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SAGADA DEATH RITUALS: On Hanging Coffins, Panag-Apoy and Echoes of Old Igorot Traditions

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Sagada’s mysterious Hanging Coffins at Echo Valley attest to the 2,000-year-old Igorot burial traditions that have fascinated the world. Pinewood coffins suspended with primitive wires and ropes along limestone cliffs act as vessels to heaven. The departed assume a fetal position, as it is believed that souls should leave the earth the same way they entered it. Little written records exist to document this bizarre practice; rather, knowledge is passed down through word of mouth by Applai elders.

Aside from their animist beliefs, the Applai hung coffins on cliffs for pragmatic reasons—high places meant the coffins were protected from wild animals and humans. Similar rituals are found in parts of Indonesia, but historians believe they may have their roots in China. Chinese tribes, such as the Bo and Guyue, also had a practice of burying their dead along cliffs. It is possible the tribes made contact along the way. 

The rise of Christianity has prompted Igorots to opt for western-style cemeteries where they honor the dead on PanagApoy, a Sagadian All Saints Day celebrated every November 1st.  

Join us as we explore the incredible funeral culture of the Igorots … 

 

SAGADA TRAVEL GUIDE 2017 Series:

SAGADA Itinerary DIY: The Road to Sagada (2017) @FordPhilippines
• YOGURT HOUSE SAGADA: Best Breakfast Place in Sagada! (2016 Review)
• GAIA Sagada Cafe: That Famed Cafe in "That Thing Called Tadhana" (Review)
• SAGADA CELLAR DOOR: Agadulay's Kitchen Igorot Dinner and Sagada Craft Beer Experience! (A Review)
• LOG CABIN: A Cozy Retreat in Sagada (A 2016 Review)
• LUMIANG TO SUMAGUING CAVE: Conquering Sagada's Cave Connection!
• SAGADA DEATH RITUALS: On Hanging Coffins, Panag-Apoy and Echoes of Old Igorot Traditions
SAGADA'S MARLBORO: Basking in a Sea of Clouds at Kamanbaneng Sunrise Peak! (Photo Essay)
SAGADA ORANGE PICKING Guide at Rock Farm Inn (Photo Essay)
BIYAHEROES: The Best Online Bus Booking Platform in Manila! Try it!

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Sagada’s Marlboro: Basking in a Sea of Clouds at Kamanbaneng Sunrise Peak! (Photo Essay)

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Whenever I think of Sagada, visions of cloud-filled vistas and verdant landscapes with a mystical allure come to mind. There is something just so transcendental about Mountain Provinces—it’s probably because they’re so close to the sky!  

On our visit to the chilly Mountain Province, the team embarked on adventures that tested us in every sense of the word. From the frigid weather, perilous roads, slippery trekking paths, and the eerie cave passages, visitors will leave Sagada having conquered at least one thing.

Kamanbaneng Peak, often referred to as Marlboro Country by locals, was one of our first conquests. Its unique 360 views of Sagada, Bontoc, and Sabangan at Mt. Lamagan makes it a better alternative to the sunrise viewpoint at Kiltepan.

Here’s our experience …

 

SAGADA TRAVEL GUIDE 2017 Series:

SAGADA Itinerary DIY: The Road to Sagada (2017) @FordPhilippines
• YOGURT HOUSE SAGADA: Best Breakfast Place in Sagada! (2016 Review)
• GAIA Sagada Cafe: That Famed Cafe in "That Thing Called Tadhana" (Review)
• SAGADA CELLAR DOOR: Agadulay's Kitchen Igorot Dinner and Sagada Craft Beer Experience! (A Review)
• LOG CABIN: A Cozy Retreat in Sagada (A 2016 Review)
• LUMIANG TO SUMAGUING CAVE: Conquering Sagada's Cave Connection!
• SAGADA DEATH RITUALS: On Hanging Coffins, Panag-Apoy and Echoes of Old Igorot Traditions
SAGADA'S MARLBORO: Basking in a Sea of Clouds at Kamanbaneng Sunrise Peak! (Photo Essay)
SAGADA ORANGE PICKING Guide at Rock Farm Inn (Photo Essay)
BIYAHEROES: The Best Online Bus Booking Platform in Manila! Try it!

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How to get to Sagada Direct via Bus? @Biyaheroes

How to get to Sagada Direct via Bus @BIYAHEROES? (CODA Lines Bus from Cubao—Sagada)

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1) Go to www.biyaheroes.com and book your seats online!

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2) Choose your schedule. Look out for CODA Lines for an streamlined Manila to Sagada experience.

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3) Choose your seats with realtime seat selector.

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4) Fill out passenger details (even passenger discounts apply).

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5) Choose your freebies!

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6) Choose your payment options.

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7) Confirmation email and SMS are automatically sent once payment is confirmed. These are to be presented for check-in with valid IDs.

ONE-WAY PRICE PER HEAD

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CODA LINES DAILY TRIPS
Quezon City to Sagada: 9:00PM
Quezon City to Banaue, Ifugao: 9:00PM

Sagada to Quezon City: 3:00PM
Bontoc to Quezon City: 4:00PM

Baguio City to Maddela, Quirino: 8:30PM
Baguio City to Kiangan, Ifugao: 9:00PM
Baguio City to Banaue, Ifugao: 9:30PM

Maddela, Quirino to Baguio City: 4:30PM
Kiangan, Ifugao to Baguio City: 6:00PM
Banaue, Ifugao to Baguio City: 6:00PM

CODA LINES CORPORATION
HM Transport Inc. Monte de Piedad, corner Maryland street, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Quezon City, Philippines
Mobile:
Quezon City: +63 927 559 2197 | +63 929 521 3229
Sagada: +63 929 521 3247 | +63 936 971 9216
Baguio City: +63 935 535 9114 | +63 998 444 8831
Bontoc: +63 977 326 8080 | +63 929 521 3235
Banaue: +63 936 971 9240 | +63 920 651 9672
Kiangan: +63 947 079 7466
Operation Hours:
Daily 9am to 9pm
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: @CODALinesCorporation
Website: www.codalines.com

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INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!

Getting the opportunity to visit Indonesia was one of the most eye-opening journeys for me. Along with 20 style, travel, and local influencers, I traversed Komodo-filled forests and plains, watched legendary sunrises, swam with a hundred species of fish, conquered steep hikes that led to stunning vistas, and immersed myself in a culture that is both unique and unforgotten.

I am incredibly thankful to the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism for making everything happen. Had I not been part of this year's Trip of Wonders, I would have missed out on one of the best trips of my life!

Here are my #TripofWonders highlights in Indonesia … 

INDONESIA TRAVEL
Sapta Pesona Building, Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No.17, Jakarta
Website: www.indonesia.travel
Facebook: Indonesia.Travel
Instagram: @indtravel
Twitter: @indtravel

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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Bo Sanchez’s Kerygma Conference 2016 “FORWARD!” (An Invitation)

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I was stuck with my multinational job in 2007 and I felt a nagging feeling for a greater calling.

When I attended the first ever Kerygma Conference in 2007 in Ultra, I was inspired by the Holy Spirit to pursue my blog full time.

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Recently, I found the “resignation” letter I wrote my wife when I was in the US attending an Internet Marketing Conference and how she supported my decision.   

I left my high-paying job the succeeding year in May 2008 and I’ve been blogging full-time and living an awesome life ever since …

 

I would like to invite you to make that life-changing experience on the 10th year anniversary of Kerygma Conference, KCON for short, on November 17-20, 2016 at SMX and SM MOA Arena with the theme, “Forward”.  

Here’s what to expect at the Kerygma Conference …

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Midnight Mystery: Murder in Ayala Museum! @MysteryManila

Midnight Mystery: Murder at the Museum

The senior curator of Ayala Museum is murdered during Halloween night! With all four floors transformed into a crime scene, guests play the role of detectives to pinpoint whodunit!

Now on its third year, Ayala Museum opens it’s doors for another thrilling Halloween experience with the theme “Midnight Museum 3: Murder in the Museum”. In partnership with the experts behind the popular escape room, Mystery Manila.

Here’s our first-time experience spending Halloween at the Ayala Museum…

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THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings and Presidents through History

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The Royal Ambarrukmo is more than just a hotel—rather, it is a documentation of the the rich history leading up to its modern transformation. Bearing witness to the turn of the Mataram Kingdom right up to the Indonesian Republic we know today, the hotel was initially a venue reserved for royalty and foreign dignitaries.

Notable names the hotel has proudly hosted are Herman Willem Daendels, who served as Governor General of the Dutch East Indies; Pakubowono X, the beloved Surakarta King; the Kings of the Yogyakarta Sultanate; and the first-ever Indonesian president, President Soekarno.

During the reign of Hamengkubuwono II of the Yogyakarta Sultanate, the hotel was just a simple Joglo—a uniquely Javanese house with a tapered roof that signifies economic status, typically reserved for aristocrats. By the 5th Sultan’s reign, the space was eventually renovated and expanded. Development continued with every generation as did its value. It earned the moniker of Kedaton (house of the king) and became the official residence of Hamengkubuwono VII after his abdication in 1921.

Now as a cosmopolitan space with 5-star amenities and world-class services, the Royal Ambarrukmo invited us for a regal stay in one of Yogyakarta’s top hotels.

THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO
Jl. Laksda Adisucipto No.81 Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 55281
Telephone: +62 274 488 488
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @RoyalAmbarrukmo
Facebook: @RoyalAmbarrukmoYogyakarta
Website: www.royalambarrukmo.com 

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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AUCKLAND Travel Guide: Lessons in Traveling to New Zealand! @FlyPal

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I’ve been to Auckland twice already and this post is a compilation of our travel notes, tips, and tricks when traveling to New Zealand.

This is also an update on our initial post, First Timer’s Guide to Auckland, New Zealand!

Here are the lessons we learned from our last visit to Auckland… 

 

WHAT TO BRING DURING TRAVEL

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For this Auckland trip, I used my stylish business laptop bag (Samsonite GT Supreme) that weighs less than 7kg, and a big enough luggage to carry the 30kg maximum bag allowance.

The laptop bag can accommodate up to a 15.6″ laptop, and with a smart sleeve, it easily slipped into my telescopic luggage handle, which I appreciate. I didn’t need to worry about my bag falling, making for an effortless travel. This is very useful especially when I travel with my boys, who love to play around and tend to bump into anything near them.

 

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