Met Bob Marley in Sagada
12 hours away from the capital of the Philippines, is a little town called Sagada. A quiet hill station situated in the northern part of Luzon, particularly in Mountain Province.
A haven, a getaway... been going back here in the last 6 years or so. Chill-out, relax, eat, sleep, drink and laugh. And do it all over again.
Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary the VirginSagada, Mountain Province, Philippines
Saturday morning stroll in Sagada brings one to the street market. People from the village and from ...
Sumaguing Cave has the largest chamber connecting all the 60 caves of the town. It is also known as t...
Sagada is a 5th class municipality in the province of Mountain province, Philippines According to the...
Kabunian is the Supreme God of Igorots and Ifugaos. According to folklore, Kabunian lend down his lad...
The Mt. Kalawitan Coffee Shop and Restaurant in Sabangan, Mt. Province is not only a stop-over for tr...
Apa Camp Site is where, the mountaineers/visitors stay before and after climbing Mt. Kalawitan. It is...
At the View Point, Banaue, Ifugao Province, Philippines. Best place to hangout, chillout, shopping fo...
The Philippines are an archipelago of more than seven thousand islands off the southeast coast of Asia. Only half of these islands have been named and roughly one thousand are inhabited. Look at how beautiful they are! People first arrived here from the mainland around 25,000 B.C. by crossing a land bridge which existed at the time.
The name comes from Ferdinand Magellan of Portugal, who explored the Philippines in 1521. He claimed them in service of Spain, naming them after Prince Philip. Spain controlled the Philippines for the next 350 years until the Philippine Revolution of 1896.
Here's a picture of Fort Santiago, where the national hero Jose Rizal was imprisoned prior to his execution. He was a poet and novelist who supported peaceful reform, rather than violent revolution, against the Spanish government.
This is one of poems in which he describes the creation of the world, as a gift to his mother:
"Say they that tell of the world, the first dawn of the sun, the first kiss that his bosom inflamed, when thousands of beings surged out of nothing, and peopled the depths, and to the heights mounted, to wherever his fecund kiss was implanted"
Violent revolution broke out anyway and the Philippines changed hands from Spanish, to American, to Japanese control over the next fifty years. Following World War Two they finally became an independent republic.
Back to the beautiful ocean! You can dream about the Cafe Del Mar resort next time you find your screen saver kicking in when you're still sitting at the desk staring blankly. There's a series of DJ mixes with this title but I don't know if it refers to the same place. I would not be surprised.
Annnnd to really get you buying your plane tickets...
the sunset over Borocay White Beach!
Text by Steve Smith.