R E S C H E D U L E D
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
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.
A R R I V A L
- 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).
W O R D U P
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
Leonard Wood Road
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.
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 …
Here’s a solo travel guide for your stress-free and enjoyable adventure to the 8th Wonder of the World.
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.
If you ride a jeepney, you won’t be able to make stops around the way and take quality landscape / human interest photos.
WHEN TAKING PICTURES of IFUGAO LOCALS– ALWAYS ASK PERMISSION ELSE RUDE / BAD LUCK / DISRESPECTFUL.
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 …..
|Banaue Rice Terrace Dyanarra Viewpoint|
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.
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”
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.
Bad karma, begets hundred-fold misfortunes.
The “8th Wonder”
Leave Tappiyah falls before it rains. The danger of rolling mountain rocks becomes imminent.
Life or death. Always Heed Local Ifugao Guides’ Advice.
|Batad Rice Terraces Fog Banks and Afternoon Rainy Mood|
|Good Morning Batad Rice Terraces|
SADDLE POINT TERRACES
> trek by foot;
Cordillera Administrative Region, CAR