The first morning after arriving in Sagada, we took a trip down to Sagada Municipal Tourist Information Center to find out more information regarding Whang Od. We were hoping we can find a familiar local who can tell us how we can get there and find her (without getting lost again). Unfortunately, no one was able to help us and, it seemed like we had to shelf our plans to see Whang Od and get a tattoo from her this time this trip.
Moving on with great disappointment, we went to see the Pidlisan (Fidelisan) Rice Terrace and Bomod-Ok Falls, the must-see when in Sagada…
[SAGADA | PHILIPPINES APRIL/MAY 2017]
29 APRIL 2017
PIDLISAN (FIDELISAN) RICE TERRACE & BOMOD-OK FALLS
We drove over to the Banga-an Information Centre located by the entrance to Saint Matthew’s Church and its car park to register ourselves, hire a guide (mandatory) and rent ourselves some life vests for the swim at the Bomod-Ok Falls later on.
It was a long but easy downhill walk down, cruising through the scenic Pidlisan (Fidelisan) Rice Terrace, to the Falls…
The sky was clear and, the sun was scorching that morning, so hot that I had a sunburn on my wrist where it was most exposed to the sun when I hold the walking stick. But, the Mountain Province and Sagada are famous for their rice terraces and fields.
And as I mentioned earlier, the view was so scenic that it was difficult not to stop and take a photo or two every now and then that it took us quite some time to arrive at the Falls eventually. 😅
It was already crowded when we arrived but, we wasted no time to jump right into the swimming hole to cool down after the walk and were resistant to get out the lovely cold waters and hoped to stay for the rest of the day. But, our guide suggested that we should get going after a long while and say goodbye to the place we nicknamed the LV Falls (spot the logo in the photo above) because the crowd will only build up further.
So, the time has come for us to face the reality of the opposite of the easy downhill walk. Everyone in the group literally died after the uphill walk back to the Banga-an Information Centre. I clocked 136 storeys on my tracker if you need a gauge and, I think this is the last time my friends will let me plan an itinerary. Oops!
We end up splitting ways on our way up back from the Falls after a while since each of us had a different pace. We caught up with each other at the sari-sari store near the Information Centre with instant pancit canton and a handful of local, ultra sweet and fresh tomatoes to conclude to our little adventure to the rice terraces and falls that morning.
More posts from Sagada | Philippines April/May 2017 travelogue series:
- Getting there on the long winding road…
- Pidlisan (Fidelisan) Rice Terrace & Bomod-Ok Falls
- Echo Valley & Hanging Coffins (Coming soon~)
- Bayyo Rice Terraces (Coming soon~)
- Vigan City (Coming soon~)