#88 Sagada

Hanging coffins on a cliff in Sagada

Sagada is a sleepy municipality in the province of Mountain Province, Philippines, and is located around 140 kilometers from Baguio (or some 12 to 15 hours by bus from Manila). Many visitors to Sagada say that had the rapid urban development did not happen in Baguio, the city could have maintained the rustic charm of Sagada.

Aside from its pine-forested hills and cool temperatures, Sagada is famous for its “hanging coffins, ” a tradition that the local and current natives of Sagada no longer practice.  Since Sagada is one of the few places that Spanish colonizers failed to effectively control, Sagada has preserved its native culture. Pre-Hispanic practices such as mummification of the dead were among the local practices that survived up to the late 19th century.

Adventurous travellers and nature lovers have a long list to do and see in Sagada as this mountainous town has a lot to offer such as caves, picturesque waterfalls, breathtaking, pine-dotted cliffs and ravines where one can explore, trek, spelunk or enjoy endless picnics. 

Sagada also has age-old rice terraces although not in the scale of the more famous rice terraces complex in Banaue. Other places of interest are the Sumaguing and Lumiang Caves, Bomod-ok and Bokong Falls, Echo Valley, Kiltepan Tower, Underground River, Lake Danum, the Masferre Musuem and the Hanging Coffins.

Mabuhay ang Sagada!

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