The Hanging Coffins.
Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines.
Just came from Sagada! I have so many pending photos to post from recent travels and I’ll go through them one by one during the Holidays. In the meanwhile, I’m posting this one. Sagada’s about 12-14 hours drive from Metro Manila (so long) but the view going there is nothing short of spectacular (I’ll show you in another post).
The scene in the photo is one of the main attractions that gives Sagada its identity. About half an hour trek (with panoramic views of the mountains) would get you to this one. More photos to come!
Philippines Update #1!
Going back to Indiana and having to drive through hours of flat, cornfield infested land is going to be so boring compared to the landscape surrounding the highways here.
But today was nice. I zip-lined through a rain forest, repelled from a tree Mission Impossible style, and caught some interesting Christmas procession right outside the house I’m staying in.
(c) Negros Museum
- Negros Museum opened on March 16, 1996
- A dress made by Filipino designer Pitoy Moreno, worn by one of the prominent women in Negros (I forgot her name)
- E.B. Magalona’s memorabilia, grandfather of the late Filipino rapper Francis Magalona / name of one city in Negros Occidental
- Painting of Negritos, which means little black men
- Piña jusi dress of Marina Montala
- The cannon and cannon balls made from bamboo and coconut, a winning trick during Cinco de Noviembre (Negros Revolution) from Spaniard
- An old train in Victorias Milling Co., owned now by Lucio Tan
- Estimated seven thousand books of Rafael Salas
- Imelda Marcos’ book, written with her random sayings through symbols and equation
- JGM Gallery of International Folk Art and Toys - collection of 1/5 from 30-50k toys, bought from different countries, owned by Mara Montelibano (daughter of Jose Garcia Montelibano)
If you have a short trip in Bacolod, I suggest you go here first. It’s so much a blast from the past!
Location: Gatuslao St., Bacolod City
Schedule of visit:
- Monday to Saturday
- 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Student - P20.00
- Adult - P30.00
I’ve come across two definitions:
(1) The Philippine tarsier is a member of the Tarsiidae family and comes from the genus Carlito. This nocturnal mammal is considered an endangered species. They are notoriously difficult to breed and as a result can only easily be found in Bohol, but there have been sightings in South Cotabato and Leyte.
(2) The Philippines tarsier is an incredibly cute and sometimes scary looking little animal. This mammy can typically be found hugging a tree branch for sheer life. It’s hard to imagine, but they do not eat plants. They are bloodthirsty creatures that rip off heads insects like crickets and grasshoppers, but they are also known to eat small birds, small crabs, small snakes… basically anything small and meaty.
Here are a few more tidbits you may not have known about them:
No flash photography! Tarsiers are known to react to stress such as captivity by banging their head onto the tree or other object until they die! :O
On any visit to the Philippines you can see people crowding into bright colored automobiles called the Jeepney. They are the most popular mode of public transportation in the Philippines! I became completely obsessed with the Jeepney upon my first visit to the country.
The Jeepney has become ubiquitous with Filipino culture. The more flamboyant the paint job and the decorations the better. Often times the decorations make absolutely no sense although religious references and air brushed portraits of family and children are common attributes. The brighter the better to attract the customers needing rides.
The Jeepney is a relic of WWII when the US military started to sell off the surplus jeeps to local Filipinos. Although I have heard many Filipinos tell me that a Filipino invented the “Jeep”… one of many claims I have heard during my visits to the Philippines.
Riding in a Jeepney is a cultural experience that should be had when visiting the Philippines but know that they are crowded, hot, and are often filled with exhaust fumes especially if you’re in Manila. They have also been known to be robbed from time to time, so a tourist visiting the Philippines would want to share this experience with locals that know the Jeepney drivers and their routes.