey! I did not want to step on their culture or disrespect their dead.