It took me 5 waking-up-at-night events, moderate to severe anxiety, 3 sleepless nights in my hotel in Bontoc and Sagada (tourist towns of Mt. Province) and 7 rounds of mild acute panic attacks in the four corners of my cheap hotel room before I was able to convince myself to pursue this dream destination.
Scenic Bontoc-Tabuk Road: Near Sadanga-Tinglayan Boundary
#BONTOCFAST FACTS: The capital town of Mountain Province, #Bontoc hosts majestic ancestral rice terraces, a prehistoric village, burial caves and the melting pot of culture in the province. / Photo: Palali Rice Terraces @ Alab Oriente, Bontoc under the dawn was devoid of noisy vehicles making me feel I owned the street. I walked along the street on my way to the area where mini-buses bound for Kalinga are parked. It was an unhealthy cardiovascular work out for a sleepless solo backpacker in the person of me. I saw several people who are early birds at the town market wearing bonnets and thick jackets probably ukay-ukay.
Bontoc-Tabuk Road: Sadanga, Mt. Province Segment
I was the first person to enter the bus bound for KALINGA
KALINGAFAST FACTS: Kalinga is believed to be the home of the last headhunters of the Cordilleras.
Photo: Bugnay Village @ Tinglayan, Kalinga Province. I took the front seat just behind the driver. This will be my first time to enter the land of the last headhunters, for real.
Someday, I'll also backpack here with my motorbike
#SADANGAFAST FACTS: #Sadanga is located north of the capital town of #Bontoc and south of the Kalinga town of #Tinglayan. It is believed to be the town of the early elites of Mt. Province.
Photo: Bekigan Rice Terraces @ Sadanga, Mt. Province, the last town before Kalinga was a journey of both extremes - extremely beautiful vistas and extremely dangerous route.
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Photo: Bugnay Rice Terraces @ Tinglayan, Kalinga. Some rice paddies have been concreted to become a road. Should I wish to snap a photo, it was just not easy to get a good angle.
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A Grand welcome in Kalinga, finally!
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