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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

awed by BANAUE.....

Somebody warned me that Sagada is not a place for honeymoon. True enough if you are to make a baby in the process. The terrain, cold weather and the endless hikes will make you forget about doing it here. But for couples who are willing to explore themselves and the depth of their relationships, this is the place to be......

And so we set off on a journey to the Mountain Province on the 28th of April. We left Manila 10pm to BANAUE via autobus. Fare is surprisingly low at only 400php.( Florida buses are better and they have more trips daily-but their number is always out of reach---I guess that's true to any big companies, the bigger they get, the more they become out of reach

........and so after 9 hours of grueling ride, we finally set foot in Banaue, our first stop.

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 Teresa with newfound friends, Zaldy and Ariel....


It has been my wish to  see the 8th wonder of the world. And it sure is majestic.  The terraces is just a 20 minute uphill tricycle ride from town center.They call it VIEWPOINT. There are 2 spots to take photos so be sure not to miss both. Also Be sure to register in the TOURIST information center first so that people know your whereabouts.

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 Ifugao

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starting to feel comfortable with the locals.....

And there's a back story to that, we were supposed to be here on the 27th but we got delayed.When I tried to rebook our tickets, I met somebody who is a local of the area. His name is Zaldy and so I told him that we will visit him. Surprisingly, he lives in Hungduan, another area famous for their terraces known as HAPAO.....
Hapao is another town in Ifugao, 45 minutes by jeepney amidst breathtaking view.....it rained the night before we came so there were many areas with landslides.........
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 in the middle of nowhere....

You see mountains and mountains of rice terraces...nakakalula.... 

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on the way to Hungduan....

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The famous HAPAO Rice Terraces

Here, we were told by locals that their rice terraces are distinct from that of banaue in such a way that theirs are STONE WALLED build centuries ago. Our hosts were so kind that despite their simple abode we decided to stay overnight to get the feel of how it is like living in the middle of it all............

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right in the middle of the action...

We were informed of a wedding ceremony the next day. Too bad we had to get moving to reach our final destination SAGADA. An unexpected stop it was. Sure glad we did.....

33 comments:

  1. ang ganda! dream ko tlaga makarating sa sagada sana lang soon may mag aya di ko papalampasin makita yung view na yan.. thanks for sharing

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  2. buhayprinsesa---wag mong antaying may magyaya---ikaw ang magyaya...hehe

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  3. ang ganda ganda..truly the 8th wonder nga ng mundo..gusto ko pumunta diyan naman! enjoy kayong dalawa ng asawa mo diyan ha! hehe....go for a baby boy haha

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  4. kakamiss ang sagada. pag balik ko pinas. isa yan sa babalikan ko.

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  5. Sendo---wala pang gawaan ng baby--mahirap bumuo sa bundok.hehe

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  6. bulakbolero.sg---kabugbug nga lang sa byahe. patayan talaga.hehe

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  7. Nice! Napakatahimik tingnan ng place...

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  8. sulit naman pala ang nine hours na biyahe sa ganda ng banaue. Buti nlng at na preserved ito ng maayos.

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  9. I am Xprosaic---naku--tahimik talaga dyan pag gabi. grabe

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  10. Ghienoxs---Banaue palang yan---we pushed for sagada and the best is yet to come talaga....

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  11. Somebody warned me that Sagada is not a place for honeymoon.
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    Ako ba si Somebody? Ü

    More more! Pinepressure kita!

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  12. chyng--uo--ikaw nga---hehe. no pressure please...mahirap mag-sort ng pics pag 1500+ ang shots.hehe

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  13. Ang ganda ng terraces, Awesome! I wonder if kaya ko syang tahakin baka hindi ako mag kasya sa mga butas :-D

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  14. Nakakainggit naman, I've always wanted to go there... lalo sa caves...

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  15. Jepoy--malalaki yang mga yan don't worry. larger than life talaga lalo sa personal.hehe

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  16. glentot---yan.caving ang sususnod na post ko...ay...spoiler na kagad.hehe

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  17. sorry off topic anton:

    sensya if i wasn't able to visit you.. di ko alam na nagclose na pala yung isang bahay mo... di rin naman kita na memessage sa ym kasi di ka sumasagot minsan (hehe).. baka busy ka so ayaw kita istorbohin.. then bigla napansin ko na wala ka na rin sa friends ko sa fb... so akala ko nawala ka na talaga... so ayun... yaan mo link kita ulit para updated ulit ako sa'yo.

    seriously though, i'm happy to read you're doing really well with your life. :)

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  18. ay pangarap kong mag korean pose tapos ang background ko ay banaue rice terraces. gusto ko din kaso parang di ko ata kaya ang 9hr trip. teka, kamusta naman ang byahe via bus? maayos naman kahit gabi ang alis nyo?

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  19. wow! ganda ng mga shots mo anton!Parang namiss ko kubo sa gitna ng bukid,used to experience it sa side ng mama ko sa bicol,sarap!Pero I bet mas masarap feeling jan kz malamig.Parang kmi nlng di nkkapagrice terraces ah!huhu!:( anyway, ang mura lng pala ng fare?eh fare to baguio parang 475 something na ata.

    Next entry na agad! :)

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  20. wow! ganda ng mga shots mo anton!Parang namiss ko kubo sa gitna ng bukid,used to experience it sa side ng mama ko sa bicol,sarap!Pero I bet mas masarap feeling jan kz malamig.Parang kmi nlng di nkkapagrice terraces ah!huhu!:( anyway, ang mura lng pala ng fare?eh fare to baguio parang 475 something na ata.

    Next entry na agad! :)

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  21. wow! ganda ng mga shots mo anton!Parang namiss ko kubo sa gitna ng bukid,used to experience it sa side ng mama ko sa bicol,sarap!Pero I bet mas masarap feeling jan kz malamig.Parang kmi nlng di nkkapagrice terraces ah!huhu!:( anyway, ang mura lng pala ng fare?eh fare to baguio parang 475 something na ata.

    Next entry na agad! :)

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  22. cool shots! isa din ako sa nangangarap mkapunta dyan! :))

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  23. mishi----3x pumasok comment mo.uo. nabigla nga ako e kasi nga yun, 480 yung Manila to Baguio...victory liner kasi kaya mahal.....

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  24. KESO---what's stopping you from going there? you will not regret it.

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  25. princess_dyanie---talagang kailangan Korean pose ha.hehe. uo. maayos naman byahe. walang traffic pag gabi kaya mas maganda. tapos early Morning.5 or 6 nasa area kana ....mapapansin mo ang kakaibang view paggising mo. walang ibang trips kundi night trip talaga pati sa Florida bus.

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  26. OMG! It's quite a nice place. Ganda ng mga photos. Ganda talaga ng Pilipinas...

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  27. dodong flores---I agree, and there's more to explore.

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  28. waaaaaaahh. kaya gustong gusto ko bumili ng camera eh. hehe.

    nice shots anton. buti k pa ankakalakbay khit saan ako tagaytay ata pinaka maayong napuntahan ko

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  29. great feature! now you know why im spending the rainy seasons there. hahaha...

    ganda talaga diyan lalo na sa batad.

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  30. Beautiful! Love all the pictures!I really am proud to be a Filipino! Thanks for sharing...you're really good!

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  31. kikilabotz---sabi ko naman sayo e--gumala tayo---CAPONES-ANAWANGIN-NAGSASA TAYO THIS MONTH---hehe

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  32. the donG --- di kami nakapunta sa batad kasi malayo at matagal yung hike....e taga hapao yung kakilala namin so opposite way sya....maybe next time---kung may next time pa. hehe

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  33. Dennis Villegas---welcome back Dennis--how are you? thanks. the countryside of the Philippines never fail to amaze me din. proud. pahirapan lang talagang marating yung place...which is the primary complaint of most foreign tourists....

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