Archive of ‘Recreation’ category

Video: Our Trip to The Cordilleras

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If you want to visit The Cordilleras and are wondering where to go, check out the video below!  As you’ll see in the video, we spent the most part in Sagada, Mountain Province! You’ll also notice that I’m not in the cave scenes — I didn’t go because I was too scared, haha.  Instead, I spent it exploring the town proper and meeting some new people.  Will tell you about it later but first, do watch the video!

Thankful to have a friend who documents everything and compiles them into awesome videos.  Thanks, Gian, for this! :)

Video courtesy of Gian Ramos! :)

Now, here are some of the other things that I enjoyed which weren’t highlighted in the video:

The Bulul, the guardians of the Ifugao rice granaries (Banaue)

The Bulul, the guardians of the Ifugao rice granaries (Banaue)

A pocket of the Special Education (SPED) classroom

A pocket of the Special Education (SPED) classroom

My new friend!!! Her Igorot name is Ban-ay while her Christian name is Raisa! Played with her when I was too manang to go to the caves! She's sooo cute!

My new friend!!! Her Igorot name is Ban-ay while her Christian name is Raisa! Played with her when I was too manang to go to the caves with my friends! She’s sooo cute!

Sagada was host to an international event, the Gongs and Bamboo Music Festival! Different reps from ASEAN countries celebrated ethnic music and showcased Southeast Asian cultural values and traditions. I just love the Vietnamese national costume (in photo)!

Sagada was host to an international event, the Gongs and Bamboo Music Festival! Different reps from ASEAN countries celebrated ethnic music and showcased Southeast Asian cultural values and traditions. I just love the Vietnamese national costume (in photo)!

Amazing how so much culture is still being preserved up north.  Oh Philippines, you are beautiful. <3

Let’s Help the Sagada Community this Christmas!

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Sagada has always been known for its beautiful mountains, its cold weather, its pottery and weaving, and the risky yet fun activities that it has to offer!  This year, it became even more popular among us Filipinos with the That Thing Called Tadhana movie.  But what many people don’t know is that the Sagada community recently achieved an important milestone — the launch of its first-ever Special Education (SPED) Program!

The SPED classroom in Sagada

The SPED classroom in Sagada

A couple of weeks ago, my friends and I went on a Cordillera vacation, with Sagada being the place where we spent most time in.  I was too manang to go caving one afternoon and decided to just stay behind and roam around the town proper.  There I discovered the new SPED classroom which was just opened first week of November.  I met the teachers and some parents who were about to start a PTA meeting.

Sagada has a total of 37 special children and for the longest time, these kids weren’t going to school.  Thanks for the joint efforts of the parents, counselors, and with the help of the Center for Possibilities, they were able to make the SPED program happen and are currently able to send 18 special children to school!

While launching the SPED program is a feat for the Sagada community, they are still lacking in some necessities such as IDs, uniforms, and school supplies.  Also, the 19 other kids currently cannot go to school due to physical incapacity and they are still looking for transportation that can help bring them to the classroom.  This is why Sara Calang-ad (the teacher) and the parents are selling Christmas cards to raise funds.

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With Sara Calang-ad, the SPED teacher in Sagada.  Been in touch with her ever since our trip and this was taken last weekend during her visit to Manila.  This was also when she gave me the cards for selling. :)

With Sara Calang-ad, the SPED teacher in Sagada. Been in touch with her ever since our trip and this was taken last weekend during her visit to Manila. This was also when she gave me the cards for selling. :)

These cards are works of art of the special students and can be bought from me at Php 50. Everyone deserves a good education and no one should be left behind, no matter what condition they are facing or how far up north they live. :)

For more details, just comment below or message me on Facebook. :)

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