Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ifugao Burial tradition

One of the most interesting and rich cultures in the Philippines is the one right in the Cordillera region which is way up North of Luzon. You can visit this link http://www.ann-d-explorer.com/p/ifugao.html for more Ifugao experiences.

The Burial tradition is very interesting. I am just not sure if it is the same with every place in the Cordilleras.
In Banaue, I got to visit Tam-An Village to learn more about this.

To get there, I had to pass by Banaue hotel and Youth Hostel which is not too far from the Poblacion or town. You can either walk or take a tricycle. You don't need a guide to get here. You can do it on your own.


On the way, you may do several activities too.


This is part of the hotel. It was cold so no one was swimming.

This is the view from the pool area. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L.

We had to take 240 steps going down to the village.

A traditional house

This was our destination which is right after the steps. It's a souvenir shop.

She is the family member who showed me the bones of her great grandfather.

It was kinda creepy when she was opening it.

She explained the culture and how nowadays it is a bit difficult to follow the tradition especially when it comes to butchering certain number of pigs. This is for practical reason. 

I won't be able to tell much on the tradition as I may not be consistent with the real thing. 
It is better that you hear it from the locals.


All bones are complete. They did a good job in maintaining it.


You would know if it is a female or male based on how they wrap it. 
This is a male. 


Then she puts it in a sac. The family does this for free. They don't ask for anything in return. Though they maintain a souvenir shop which most of the products are being carved and weaved by the family members. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Mt. Manalmon

A couple of years ago, whenever I would see mountaineers with their backpacks, I would just ignore these people and said I would never become one of them as I felt like they were so dirty and smelly ( he he he)

Now, I am one of them ( ha ha ha)

I have been trekking since last year but someone would always carry my bag and we would just go from one mountain to another not actually going up to the summit. I recently decided to join this group of mountaineers and they made me experience the first mountain I have climbed (take note . . . no porters)

Mt. Manalmon is a minor climb, Difficulty 2/9.
Jump-off is at Sitio Madlum, Brgy. Sibul, San Miguel, Bulacan.
MASL = 196
(info from Pinoy Mountaineer)

For PhP5 per person, we hopped into this raft to get to the other side.

Register for just PhP5. 
Then just nearby is an old house where the late Julie Vega filmed a horror movie.

We asked permission to go in. I don't invite these scary thoughts so I'm fine. 
This photo is taken inside the house.

While the rest was preparing their things, I hung out with the locals.

We started the trail by passing the Station of the Cross.

We went inside Madlum Cave which is just short and easy.

A bit slippery because it rained.

There was just a portion where we passed a narrow area and then the rest was spacious. 


This is sad. Vandalism.


This is the other side of the cave.

It was a short up and down trail from the cave.

River crossing.

Take 5.
It was hot.

This part was fun.

Good thing it wasn't slippery.

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Group photo at the rock!

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Camp site!

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They assigned me to sleep in this tent.

From the campsite, a few more steep steps up to the summit.

We didn't have any height problems so we sat at the edge.
Though, we were still careful as you can slide here. 

The wind was a bit strong so you can't sit in this area too long.

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There was another rock just next to the summit.
It was difficult to get there.
We found out later that we should have not done this because the guides feel that this is dangerous.
Our guide was busy doing something at the camp site and was surprised when I showed him this photo in my camera.

Well . . .  I did not go to that rock and was already happy to be at this edge. 
Maybe next time . . . when we have a rope.
The view was just beautiful.

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Going up to the summit can only take an hour and the tour can be done half a day.
Though we decided to stay over night for socials.

There was another group who was there before us.
Two of them were celebrating their birthdays and they shared a slice of cake.

I wasn't able to sleep that well because it was really warm and there wasn't any air.
So when light came, I went up to the summit again to wait for the sun to rise.

The sun came out really fast. Though it had its drama . . . hmmm... it was brief but still lovely.

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A fire tree from afar.

Someone seemed to have had a good night and was not able to wake up for the sunrise. 

With our guide . . . I forgot his name.
Nice guy.

We took a different trail going down.

Which led us to the river. 
We took a dip right away because it was extremely warm.
That's the summit behind us.

The trail wasn't that hard.

Then we came across the river again . . . 
Seriously . . . it was really hot that we had to dip in once again. 

Another area that looked inviting again.

Checking how deep it was.
Though he returned back right away as he forgot that he had his DSLR outside his backpack.

When we got back . . . we did spelunking but I will write about that on another post.
We did the monkey bridge.
Our goal was to go to the other end without any safety gears. 

Just hold on to the rope and balance yourself to get to the other end.

View from the other end.

Monkey bridge

I don't know how to swim! So if I fall . . . well . . . I didn't. *;P

Late night. Limited sleep time. No air. Sun shone brightly.

Anywhere I could sit or lie down, I did. 


Group photo with the locals before we headed home.

Some photo credits to:
Edzel, Ahzil, Diabs and Sir Andrew.