3 provinces, 3 girls, 3 days and 3 nights
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we took the manila-banawe-bontoc route to get to sagada. we decided to travel at night so we could sleep inside the bus and arrive at banawe (ifugao) by sunrise. we took the florida bus located at sampaloc, manila just across university of sto. tomas. it costs around 450php and will take around 8 hours from manila to banawe. taking the banawe route is actually a side trip if you guys would want to explore more and see the batad, another cultural community in ifugao. i've already visited this place during college for a research paper and since it is still a 2 hour drive from banawe, we decided to just drop by for breakfast and find another means to get us to sagada. luckily, during breakfast we found other groups of people who wanted to go to sagada and suggested that we (10 of us) rent one jeep that will take us to sagada for another 4 hours and we paid around 200 pesos each.
at sagada, we stayed at churya-a inn which is quite far from the municipal hall, around 10-15 minutes walk uphill. =) amount would be around 1000 per room per night. the room is just enough for us three petite girls and we also have our own bathroom inside the room.
we went to sagada's tourism office to ask for a tour guide that would take us to cave connection that afternoon and to bomod-ok falls the day after. quite pricey but worth it. i forgot his name but he was nice and really had good knowledge on culture and stuff. he even jokes around and gives us ifugao lessons while crawling or while getting us up inside the cave by rope. nice muscles kuya! he's just quiet most of the time and gives us lectures in a matter-of-fact tone but give the best and on time punchlines.
we took the sagada-baguio route on the manila, which is another place to see but since we're all baguio babies, we stayed in baguio just for a few hours before boarding a bus to manila. with just a few hours within our hands, we went to the market, had some coffee and crepes at picarre (i love picarre!).
it was around 12midnight when we arrived at manila with tired heads yet fulfilled ones!