It was Saturday evening Cathe and I were striding briskly to the Mall of Asia’s taxi stand to catch the last trip going to Banaue after our sumptuous dinner. The weather was finally cooperating after the unstoppable rain. I really thought that our trip would be cancelled knowing for a fact that the weather the whole day was really bad.

We left for Manila at ten in the evening riding Ohayami Trans bus. This is the only bus that caters going to Banaue according to the Florida Bus Line dispatcher.

It was a smooth ride until we reached Nueva Ecija. The intermittent traffic had ruined our trip due to the concreting of roads. We were delayed for five hours on the expected time of arrival.

It was half past one in the afternoon when we finally arrived Banaue. The heavens had been crying while our stomachs were craving for food because we had no breakfast and lunch yet.

Upon disembarking, we thought we can no longer find an occasion to transport us going to Sagada because the only schedule was in the morning. Thankfully we were able to meet a family (five of them) who happened to have the same destination. We agreed to rent a van-for- hire direct to Sagada and the driver charged us for P350.00 each.

While we were riding en route to Sagada we dropped by to take pictures at the view point of Banaue Rice Terraces.

The Banaue Rice Terraces are also called Payo, are 2000-year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by ancestors of the indigenous people. The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to by Filipinos as the”Eight Wonders of the World”. It is commonly thought that the terraces were built with minimal equipment, largely by hand. The terraces are located approximately 1500 meters (5000 ft) above sea level and cover 10,360 square kilometers (about 4000 square miles) of mountainside. They are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces. It is said that if the steps are put end to end it would encircle half the globe.

Going to Sagada is relaxing to the feeling despite of the long ride. You will be marveled by the rock formations and beautiful sceneries. Our travel took us three hours drive from Banaue. The next day, we went to hanging coffins of the natives embedded in the middle of the rocky mountain and had gone caving. It was fun and a memorable one too.

The hanging coffins

Rock Formation


Sumaguing Cave

The clouds early in the morning

Me and Cathe

By indulging yourself to go and visit to other new places are exciting. You will know the traits, values and culture of the people residing in the area. You can meet new friends too! Thus, it is in your interest that would lead you into conclusion after knowing who they are as a person.


~ by sherwinportillo on October 4, 2012.


  1. wow wow wow

  2. thank you, Nafees. Have you been to the Philippines?

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