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« Reply #140 on: May 05, 2012, 12:14:32 PM »
a panoramic shot of Halsema Highway at the vicinity of Sabangan, Mt. Province

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« Reply #141 on: May 05, 2012, 12:25:20 PM »
27 April 2012 7:10 am
a tough ride to Sagada
( viewed 1 kilometer from Dantay-Sagada junction)



10 Kilometers of never-ending uphill!
(most parts are under construction)






but not without a breath-taking view such as this!




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« Reply #142 on: May 05, 2012, 01:12:24 PM »
27 April 2012 11:58am
3rd Objective accomplished!


Sagada, Mt. Province


Sagada is a 5th class municipality in the province of Mountain Province, Philippines. It is located 275 km. north Manila, 140 km. fron Baguio, and it is adjacent to Bontoc, the provincial capital.
Sagada is famous for “ hanging coffins". This is a traditional way of burying people that is still utilized. Not everyone qualified to be buried this way; one had to, among other things, be married and have grandchildren.
Popular activities include trekking, exploring both caves and waterfalls, spelunking, bonfires, picnics, rappelling, visiting historical sites, nature hikes, and participating in tribal celebrations.
 





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Bike Touring
It's more fun in the Philippines!



Central Sagada Rice Terraces

Hanging Coffins



Spelungking
(Sumaging Cave, Sagada)

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« Reply #144 on: May 05, 2012, 02:16:48 PM »


This is my bike. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My bike is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My bike, without me, is useless. Without my bike, I am useless.
My bike is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its wheels and its hubs. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my bike clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...
Before God, I swear this creed. My bike and myself are the nomads in this world. We are the masters of every road, paved or unpaved!.

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« Reply #145 on: May 05, 2012, 05:09:40 PM »
goodbye, Sagada

Thank you for allowing me to see you up close and personal!

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« Reply #146 on: May 06, 2012, 08:12:29 AM »
Bontoc-My Home for Two Nights
When I first arrive in Bontoc at around 4:00PM 26 April 2012 I was a bit weary. I decided to treat myself with a little comfort: a 30pesos worth of newly -cooked pancit (my first hot meal since I left Sinipsip) from a decent and clean canteen across Anglican Church.  Thereafter, I decided to look for a place to stay overnight. A local resident suggests to me to inquire at Pines Kitchenette and Inn which I did since it’s getting late. At Pines Kitchenette and Inn, the staff told me that they still have vacant room (single, bare) for 200 pesos overnight. At first I was reluctant considering my VERY limited resources but at the end, I took the room and I was advised just to leave my bike at the lobby. It was already 4:30 AM when I woke up the following morning and I found out that I Left my other P&S camera, an ancient but durable Canon A590IS in my handlebar bag attached to my bike. Before leaving the Inn, I check my things and everything was there including my Canon PS camera.


On my way out from the town proper for my Sagada ride I saw a directional sign to Bontoc Museum so decided to follow the direction and I found the place inside the compound of Saint Vincent’s Elementary School, private primary school founded in 1911. Upon entering the compound I was greeted by a middle-age woman. “good morning, kape po tayo” I simply nod and asked her what time did the museum opens and she told me “8 am pa”. I decided to stay a little longer while inquiring about the other places of interest around Bontoc to the lady whom I later known to be Manang Josie, a Family Council member of Saint Vincent’s Elementary School. She recommended me to visit Maligcong Rice terraces and Maiinit Falls. As I bid goodbye to her, I asked if I could be allowed to stay overnight at the school compound when I came back from Sagada and she told me “pwede naman siguro kasi dati may nakitulog na rin na foreigner at pinayagan naman ng mga Sisters”.  Thereafter, I proceeded to Sagada.
It was past 3pm when I arrived in Bontoc coming from Sagada and it is raining. I went to check the transport terminal plying the Baguio route as well as the Ifugao route for the purpose of getting information on the transport schedules as reference for future trips in this area. I was told that all PUJs/PUBs(except Utility Vans for hire) coming from Bontoc are up to 3pm only including one bus (Cable Tours) bound for Manila (Cubao).

Story of Kindness 3
At around 4PM, I went back to St. Vincent’s Elementary School but I did not find Manang Josie. Instead, I saw a group of ladies preparing foods (merienda) for the construction workers in the compound. They all greeted me and offered me to eat. I simply smile and seated in a corner near the place I pointed to Manang Josie to fix my tent earlier if I will be permitted. Minutes later I saw Manang Josie coming out from Bontoc Museum and I immediately called her and remind her of my earlier request which she simply replies “yes”. Although I was a bit worried of not getting a definite answer, I decided to stay and fall asleep leaning on my bike after reviewing my shots in Sagada. It was almost an hour I think when I was awakened by the sound of an opening door. I wake up and waited for the person who went inside near the room where I was, thinking that it is the right person to asked permission for my planned overnight stay. Minutes later I saw a man in his late 30s standing near the door and I immediately approached him stating my intention to stay overnight in the school compound particularly pointing a school desk where my bike was. The man, after hearing me nodded but suggests me to stay in another place within the school compound because of the weather condition. He pointed me to a classroom “ tingnan mo kung ok sayo na dyan ka” I heed to his request telling him “sanay naman po ako kahit saan basta may matulugan lang”. I brought my bike inside and began fixing my tent. The man came soon afterwards and pointed to me a washing area and the light switch/electrical outlet. “pwede nyo gamitin yung wash area sa likod, may CR din dun". Ito yung switching ilaw kung gusto mo gamitin” I was overwhelmed by the gestures shown to me by the man whom I known the following morning to be the school principal of St. Vincent’s Elementary School, Mr. Christopher Che-es, Sr.  Sir, if ever you read this, Thank you so much. I was also told that you requested the members of Family Council  to come early so that I could have something to eat before leaving, which they did, Sir.
God, indeed is great for providing me with people like you and with so many others in times when I needed them most. 


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« Reply #147 on: May 07, 2012, 06:08:30 AM »

Day 5- 28 April 2012 6:31AM
To the final objective: Banaue, Ifugao

"pandesal nga po, bente"


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« Reply #148 on: May 07, 2012, 06:56:10 AM »
Goodbye Bontoc
THANK YOU for sharing me the hospitality and kindness of your people.






Hello Ifugao...
show me what you got!

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« Reply #149 on: May 07, 2012, 08:20:08 AM »

the never-ending uphill begins!



did i say unending uphill?



unending view of beautiful rice terraces too.


on this spot i decided to eat my pandesal, after almost consuming it all naalala ko na may
baon pala akong peanut butter! Sa ganda ng tanawin, makakalimot ka talaga..grabe!



crystal clear water of a river some 300ft below the Bontoc-Ifugao road

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« Reply #150 on: May 07, 2012, 08:51:12 AM »

amazing morning view of mountain in the middle of nowhere



i was surprised when a boy suddenly appears from a blind curb..
a hardcore Mt. Biker! The boy is Jud Ron, 13 yrs old.
after the photo-op Jud went ahead..



minutes later, i spotted another hardcore Mt. Biker




Danny, Jud Ron's father followed by their pet dog



and Laine, Jud ron's Mom


the pet dog



The Family that bike together, Stays stronger!
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« Reply #151 on: May 07, 2012, 09:02:19 AM »
since reading this thread, i've decided to buy my friend's mountain bike and started bike riding again after 10 long years. this is truly and inspiration. maraming salamat sir!  ;)
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« Reply #152 on: May 07, 2012, 09:15:48 AM »
since reading this thread, i've decided to buy my friend's mountain bike and started bike riding again after 10 long years. this is truly and inspiration. maraming salamat sir!  ;)

Thank you agentgerard, may the pedal be with you!

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« Reply #153 on: May 07, 2012, 09:52:07 AM »
beautiful view of rice terraces in Talubin, Bontoc








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« Reply #154 on: May 07, 2012, 10:42:44 AM »

waterfalls along Bontoc-Ifugao road





12 kilometers more the boundary of Mountain Province and Ifugao

another waterfalls



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« Reply #155 on: May 07, 2012, 10:44:42 AM »

amazing morning view of mountain in the middle of nowhere



i was surprised when a boy suddenly appears from a blind curve..
a hardcore Mt. Biker! The boy is Jud Ron, 13 yrs old.
after the photo-op Jud went ahead..



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Danny, Jud Ron's father followed by their pet dog



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the pet dog



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« Reply #156 on: May 07, 2012, 10:55:27 AM »
Bay-yo Rice Terraces





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« Reply #157 on: May 07, 2012, 11:04:22 AM »


take 10 along the road near Barlig junction





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22 kilometers to the boundary, the longest and hardest climb :'(



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2 kilometers to the boundary, the longest and hardest climb :'(




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