A mountain province, is located about 275 km north of Manila, it takes at least 12–15 hours to reach Sagada by Bus, it is famous for its “hanging coffins”. This is a traditional way of burying people that is still utilised today, an ancient funeral custom of some minority groups, Coffins of various shapes were mostly carved from one whole piece of wood.
Hanging coffins either lie on beams projecting outward from vertical faces such as mountains, are placed in caves in the face of cliffs, or sit on natural rock projections on mountain faces.
It was said that the hanging coffins could prevent bodies from being taken by beasts and also bless the soul eternally.
Not everyone qualified to be buried this way; among other things, one had to have been married and had grandchildren.
If you want to find a quiet place with no pollution to relax you should go to Sagada. It’s a tranquil mountain top town with a great scenery where you won´t find any karaoke bars, discos or big hotels. In the off season you’ll find a unique place with almost no tourists, nice people, good food and coffee and other products from the region. You really shouldn’t miss this place.
Sagada also has other many natural wonders. Backpackers and tourists can enjoy the waters of Bokong and Bomod-ok Falls. Other places that can be visited are:
Sumaguing and Lumiang Caves
Bomod-ok and Bokong Falls
Popular activities include trekking, exploring both caves and waterfalls, spelunking, bonfires, picnics, rappelling, visiting historical sites, nature hikes, and participating in tribal celebrations.
Sagada was featured in an episode of “Locked Up Abroad”.
There are Limestone mountains throughout Sagada. This part of Luzon Island used to be submerged in the ocean billions of years ago. In fact, some fossilized sea shells can be found on the walls of Sumaguing Cave. A marvellous place to see limestone within its beauty’s.