Sagada NHS bags 1st place in Essay Writing Contest

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Recognizing the role of the youth in the fight against illegal drugs, an Essay Writing Contest was participated in by the public and private junior and senior high school learners in the province on November 17, 2017.


This coincides with the observance of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Month this November.

Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) Focal Person Angel B. Baybay said that the activity sponsored by the PADAC, in coordination with the Mountain Province Schools Division Office (MPSDO), aimed to increase the awareness of the public on the dangers of drug abuse.

Governor Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. who also chairs the PADAC expressed his full support to the proposal of Rev. Fr. Marcial C. Castañeda, the Parish Priest of Sta. Rita de Cascia and a member of the PADAC that the use of arts, music and literary works can also be an instrument in response to drug prevention. The Essay Writing Contest focused on the role of students in the fight against illegal drugs and the Battle of the Bands with the Drug-Free song composition of Rev. Fr. Castañeda as the contest piece were among the approved activities of the council for this year.

With the 12 participating school districts in the Essay Writing Contest, Skyler B. Dagacan of Sagada National High School (NHS) bagged first place and received P 3,000.00 cash prize. Aside from this, Dagacan was given a tablet courtesy of Rio Chico Marketing.

Ellen Myles C. Baldong of Tadian School of Arts and Trades (TSAT) ranked second place and received a cash prize of P2,000.00 while Adrielle Taganas of Guinzadan NHS landed in third place and received P 1,000.00 cash prize.

The other contestants who did not make it to the Top 3 received a consolation prize of P500.00 each. Aside from this, all contestants received a TM simcard with load.

By Alpine L. Killa


EL Kikasa

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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.