French nationals top foreign visitors in Sagada

SAGADA, Mountain Province, April 24 (PIA) -- This scenic town continues to lure local and foreign visitors to experience nature, adventure and culture.

 

The Sagada Municipal Tourism Office recorded a total of 160,398 foreign and local tourists for the year 2017 while from January to March this year, a total of 58,722 tourists have already visited the town.

For foreign tourists, French nationals top the list followed by Germans, British and Spaniards.

Mayor James Pooten said tourist arrival peaks in the months of April and May or during summer vacation.

He reiterated his appeal to tourists to register in the tourism office as soon as they arrive in the municipality to ensure their safety while going around town to explore and appreciate the beautiful tourist spots.

The “no guide, no tour” policy will be strictly implemented not only to assist the visitors in going around town but also to help in the monitoring of tourist sites, according to Pooten as he urged visitors and residents to keep tourist sites, pathways, and lanes clean.

In Sagada, one can go spelunking at the Sumaguing; visit the hanging coffins of Echo Valley and the St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church; go for a swim at Bomod-ok Falls; watch the sunrise at Kiltepan Viewpoint; trekking at Danum Lake, among other adventures.

DZRH correspondent Romy Gonzales who recently visited Sagada said he is amazed with the beauty of the place, and the energy it gives to visitors.

He advised that locals and visitors should take care of the environment of the municipality for domestic and foreign tourists to enjoy the beautiful sceneries. Juliet B. Saley (EDT/JBZ- PIA CAR)

 

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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.