I’ve been wanting to go to the Cordilleras and the Rice Terraces for quite a while, and finally got the chance to go this past week. Dad and I went for an adventure driving up the mountain ranges, hiking the rice terraces, sleeping in backpacker hostels, meeting locals, and visiting some historical sites. My dad had a tough time with some of the hikes, but he was a trooper and still made it up to the peak.
On the way back, we had problems with car and it just stopped working mid highway. The gears wouldn’t shift! There was no way we could drive back home. So in the middle of the night, we waited 3 hours for a tow truck and rode with them to Manila. Talk about adventure!
The view of the mountains as we drove through Mt Halsema highway, at 7000ft it’s the highest highway elevation in the Philippines.
We woke up at 4am to hike up Mt Kiltepan in Sagada. It was breathtaking to watch the sky change colors and directly greet the sun and the clouds for a new day.
One of my favorite photos, the sun shining through the trees like blessings of hope and love being bestowed from above. This was close to the Sumaguing Caves in Sagada
The famous Banaue Rice Terraces from the viewpoint. Imagine those steps that were hand carved in the 9th or 10th century. We were surrounded by its natural beauty!
As an update to my previous post, after 2 months in the hospital with pnuemonia. My grandpa is now apparatus free and can eat again, breathe on his own again, and getting ready to go home! What a miracle! The doctors and others were telling us to expect the worst, but at 97 he beat the odds and recovered!
Thank you Lolo! Thank you God! I’m so happy I’m in tears. Now I just need to go to Manila to spend time with him.