100 Days Journey

Day 18: Sagada’s Porn Cave

The Porn Cave

Other than the somehow-legalized weed, people go to Sagada to see the unique culture of Igorot’s burial. We entered Lumiang cave, full of wooden coffins, some plain and some with designs such as lizard or boatmen. These coffins cylindrical in shape measures between 3-5 feet, enclosed with a thick sheet of pinewood and locked by a wooden nail. They are not as long as the coffins of today as the dead are buried legs tucked into the body in a fetal position. This kind of practice is believed to be from 200 years ago not seen anywhere in the entire country but has similarities with some tribes in China and Indonesia. The coffins here are different from the hanging coffins just outside the cliffs, the ones here were stacked on top of each other just near the mouth of the cave. They did this so that the spirits of the dead can easily come out. The place was eerie and if not for some other tourists’s noise starting to do the cave connection, I would not stay and take more photos.

Sagada Lumiang Burial Cave

Sagada’s Lumiang Burial Cave

We then walked for about a mile to start our cave tour at Sumaguing. I’m not really into spelunking. I don’t know why but I guess I just don’t want to walk into the dark for 4-5hours. I fear darkness just like most people do. But there is something in darkness that we need to learn and only in darkness can we see the light within ourselves.

Sumaguing Cave

Sumaguing Cave. The start of spelunking activities

I forgot all the rock formations that our guide told us except for the King, Queen, Prince and Princess. This is the reason why I called this “Porn Cave.”

Sagada Porn Cave

The tour ended just before lunch so we still have some time to see the Rice Terraces on our way back to town proper. After lunch, I and Jell decided to see Sagada Weaving, St. Mary the Virgin Church and Echo Valley which took us about 30minutes to locate because of lacking road signs and the cemetery where the yearly Panag-apoy festival is held. After the quick do-it-yourself tour of Sagada, we saw a freshy-baked carrot pie which was good enough for two. We paired it with coffee and waited for the nightfall before we returned to Lemon Pie House, we love it there because its cozy, the staff are cool and of course the free wi-fi.

We ended the day with a yucky tasting bugnay wine (its not from Adams) and called it a night. Jelly was contemplating if she would go back to Manila or extend her weekend to join me at Batad Rice Terraces. She must have save a lot of money as she traveling with me.

Route: Sagada, Mt. Province

Expenses for Today: Php 294

150- guide (Php500/guide good for 4pax)
19- brownies
25- banana cake
50- wine
50- pie and tea
Php 294

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Day 18: Sagada’s Porn Cave

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Day 18: Sagada’s Porn Cave January 20, 2015


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