It’s amazing to see how this little town has embraced change for the better, making the Mountain Province town the place for adventure tourism in Cordillera. Here are 5 valuable life lessons I learned from the Igorots of the Sagada:
Planning on taking a quick side trip to Banaue before heading up to Sagada? Get out, stretch, and get some feeling back in your behind before getting something to eat and exploring the town. Read more on what to expect for a 4-hour stopover.
“Isn’t Tinder a hook up app?” I asked a friend. I’m not looking for something serious, but I don’t want one of those wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am guys either. “I have never heard anyone say, ‘I found the love of my life on Tinder!'” I exclaimed. She turned a bright shade of pink, and sheepishly admitted that she met her current beau on the app, and what started as an excuse to forget an old flame turned out to be her new one. That got me thinking. “So there really is something more to Tinder then?” I signed up for an account a few minutes later.
Back before the Philippines came to have its official name, the Greek geographer Ptolemy referred to it as Chersonesus Aurea (Golden Peninsula) or The Golden Chersonese in reference to the Malay Peninsula, the Indians who traded with the natives called it Suvarnadvipa, and the Malays already had a name for Manila – Seludong.
“Complain less, travel more.” This is my mantra for 2015. I realized how I had spent a great deal of most of last year planning for trips and not going through with them because of one reason or another – something came up at work, something came up at home, nobody could take care of the dog, etc. and by the end of the year, out of the five amazing trips I had penciled in my organizer for 2014, only one of them actually pushed through!
When you find yourself in Puerto Galera, skip the noisy, dirty side of the island and treat yourself to the finer things in life by making your way to Muelle, where the beautiful Infinity Resort stands. Lately, the luxury resort isn’t the only draw for tourists to the island – a community of the Iraya, a subtribe of the Mangyans, has also gained their attention, and is just a 3-minute ride from the resort!
On the last day of our stay, before heading to Muelle port to catch the last boat out, we asked if we could pay the nearby Mangyan Village a visit. The front desk arranged for a golf cart to be brought round and we were utterly surprised to find out it was located right across from Infinity, hidden away by a row of houses at the front.
Taking a tour of Malacañan Palace and sightseeing around Malacañang Complex can leave you tired, hungry, and really, really thirsty. “Give me your hungry, your tired, and your weak,” is what Casa Roces across the street would probably say if it could talk. This Commonwealth-era home has been restored and refurbished into a restaurant and café by the Roces descendants, Peachy Prieto and daughter Bianca Prieto-Santos, keeping alive the rich Filipino-Spanish heritage in the form of old recipes passed down from one generation to the next.