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A Philippines Travel Destination Street Dancing Festival the 13th Lang-Ay

Philippines Travel Destination Street Dancing Festival


Last year, my photography colleague and founder of Mukha Ng Baguio, (MnB) Pogz, myself and MnB colleagues attempted a Mukha ng Cordillera cultural photo-documentation of the Lang-ay Festival and was met with lots of unforeseen circumstances, conflicts of schedule, and the untimely demise of Mountain Province‘s Honorable Governor Leonard Mayaen on March 31, 2016, prompted the organizers of the Lang-ay Festival to reconsider the schedule of events in the province’s festival for 2017. This is one of my journeys to the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) which is not undertaken solo. I remember way back when I was working with the government NEDA-CAR and DTI-CAR that I frequent CAR (Abra, Benguet, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Kalinga and Apayao) but strictly on a business affair and I was not into photography. Little did I know that I was somewhat pre-destined to photo-document these culture-rich destinations.

S I D E   S C E N E S

January this year, we at MnB were in a must do it or we’re still just writing on water planning scenario. Time is our friend and when everything got whittled down and ended up with a six man and 1 woman photo-documentation team composed of a full-time journalist (Harley), two full-time professional photographers (Ric & Elicon), a full-time businessmen (Pogz)  and his staff (Victor), a full-time driver (Remm), and myself who all traveled in a van for a one night weekend to Bontoc, Mountain Province. We left Baguio City very early Saturday morning and around 5:40 a.m (Ric) declared a mandatory alkaline drain pitstop or pee-stop for all the guys. It was also a perfect side scene opportunity to test our acclimatized DSLR cameras.
Man Dawn Besao
Morning dawn was in its forward tic tac uninterrupted motions whilst we were all physically on the road. There was no vehicle traffic and as if we had the whole road all to ourselves to enjoy. The soliloquy talkative side of me kept mumbling that I take calculated underexposed images and I took the risk. I trusted my gut feel avoided middle exposure the shot right the skylight would not turn out right. The risks paid off and I was able to come up with this image dubbed “Man Dawn” which is the interplay of single human element leading lines of water PVC tubings/pipings, landscape, and hazy atmosphere and most importantly nature’s ambient light.
Morning Has Broken at Besao-Panabungen Road

Speaking of light which got me to this another image dubbed “Morning Has Broken at Besao“. To be more exact that was at  Besao-Panabungen Road, Mountain Province where we stopped. A well spent time on a side scene.  


breakfast quote The Mansion unquote
Saturday at 8:07 a.m. we took a quick stop and  thanks to the courtesy and hospitality of his Honorable Governor Bonifacio Calde Lacwasan Jr. who sponsored the breakfast at the “the Mansion” to all journalists/media covering the Lang-ay. Harley’s foresight makes him a gifted psychic for predicting the outcomes that having breakfast at the Local Gov’t Unit (LGU) dig was faster rather than waiting for breakfast at the hotel we checked in. I also made sure that I got started first with a hot drink of locally home brewed caffeine-rich black coffee and that kept me wide awake. The festive colored tarpaulin banner left me  surprised to know that there are many hidden travel destinations which are awaiting to be discovered here in the Mountain Provinces.
  •  Lake Tufob (Charol, Barlig);
  •  Layaan Burial Cave (Poblacion, Bauko);
  •  Besao Sunset (Kin-iway, Besao);
  •  Kaman-Utek (Balili, Bontoc);
  •  Tonglayan Rice Terraces (Tonglayan, Natonin);
  •  Mabarotbot “Bubbling Mud” (Bantay, Paracelis);
  •  Dagiwdiw Rice Terraces (Poblacion, Sabangan);
  •  Anabel Rice Terraces (Anabel, Sadanga);
  •  Sumaguing Cave (Suyo, Sagada); and
  •  Gawaan Lake (Besao, Tadian).
Time was of the essence and I and my buddies got to the nearest hotel and left our pieces of baggage and instantly freshened up. Good photography habits develop throughout time and that I and my photographer companions informally and naturally take seriously Behind-the-Scenes images especially pre-parade images where the participants are in assembly, relaxed mode, no sweating and adrenalin induced scenes yet. Just all being them ready for candid or posed shots.

W O R D   U P

“Lang-ay” by the way is a yearly fellowship of Mountain Province which is comprised of ten municipalities namely: Barlig, Bauko, Besao, Bontoc, Natonin, Paracelis, Sabangan, Sadanga, Sagada and Tadian. 
Behind the scenes young kid sitting bontoc cultural parade participant

Lang-ay is a native term which means to celebrate the unique individuality in a confluence of the ten municipalities of Mountain Province which involves  a performance of cañao ceremony with activities involving sacrificial offering of locally produced indigenous brewed rice wine called tapuy and home-bred pigs and if by luck mountain boar and chicken are all gracefully/peacefully butchered, rice stalk harvests and prayers/incantations/invocations  to Kabunian/God is also performed.

P R E – P A R A D E

Behind the Scenes Young Excited Cultural Parade Participant  Young and Smiling Cultural Parade Participant

Anyone can instantly absorb and sense the tone and positive vibrations of the morning’s Lang-ay festival with all of these young and exuberant and excited Lang-Ay 2017 Cultural Parade participants kidding around, light moments with their peers.

Young Adolescent and Smiling Cultural Parade Participant
Youth Young Pride of Place Cultural Parade Participant
The waiting game is like being inside an eye of a storm. Lang-ay is steeped with the high regard to universal human virtues in its traditional homegrown ways which include respect, hospitality, generosity, unity, camaraderie. This year’s Lang-Ay 2017 Festival highlights the remembrance of its warring past, situating the peaceful present and fostering the cultural integrity of Mountain Province for incoming generations and the blessings and abundance of the future.
 Rice Harvest Basket Cultural Parade Participant  Rice Harvest Basket Two Cultural Parade Participant  Three Rice Harvest Baskets Cultural Parade Participant
Rice stalks in rice woven rice baskets signify big yield, abundance, bountiful blessings … One basket…two baskets … three baskets full of golden rice harvest… All which are ready for the cultural parade.
Rice Kidding Aside Harvest Cultural Parade Participant
Click! My camera locked its focus as I took the  images. She’s (one of the Mt. Province Lang-Ay youth street dance/parade performers) who was kinda shy at first but with kindness and respect plus “suggestive coaching”, I got the shots. Her friends also gave approval. The subtle part here is to focus on is what they are wearing … the colors of hand woven tapis cloth and their demeanor... An honest to goodness, down to earth cultural indigenous Filipino pride.
 Rice Baskets Line Harvest Cultural Parade Participant  Rice Harvest Cultural Parade Participants  Rice Harvest Cultural Parade Participant Display
Here’s a more random of harvested rice stalks and Mountain Province weaves. Walking barefoot is a natural cultural practice.
Warm Motherly Duo Smiles Cultural Parade Participants Rice No Kidding Harvest Cultural Parade Participants

I’ve been documenting “pseudo-cultural commercial celebrations” in our city for years, however, this is my first time to photo-document document the real deal, authentic celebration coming from Cordillera Regions. The first was with La Trinidad Benguet’s Strawberry Festivals and also my first personal photo documenting with the Philippines Travel Destination Street Dancing Festival 13th Lang-Ay Bontoc, Mountain Province, Cordillera Administrative Region.

The Sweetest and Warmest Smile in Bontoc Mountain Province

Proof to the satisfaction of eating a pudding is that the cultural parade has not yet started and the participant’s smiles are very warm and guaranteed to melt the heart. This makes Lang-ay one of the difference amongst other festivals.

I was informed by a lady Bontoc local lady who is an expert and who supervised almost all Lang-Ay Festivals is that, the  Mountain Province municipalities bring forth to the annual festival their unique newness in many aspects – performances, choreography, teamwork, strength, unity, cooperation, etc. This dedication and commitment from the participating municipalities can be felt and seen by festival guests, tourists, visitors, and community as a whole.

Literally Snake Cartilage Necklace Cultural Parade Participant
Unseen and one of a kind cultural heirlooms or native embellishments come out for display as a pride of culture. Snake cartilages, boar tusks, wild animal fangs, hundred-year-old hand woven cloth (G-strings, tapis) headdress, woven bags “pasiking”, gangsa/gongs,  with human skeleton parts holders, wooden drums or solibao, etc., ….. handmade tribal weapons … shields, spears, battle axes, swords, etc., 
Vegetable Stalks Harvest Cultural Parade Participant
I was surprised that there exists minimalism in indigenous cultural festivals as I paid more attention to what is being presented to my mind’s eye. I did not over analyze but  I just made the composition with my camera. No struggle. Here’s a version of a “Footloose extract”
C U L T U R E   P R I D E   P A R A D E
Cultural Parade Participants Our Tribe The Gangsa Sounds
The confluence of Mountain Province’s diverse culture, traditions takes center stage in a grand street parade at Bontoc with the only rhythmic music of the danceable beat of the gangsa “gong” and solibao.
Cultural Parade To the Sound of the Gangsa and Solibao
Playing with shadows as abstract image expressions
Cultural Parade Participants Our Tribe Spears and Shields
I just did not have the luxury of time to change to a more wide angle (11-16mm). I didn’t budge and glued to the use of 18-35mm lens with my DX format camera. The dynamic nature of parades characterized as very fast changing and so I just focused my mind to capture with composition as i moved along with it.
Cultural Parade Participants Our Indigenous Women Tribe
We Got Your Backs Covered
 Woven Basket Ladies Dance and Balance  Sagada Primary Placard Group
 Our Tribe Bang a Gong  Gangsa Line Follow the Gong Dancer Leader
 Broom Head Ladies Broom Head Ladies Upclose
Parade Participant with a heavy Wooden Rice Pound
Solibao Player Upclose  Woven Basket Ladies Up Closer
Dash and Balance  Besao Young and Old The Meeting
 Municipality Dance Formations  Besao Placard Bearers  13th Lang-Ay Festival Behind the Scenes Cultural Parade Dancing Forward
Cultural Parade Spectators
 Barlig Placard Bearers
Dancing in the Streets
Dancing in the Streets Upclose
Change Places Gong Dance  Stationary Street Dance and Gongs Street Dance Formations and Motions
 Woven Rice Basket Woman Motions  Grandma Can Dance Time amd Tested Unbeatable
Cordilleran Indigenous Tapis Weaves and Rice Stalk Harvest Dance
 13th Lang-Ay Festival Behind the Scenes Cultural Parade Indigenous Headress  Grandma is An Excellent Indigenous Dancer Time Tested Traditions
Age Like Wine Spear of Destiny Granda Excellent Indigenous Dance
Indigenous Street Dance Municipality Presentations
Indigenous Cultural Parade Street Dance Municipality Presentations
Cultural Parade Indigenous Street Dancing Municipality Presenations
Indigenous Parade Man with Assorted Small Woven Bags
Young Boy Indigenous Street Dancer Carrying Heavy River Stone Woven Fish Catcher
Warm Smiles Lady Tattoo Dance Indigenous Pride
Photo Tips:

Street Parade/Performances (street dance, floats, etc.,) require all your physical senses working well on a right here right now demand. I don’t wear earphones with MP3s that distracts my focus and one might get an accident taking images of incoming street dance/parade traffic. As Lang-ay presents indigenous and real deal sharp pointed spears, razor sharp axes, swords, the knives being held by the participants and the probability of getting hit with these implements are high when one’s hearing is engaged with music or if your gear gets hit or both you and your gear, it’s a bloody mess. Sometimes, fatal even and it might cost one his/her life. Always stay within safe shooting distance from the performers.

Shoot – Transition and Move. Don’t hug the “frame” as other photographers are also taking photos at your back. Be considerate for other shooters. Shoot confidently and fast.  More tips coming your way. Keep posted.

Highlights of the upcoming  Part 2/2 (in the works) of Philippines Travel Destination Street Dancing Festival 13th Lang-Ay Bontoc, Mountain Province :
> The After Parade Behind the Scenes;
> Afternoon Public Cultural Indigenous Presentations; and
> 100 Gongs Evening Celebrations.


Self Portrature DSLR timed shot at Batad Rice Terraces Ifugao Philippines at the background

Do check out a summary of my selected North Luzon, Philippines Travel Destinations below 🙂

As a bonus, you can click my picture above to transport you to the Eight Wonder of the World.

c ya 🙂

Selected North Luzon Philippines Destinations

Palaui Island, Sta. Ana
Badoc Island
San Fernando


Banaue Bangaan Batad
Ampucao, Itogon
Harrison Road
Mines View
Baguio Century Totem
Outlook Drive
Wright Park Horse Stable Hill
Baguio City White House
Leonard Wood Road
Teachers’ Camp
Leonard Wood Road


A Guide to Mount Ulap Cloud Mountain Ampucao Itogon Benguet

Mount Ulap Mount Cloud
Name: Mt. Ulap or Cloud Mountain 

Jump Off: Ampucao Itogon Benguet
Exit Point: Sta. Fe Itogon Benguet
Elevation: 1846 MASL
Difficulty: 3/9 (according to Pinoy Mountaineer)
Features: Grassland and Pine ridges. Scenic views of the Cordilleras. Burial Caves.

Arrived here by jeepney ride at the crossing of Ampucao Barangay. Itogon, Benguet. 
Public utility jeepneys can be accessed at Lakandula Mercury Drug beside Baguio Center Mall, Baguio city. 
Fare Php31.00 going to Barangay Ampucao Elementary School
Friendly locals and playful dogs (they don’t bite unless provoked).
You won’t miss this sign … just follow …
A MUST! Once at the Ampucao Barangay Hall
Pay the environmental fee 
trek / guide fees 
As of Jan 2017

-Registration Fee Php100 

Guide Fee @ P600/5 pax- Php120/pax

Proceed to the starting point with your guide.
My first image of the trail. Err to the side of comfort and safety by traveling light. 
One DSLR camera (1 wide and 1 telephoto) …
Second stop over … You won’t miss this … 
 Also photo sessions / selfies,  (for posterity purposes, etc.)
Mount Cabuyao Tuba, Benguet Viewed from Mount Cloud
Whilst laying on the ground, i took a moment feeling the fallen pine needles, abundant ferns on the ground and just surrounded by Pine trees with the sound of cool wind passing through. Included taking the image the other trekkers enter the frame as I was enjoying a detached observer in this peaceful place.
Trekkers Over Cow Barricade 
Respect the cows grazing. 
Near Ambanaw Paway 1st Peak 1788 mASL 3.6 km
Uphill Climb
Benguet Views
Ampucao Itogon landscape views
Navigating downwards 
Whilst taking pockets of rest during the eco-trail trek, 
here’s a relaxing view which removes physical/mental “tiredness” away. 
Little House Mt. Ulap Cloud Mountain Ampucao Itogon Benguet 
Home Amongst Beautiful Scenery
More Mountains …
Ambanaw Paway 1st Peak 
1788 mASL 3.6 km 
Ampucao Itogon Benguet
Downhill then up again …
Mount Cabuyao (left) and Baguio City on the (right)
“Petrified” tree …
Mount Cabuyao (left) and Baguio City on the (right)
Mount Cloud Flora 
Meditation at Mount Cloud
Photo extract…
Balance …photo extract
Porter cum guide as local livelihood
Made it at the 2nd peak
 Eco-Trail Local Guide cum Porter Livelihood 
In this image are hardworking and skilled local mountain trek guides. There exists an association of local guides in Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet and this is one of the livelihoods where disposable income derived goes to family expenses, food, clothing, utilities, school allowance, etc., There were an estimated 100+ guides who assisted trekkers last Sunday’s trek.Local guides are indispensable partners when trekking mountains esp. for newbies. They make sure you follow trek rules/guidelines and most importantly begin and finish the trek safely.
Trekkers doing Posterity shoots …
Behind the scenes …

My personal photo-documentation 

When: 22 January 2017 
Unplanned trek … serendipity … 

A Photographer’s Guide to Mount Ulap Cloud Mountains Ampucao Itogon Benguet Part Two Going Back coming soon …


The Unconventional Guide to the 8th Wonder of the World

Batad Ifugao Rice Terraces

Here’s a solo travel guide for your stress-free and enjoyable adventure to the 8th Wonder of the World. 

From Center Mall to T Alonzo Baguio City Van Loading Area to Poblacion IfugaoBus rides are turtle paced with many stopovers so you must take a private van morning ride. These service vans are located at T. Alonzo. From Baguio Center Mall it would just be 1-5 minutes walk away. (Refer to the directional map below).From Center Mall to T Alonzo Baguio City Van Loading Area to Poblacion Ifugao

Take the Ambuklao to Poblacion, Ifugao van route which is 100% Safer & Faster Route! The name of Barangay Ambuklao was derived from an Ibaloi word “Benokdew” which means, up to the neck. The early settlers warned the people crossing the rivers to be careful because the water was deep up to the neck. You’ll get to pass by Ambuklao Dam at Bokod, Benguet along the way.

Definitely NO CLIFFHANGER Halsema deep ravine highway views. Just lots of beautiful mountain clad with green pine trees scenery from Ambuklao Highway to Bokod, Benguet.

Route: Baguio City – (via Ambuclao Road) – Bokod, Benguet Lamut, Ifugao – Kayapa – Aritao – Bambang – Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya – Solano – Bagabag – Lamut, Ifugao – Lagawe – Banaue – Batad (and vice-versa) Be sure to personally have your transportation reserved/booked a day before your ingress. First Come, first serve basis. I rode on this spanking brand new private service van which charges around Php 400 or $ 8.00 one way Baguio to Poblacion, Banaue. The travel takes around 5 hours inclusive of a 30-minutes one-time stop-over. Again, avoid the bus since it will take a slow crawl and you’ll arrive 6-7 hours.
Las Vegas Lodge and Restaurant Poblacion, Ifugao
Las Vegas Lodge and Restaurant Poblacion, Ifugao

Poblacion Ifugao Public MarketLas Vegas Lodge and Restaurant Poblacion, IfugaoIt was drizzling in the afternoon when I arrived at Poblacion, Ifugao and got myself settled at a nearby lodge dubbed “Las Vegas Lodge and Restaurant”. I made sure that I got to talk with the manager of the lodge and inquired if he knows of service contacts for affordable tricycle/motorcycle rental services. The lodge manager arranged for one. I rented one tricycle and cut a solid deal with the driver and made arrangements at the time the motorcycle driver will pick me up the next day that is, Immediately after sunrise. One tricycle can accommodate 3 passengers plus the driver. Perfect for backpacker couples.

Ifugao Jeepney Topload
By chance, a jeepney with a top load of passengers passed by the lodge. 

If you ride a jeepney, you won’t be able to make stops around the way and take quality landscape / human interest photos.

When in Ifugao, become a local. Adapt! 


Tam-An Terraces
Tam-An Terraces After the rain
Poblacion Ifugao Golden Sunset Going to Poblacion Public Market
Poblacion Ifugao Public Market
Poblacion Public Market
I arrived at Poblacion, Ifugao early to get myself settled at a nearby lodge. Whilst still early make sure to talk to the manager of the inn who knows of contacts for affordable tricycle/motorcycle rental. Cut the deal and make arrangements on what time the motorcycle driver will pick you up next day for your travel to Poblacion to Banaue Rice Terraces view decks then proceed to Bangaan and then back going to Saddle Point, Batad.
Having secured my next day transportation I walked to Poblacion Public Market. I was able to capture the golden sunset hour (my first time at Poblacion). After buying food at Poblacion Market, I took my supper around 7 p.m. at the Las Vegas lodge. Lights off at 8 p.m. Don’t forget to set your alarm clock active (mine’s set to full volume). 

I made it a habit to start the day by watching the sunrise and taking images of the moment. I woke up before the alarm blasted. 
To me, the start of seeing the 8th Wonder of the World definitely starts at dawn when landscape photography is like cliff hanger moment. If I fail, my trip is not worth it. Sudden death. I just get caught up in the moment and in awe of what Mother Nature presents.

You won’t miss passing by the hanging bridge coming from Poblacion Public Market going up to Banaue Rice Terraces. 

Banaue Saturday Community Street Market

On our way to the Banaue Rice Terraces view deck, my guide and I made a short stop at the Saturday Community Road market ….. 

Along Banaue Rice Terraces viewpoint is an early morning livelihood activity where the best locally Ifugao handmade crafts, produce, etc., takes place. Don’t even try to haggle for the price is affordable. It will not help the local people in uplifting the supply chain by haggling for lower prices. Support the booming trade by buying local Filipino products 
(Ifugao One Town, One Product) first. 

Don’t haggle! Buy the local products at their given retail price. ! Give credit and value the top class products/efforts of the hardworking people’s livelihood.

Next stop
 The “8th Wonder”
Banaue Rice Terraces Dyannara Viewpoint
Banaue Rice Terrace Dyanarra Viewpoint
Local Ifugao scooter boys
Three Ifugao Bululs Watching
Three Ifugao Bululs Watching Banaue Rice Terraces
Local Ifugao wooden scooter kids
Local Ifugao Scooter Kids
Powered only by the force of gravity, the home-made scooters reach speeds of 50 kph. Handmade, carved. The wooden scooter has long been the preferred means of transportation for Ifugao (Philippine for “people of the hill) in Banaue and is still used today, as a cheaper alternative to gas-powered motorcycles and scooters. They were created centuries ago to help people travel downhill faster. The men-folk had to walk up the surrounding hills almost every day to gather firewood and tend to their rice crops, and carrying the load back down was an exhausting task that took them hours to complete. People started making light scooters almost entirely out of wood and pushed them uphill whenever they had something to transport back to their village. At the top, they would simply strap the load on both sides of the vehicle and let gravity take them back down in a matter of minutes. In time, making wooden scooters became an art form, and masters of the craft began decorating them with all kinds of designs, from local animals and birds to human heads.
Don’t start talking/playing around the three black bululs (middle picture above) or else you invite trouble/misfortune. The Bululs are not just symbols of fertility but they assume guardianship of the rice terraces. 
Little Ifugao girl loving the sun's warmth

On my way to Bangaan Rice Terraces, i by chance saw this girl soaking under the early morning sun. 
The weather was perfect. 

The “8th Wonder”


The “8th Wonder”

One BANGA-AN Village & Terraces morning
Banga-an Rice Terrace is located 14km away from Banaue Town (Poblacion). One can travel by jeepney or motor tricycle. There are fewer tourists here than Batad. The Bangaan Rice Terraces (BRT) in the municipality of Banaue is inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
BANGA-AN Village & Terraces morning BANGA-AN Village & Terraces morning BANGA-AN Village morning children playing
Hire a porter to carry your water/beverage supply / extra bags/backpack/luggage.
Make a deal when at the Saddle Point with the motorcycle/tricycle driver to pick you up when you go home.
Don’t be a scrooge. Reward generously hard working local porters/guides.
Hire a guide who also agrees as a porter. That’s double pay. No short changing.
Bad karma, begets hundred-fold misfortunes.

The “8th Wonder”

Batad Rice Terraces Golden Rice Harvest Batad Rice Terraces Ifugao Women Golden Rice Harvest Batad Rice Terraces Ifugao Golden Rice Stalks My First Touch
With the oldest living woman in Batad
Oldest woman of Batad
Batad Rice Terraces Golden Harvest
Ifugao child during golden harvest
Batad Rice Terraces Golden Harvest
Ifugao children during a golden harvest
Batad Rice Stalk Harvest
Ifugao Batad rice Terraces
Ifugao Batad rice Terraces
Ifugao Father Carrying Rice Stalk Harvest with son and daughter

Leave Tappiyah falls before it rains. The danger of rolling mountain rocks becomes imminent.
Life or death. Always Heed Local Ifugao Guides’ Advice.
Batad Bane Ifugao Tappiyah Waterfalls

Tappiyah falls Sari-Sari Store
Tappiyah falls Sari-Sari Store
Batad Rice Terraces Fog Banks and Rainy Mood
Batad Rice Terraces Fog Banks and Afternoon Rainy Mood
Batad Rice Terraces Fog Banks and Afternoon Rainy Mood

Always make it a point to head back to your inn/lodge before dark.
Never leave without an umbrella/raincoat. It rains in the afternoon.
without a guide never attempt to go to Tappiyah Falls / Terraces.

Ifugao Dance Presentation by Locals

Ifugao Dance Presentation by Locals
(Sunday Egress)
Good Morning Batad Rice Terraces 
Good Morning Batad Rice Terraces
Good Morning Batad Rice Terraces 

Good Morning Batad Rice Terraces


Saddle Point Terraces

Saddleback! It’s gonna be another challenging walk up to Saddle Point.

Another BATAD “bah-TAHD” Rice Terraces + Saddle Point ( Most Upper Right, far end slope) 

Much fun/challenge awaits when one goes back up to the Saddle Point. 

It’s either you:
> top load by riding a jeepney or 
> trek by foot; 
> or ride a motorcycle/tri-cycle. 
My case, I took the latter. giving justice to the tired and weary body.
No pain, no gain. 

The operative word is unconventional “out of the box” that’s how I made it through the whole adventure and enjoyed it immensely. Just don’t ride the bus. Take the morning ride. Seize dusk and/or dawn to take pictures! Ride a tricycle/motorcycle. Bring your own water/beverage – saves you lots of money. Water is expensive at Batad Rice Terraces.   The operative word is unconventional “out of the box” that’s how I made it through the whole adventure and enjoyed it immensely. Till next time, Carpe Diem! 

Cordillera Administrative Region, CAR