Burial grounds rarely make for tourist destinations in the Philippines but in one of the highland towns of the Cordillera Region, a burial tradition of the indigenous population has made it a major attraction alongside majestic mountain scenery and more.
After a 9-hour bus ride from Metro Manila, a one-hour bumpy ride by jeepney and nearly an hour of trekking up and down a pathway among the hills we found ourselves standing at the rim of amphitheater-like terraced rice fields carved from the mountainside. These terraces in the upland village of Batad, now almost golden... Continue Reading →
Coming back each time from an assignment overseas back in the early 2000s, we still had to make a 6-hour bus or van ride up the rugged Cordillera mountains before we could bed down for the night. Not exactly a comfortable arrangement but when home is among the pine trees of a mountain town in... Continue Reading →
The Northern Blossom Flower Farm was largely unknown for some time but has been supplying its gorgeous flowers to Metro Manila and even to as far away as Mindanao. A little over three years ago, however, a local TV network featured the 3-hectare farm and mainly because of social media, the secret was soon out.... Continue Reading →
After years and years of seeing it in postcards, travel guide books and school textbooks, we were finally gazing down at the rows of terraces looming out of the morning fog. Still somewhat tired from the whole day trek to and around the Batad Rice Terraces the previous day and the hike back to the... Continue Reading →