A Philippine Comedy of Errors: Part Eight

Coffins stacked at the mouth of Lumiang Cave in Sagada,   Philippines

Coffins stacked at the mouth of Lumiang Cave in Sagada, Philippines

Continued from
A Philippine Comedy of Errors: Part Seven

 

The journey to Sagada (“sah-gah-dah”), a lushly green, diesel-choked and crowded Mountain Province village about 90 minutes north of Banaue is stunning, winding and pretty much paved, save for that last gutted bit up the hill to town.

It’s famed for its large network of caves, as well as area residents’ unusual practice of hanging their dead relatives’ coffins from the faces of cliffs.

Sadly for me, though, neither was as exciting as it may sound. 

But dog packs barking into an echoing valley, paired with chickens squawking, couples fighting and drunken soccer match-watching did make for a heady brew of a sleepless night.  [Read more…]