I’m sure many of you are itching to go to Sagada after seeing the film “That Thing Called Tadhana”. The critically acclaimed Filipino romantic comedy which starred Angelica Panganiban and JM de Guzman not only showed us how to recover from a heartbreak. More importantly, it revealed the unassuming beauty of Sagada.
Because of this, many tourists are expected to visit Sagada this Holy Week. After all, who doesn’t want to experience sunrise at Mt. Kiltepan?
However, several residents and travel advocates are requesting the public not to go to Sagada anymore this Holy Week. According to journalist Ivan Henares, the influx of tourist has caused water shortage in Sagada. Water allocated for rice terraces is being consumed by thousands of tourists.
On his Facebook Page, Henares wrote:
“Sagada is fully-booked this Holy Week! Kung may balak kayo pumunta, pakiusap, huwag niyo na ituloy. Sa ibang araw na kayo humugot. Maawa na tayo sa local community.”
A report by Interaksyon also revealed a shortage of accommodations in Sagada. Girlie Dizon, a local journalist based in Sagada, said she experienced tourists knocking at her house since all accommodations in the area had been booked.
Activities in Sagada
If you still want to see the beauty of Sagada, you can schedule a trip at a different time of the year, perhaps on lean season.
There are several activities you can do while exploring Sagada. Here are some of the most popular ones as compiled by Pinoy Adventurista.
- View Sugong Hanging Coffins.
- Trek downhill to Lumiang Burial Caves.
- Enjoy the sight of Kapay-aw Rice Terraces.
- Go spelunking at Sumaguing Cave.
- Watch sunrise at Mt. Kiltepan.
- Go hiking at Mt. Ampacao.
- Experience zipline at Kapay-aw Rice Terraces.
- Tour Ganduyan museum.
- Explore Echo valley.
- Try local delicacies like Bugnay wine, Patupat rice delicacy, and blueberry muffins.