[Bontoc] Ganga House, the Ruined Pig Pen and Goodbye Mystical Mountain


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"Still, it is significant because it is an ancient mark, an evidence of prehistoric civilization. The trek continues..."

I can't get over it! As I write this post, I'm thinking like I'm writing a fictional series because everything I encountered in this expedition is like tower Babel trying to reach the sky knowing it is impossible. If you followed this series, you know I wasn't able to provide the right answers to the mysteries because I can't really find resources to prove them (and no one has presented an accurate datum, even my tour guide, on which I am required to have as per LGU order, can't give me an answer).

Following the direction like a twitter follower


So what is Ganga House? Please forgive me, but again, I'm going to answer you like we're watching the transformation of Cinderella to a cyborg in barefoot.

Ganga House is a mysterious low-ceiling, house-like, stone-made, pyramid-y roof huge stone situated on a slope of a mountain in Alab Oriente, Bontoc. The photo below will help you figure out what I am talking about.

Ganga House on Alab, Bontoc

Ganga House (Stone House)

Ganga House on Alab, Bontoc

I can even hardly sit

Ganga House on Alab, Bontoc

blehh...

Ganga House on Alab, Bontoc

Inside the Ganga House


So what is the significance of those selfies? Well I just want to show you how low the ceiling is. This stone house is believed to be made and/or arranged and/or/mini-mini-maynimo designed by the early inhabitants of this ancient village. For what purpose? Maybe for security, as a form of shelter, and for fun, maybe.

My guide told me that the Ganga House has been used by the warriors during the great World War as shelter and hiding place. Ok what else?

Ganga House on Alab, Bontoc

Ganga Pig Pen


What about this? Well I have to tell you this is a real pig pen now ruined (by the pigs that used to live here for merry-making). It is weird (based on the concepts of the modern world) why people those days immemorial have to build pig pens at the steep part of the mountain that requires 2-3 hours of hiking. Hmmm... How I wish those pigs have burial grounds too and see their piggy skeletons and tag them "prehistoric pigs." Why not?!

But definitely, this ruin has nothing to do with the great ruins of Angkor Wat, definitely. Still, it is significant because it is an ancient mark, an evidence of prehistoric civilization. The trek continues...

Ganga House on Alab, Bontoc

...about to finish the expedition


After seeing the Ganga House and the Ganga Pig Pen (spots that archeologists and curious explorers should not overlook onto), we are already trekking on our way down to the exit point. This will take us about an hour or more than an hour if you are slow (Note: it could be up to 24 hours if you are sprained and there's no one out there to help). Warning: It could be up to one week if you are trekking with severe arthritis. Hire someone to carry you to at least cut the time 5 days shorter.

As we go down the trail, I noticed stone formations that I believe, not naturally-formed. There must be a human intervention for this. Please help me identify which is which through a mid-term exam below in multiple choice form.

Ganga House on Alab, Bontoc

Lion head: (a) natural (b) man-made (c) all of the above (d) none applies

Ganga House on Alab, Bontoc

Bust-shaped stone __ Bontoc (Fill in the Blank)

(a) of (b) Jeane Napoles (c) 2 ways to loss weight (d) ways to cure bad breathe

Ganga House on Alab, Bontoc

Towering pine trees: (a) true (b) false (c) trulse (d) Tapatan with Tonying!


I asked my guide if those are natural or man-made but she wasn't able to answer my question. For me, there must be someone responsible for those rocks piled over the other forming obvious shapes and forms.

I am leaving Mt. Data now and soon the village of Alab Oriente. I have written 7 articles for this mystical ancient village. 

Saying goodbye to Mt. Data: an ambiance of Goodbye :(

I love you, goodbye.

That rock out there, is one of the burial caves.


I have learned a lot from this prehistoric hinterland. I will forever cherish the people I met and the knowledge I acquired. And for Part (8), I'm going to share the best human encounters in Alab Oriente and how they welcomed me with open arms. I miss them. I love them. I sure will be back here :( /to be continued...

*ALAB ORIENTE DOCUMENTARIES SUB-SERIES | 1

Alab Oriente, Bontoc | An Ancient Village with Sacred Grounds

TEASER: "Prehistoric mountain dwellers inhabited this place leaving a mark that became an evidence of their existence."
| 2

Mt. Gotong, Mt. Data | Hiking the Mountains of Myths and Urban Legends

TEASER:"...there is still a little regret in me that I didn't just even notice the summit of the first real mountain I ever climbed." / Photo: Photo: Mt. Gotong | Bontoc, Mountain Province
| 3

Alab Petroglyphs | Prehistoric Etchings, Mind-Boggling Patterns

TEASER: "It was carved inside a space of time from another dimension of civilization even far from the dawn of Christianity..."
| 4

Finding Shelter in Alab's Mt. Data: Happy Memories with Strangers

TEASER: "By time, I may forget them, so, I have to write a story about that experience that I may still remember those precious memories every time I do the recalling of happy moments."
| 5

Ganga Burial Caves | Mystical People, Mysterious Grave

TEASER: "I experienced goosebumps upon entering this area of dead bodies that made me feel I was in a different dimension."
| 6

Evidence of Jar Burial in the Philippines as seen in Bontoc

TEASER: "They left an evidence to let us know they once existed but the complete details on why they have to do this is a thing only known to them."
| 7 | 8

The Last Generation of Overt Igorots in the Cordilleras

TEASER: "Each second counts, and each second that has passed means losing another second of their generation."

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Evidence of Jar Burial in the Philippines as seen in Bontoc

TEASER: "They left an evidence to let us know they once existed but the complete details on why they have to do this is a thing only known to them."

Ganga Burial Caves | Mystical People, Mysterious Grave

TEASER: "I experienced goosebumps upon entering this area of dead bodies that made me feel I was in a different dimension."

Alab Petroglyphs | Prehistoric Etchings, Mind-Boggling Patterns

TEASER: "It was carved inside a space of time from another dimension of civilization even far from the dawn of Christianity..."

Alab Oriente, Bontoc | An Ancient Village with Sacred Grounds

TEASER: "Prehistoric mountain dwellers inhabited this place leaving a mark that became an evidence of their existence."

FAROLA LIGHTHOUSE | How Ilocos is Linked to Belgium

TEASER: "Appreciation of our great history and heritage does not need to be embodied to grand structures because the greatest parts of the past were built from small details."

Tagudin Church and Belfry | Of Augustinian, Greek and Baroque Style

TEASER: "The church has been restored several times since but the original appearance is maintained."

Tagudin Sundial | The First Sundial in the Philippines

TEASER: "Tagudin Sundial, being the oldest sundial in the Philippines is the only sundial used by the Spaniards during their era in the country."

Tangadan Tunnel of Abra | Decoding the Mystery of the Symbolisms

TEASER: "I swear, there is no such thing as mystery because there is a reason for everything but for me, those horse-symbolisms are mysterious still being unable to investigate the real meaning of it."

comment 17 #TownFolks Commented :

Franc Ramon on August 18, 2013 at 11:49 AM said...

There's just something mystical about post like this that ties up with the past and of course, the natural beauty of nature.

Edmar TownExplorer on August 18, 2013 at 4:01 PM said...

Franc Ramon | ...and to add with that, nature is the best witness and the only element to make us understand the mysteries :D

Raine Pal on August 18, 2013 at 4:23 PM said...

Hahahahaha..natawa nman ako sa multiple choice mo, isali ba si Napoles? lol..hahahahaha..Well anyway even if you are asking and asking about your trekking life in Ganga House, I also have a weird question in my mind. Is there a big "SAWA" living inside the Ganga House now? Are you not afraid getting in? considering that the house is a prehistoric landmark by our great tribes. And about the rock formation, so eery especially the one with a facial shape.

Edmar TownExplorer on August 18, 2013 at 5:29 PM said...

Raine Pal | So far so good, wala naman! And hindi naman siya nakakatakot, kung nakaya ko ang burial cave, eto pa kaya! LOLS!

lencilicious on August 19, 2013 at 1:45 AM said...

I told my husband that I want to explore the northern part of our country someday. And this place is a sure one to visit. Thanks for sharing this.

Rochkirstin Santos on August 19, 2013 at 8:17 AM said...

What a well-written article. This place is a good site for shooting films and TV series.

musings on meanderings on August 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM said...

this place looks creepy in a very good way. thanks for taking those of us who are not as mobile and equip for a visit to this lovely place. hopefully i get to see it upclose one day!

Maria Teresa Figuerres on August 19, 2013 at 6:05 PM said...

What an exciting adventure you had out there! I love reading other people's adventures, but I lack the courage to go out there and see things for myself.

Edmar TownExplorer on August 19, 2013 at 8:38 PM said...

lencilicious | Jope you could be there too someday! ;)

Edmar TownExplorer on August 19, 2013 at 8:42 PM said...

Rochkirstin Santos | It could be good, that would depend on the concept of the movie, I guess :D

Edmar TownExplorer on August 19, 2013 at 8:52 PM said...

musings on meanderings | I consider your comment sweet. hehe. Thank you din po!

Edmar TownExplorer on August 19, 2013 at 8:56 PM said...

Maria Teresa Figuerres | We all have our own calling po, and there are things you can do po that I can't do :)

Traveling Morion on August 19, 2013 at 11:17 PM said...

(a) of (b) Jeane Napoles (c) 2 ways to loss weight (d) ways to cure bad breathe HAHAHA natawa naman ako dito bro! Very interesting yung Ganga House bro - ikaw na ang the Pinoy Explorer ng Norte :)

Edmar TownExplorer on August 20, 2013 at 4:43 PM said...

Traveling Morion | Hehe.. wala lang masulat eh. LOLS!

ralph on August 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM said...

maybe it's a tough way going to these place... but refreshing... thanks to some valuable info about ganga caves. Yahweh bless.

damayna on August 29, 2013 at 12:58 PM said...

i grew up in Alab Oriente. looking at it through the eyes of a visitor, what i considered ordinary became extra-ordinary, mysterious, exciting, wonderful, fantastic, mystic, marvelous, amazing... Thank you for your visit. looking forward to your last post (#8).

Edmar TownExplorer on August 29, 2013 at 8:33 PM said...

damayna | Thank you for the great words! Well, the 8th post is done by the way. Thanks for the interest :) Good day!

Here is the link: http://www.edmaration.com/2013/08/the-last-generation-of-overt-igorot.html

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