TRAVEL GUIDE : CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION PART 1| Living Asia Channel (HD)
up the majestic highlands where mountain asleep the sky and unmistakable rhythm of life governs all it is distinctly familiar yet born of an ancient civilization ruled by nature spirits it calls sakes into each of the mountainous domains pulling them together into one limited landscape the furgoneta
regionis supremely or highland
regionof the Philippines six provinces and a chartered city define its territory there's opera the bamboo province Papa Yong nature's last frontier calamba home of ancient traditions mountain province caves and handicrafts if a ghoul ancient cultural landscape Bing get salad bowl of the Philippines and the city of Baguio long acknowledged as a summer capital of the Philippines more than just scenic the views of the coordinator
regionare breathtaking canvases painted by natural elements and the passing of time steeped in history each destination is ready to take you by the hand to draw you in and share their stories over cups of Highland coffee we
travelfirst to the province of Abra with its own districts of the 27 municipalities is landlocked by supporting the other neighbors al Kalinga and mountain province in the east to its west our Ilocos Norte and Ilocos or a blue river one of the country's largest river systems flows throughout the province a great vantage point to marvel at this Abra River Basin is a collab a bridge a 900 meter modular bridge that spans of the Abra Ilocos Norte National Road and connects...
three municipalities to the capital town budget among the must-visit destinations in Abra are its landmark religious structures in the town of time faithful penitence flocked to the Santa Catalina Alan bria parish church distinctly baroque in architecture it was built by secular priests to Christianize the pinions of Abra in the 19th century in 2001 this tangible landmark has been declared as the national cultural treasure but the National Museum of the Philippines the people of Abra are known for their simple yet focused attention to detail and hard work outstanding among their character however is their ingenuity and weaving masterful creations using the bountiful resources provided by the lands with an abundant blessing of Hector's of earned hectares of public private and forest land the provincial towns of Abra are among the biggest cultivators of bamboo species called Google and Hawaiian Enoch for this albro has proudly earned its title as the bamboo province of the 40 years within many craft villages it is a dating site to replace men and women babbling about today's issues busy at work for their bamboo splitting some intricate weaving activities unsurprisingly and best-selling enterprise if a production and sale of bamboo on Japan's yet a
partfrom these traditional products banjo and Abra is likewise highly sought for its flattened lumber and engineered version that is now used for furniture and home construction you Abra is likewise home to indigenous...
art of indigo natural dyeing coat and barks leaves fruits and roots at dye yielding plants like indigo the natural dye extracted from AB response is used to splash color on food drinks cosmetics textiles and furniture products what is perhaps the strongest proof of resourceful and creative talent in Abra is a fact that a
livingnational treasure proudly resides and pays respect to the town of san quintin teófilo garcia is a gawad militant and bian who received the highest award in 2012 for being a master craftsman and artisan of the traditional at the home or helmet made from a local species of bottle gourd called da Booma this hat or cask is likewise called as such but the blue mo headgear over the decades teófilo honed his craft perfecting the natural feel for the right materials and the instinct for the table now linings design his skill and talent in basket weaving came in handy for this undertaking awareness about that the blow has increased in recent years primarily because of his constant
participation and trade fairs fortunately with the award also comes the opportunity to transfer the knowledge to more people especially among the younger generations in his native town of San contain this craft is very precious to us it is a way of perpetrating our own local culture which a present generation and the future generation will have to learn as the Sun sets over the mountains of Abra a new day rice is for its clever and imaginative young people who now hold the future of...
the bamboo province the rhythm that pulsates throughout the Cordelia and landscape adopts a more youthful adventures flavor as our friend Richard Hartmann goes on the road to discover his origins in four of the
region's provinces his first stop is the forbidden nature's frontier up north the province of a pile I'm half Filipino half British by birth I was born and raised abroad I spent nearly my whole life in England and I can't wait to explore the rich Filipino culture the rich Filipino heritage and learn what it means to truly Filipino apayao is one of the most northerly provinces in the Philippines and is
regionof Luzon bordering the south of arpaio is the province of Kalinga to the north and east lies the province of Cagayan and to the west the provinces of Abra and Ilocos Norte Apayao is a mountainous province covered in woodlands with large rivers flowing across the land their waters form new gently rolling valleys and large open plains one of the major arteries of the province is the a pea River known for its clean waters and picturesque scenery the river courses from the west of the province and pass through its heart lands hitting up north into the Pacific Ocean the most convenient way to reach our payout is via two Giga route Airport which is just one hour flight from Manila the capital of the Philippines the airport itself is situated in the neighboring province of Cagayan and it's from the airport just a...
few hours drive to Apayao one thing which is
particularly striking about our payout is its cool climate which is amongst one of the coolest places I've been to in the Philippines the air is crisp and fresh and has a refreshing quality about them a place to go and feel revitalized and renewed the province is comprised of seven municipalities each one offering a unique experience the province is certainly rich in ecology and nature with many areas outstanding natural beauty just waiting to be explored we're taking a relaxing paddle along backu lake is around 10 hectares of water source a pretty sizable piece of water and it's the perfect place if you're a keen angler to do a spot of fishing the waters are teeming with tilapia which is a local favorite and you can catch your fish here and eat it as well so that's perfect also the beautiful island there which can go camping and you can also have a lovely picnic for the day so it's a really really quiet tranquil calm place and the perfect getaway especially if you've had coming from the hustle and bustle of the city life and have a nice bit of greenery and fresh air the lake is truly picturesque and the sounds of nature reverberate throughout the air it is a haven for wildlife a place where time seems to stand still a fisherman's paradise in a nature enthusiasts dream without a doubt
partof the charm of the experience is the locally made boats riding them is an adventure in itself though perfectly...
safe they are not totally watertight and sometimes require a passenger
participation in order to keep your feet nice and dry and certainly balances the key with every abrupt movement rocking the boat the Theia not as you are an expert hands and the
guides will help you navigate around the lake the landscape is quite breathtaking forgotten unblemish world which has a timeless quality the lake is home to several bird species including native ducks which pass their day without a worry in the world as they gracefully glide over the surface of the water they are incredibly shy though water can certainly form beautiful vistas but when set to work overtime water can also create unusual masterpieces and none more so and in the village of Moran brag hides a geological treasure just waiting to be explored the first leg of the journey begins as you can see it's been raining quite heavily the last few days and we were originally intending to go to the rock formation is quite perfect water is quite high so we've managed to get our hands on a boat over there so we're gonna cruise down the river dragon it's going to be a lot quicker the boats are certainly sensitive to any slight movement which makes the journey all the more exhilarating it's like walking a tightrope but after getting used to the fine balancing act the journey is more than easy especially with the guys at hand - Schwinn everything goes some
parts of the journey involve waiting across the water so make...
sure you bring your flip-flops to change them indeed for our note companions more loyal and true than a man and his dogs these daughter experts on navigating in waterways and wait forever patiently the master they can even swim from shore to shore to keep pace with their master as he buries his passengers across the land you have to change boat just across the final stretch of the river the expert navigates the waterways who's nothing but a cold eventually we reach the island and the rain has turned on ground to mud however the journey still goes on despite the weather we enter the realms of the jungle on our quest to find the rock formations through dense thickets and trees we climb forever getting closer to the goal of our quest jagged rocks permeate the jungle path with vines and vegetations arrive our
guides lead us through the path of rock and jungle which weaves and snakes up and down left and right it's almost like navigating one's way through another planet these strange fingers are rocks stretching up to the sky with now twisted hands making an unusual challenge though some paths are harder than others no mountaineering experience is necessary and as long as you are unreasonable how anyone can circumnavigate the network of unusual shapes now satyr and inventor and a half or so quite are just planning there and some circling rocks but it's certainly worth in the view is absolutely spectacular the rock formations setting are striking the black rock...
stands in stark contrast to the sky above unusual weather processes have shaped these strange pillars into creation they are certainly very unique there is nothing quite like them in the whole in the Philippines it's certainly great to take a deep breath in and look out over the village of arrived from atop the rock formation Barak Valley used to be riddled with conflict a site where tribal wars used to be held today it is home to a shrine which pays homage to the fold and during the war now considered a peace village near the shrine is an ideal vantage point to look out and over the majestic River which weaves through the countryside feeding the nearby rice fields boo boo lion bridge connects the upper and lower FAL
regions the winding river snakes across the landscape and is the bloodline of the province providing irrigation for farming and the historical trade and transport links this immense body of water carves out the landscape as it flows along its path and is framed by tropical woodlands which covers a sizable
partof the province often the tips of the trees are lost to the cloaking and schrodinger missed a magical view indeed there are many remote communities scattered throughout the
regionwhich is surrounded by charming countryside which is both quiet and tranquil we snag lived throughout the
particularly in the upper half of the layout the communities being most prevalent along the a pile and a blue dog river sisters it is said that the name is nag...
means people who have gone into the interior they snag are known for their bright and colourful car and the skirts and waist bands each of bands of vibrant color the skirts themselves are formed by a simple wraparound cloth they also adorn themselves with angular head scarves and the waist cloth serves a practical use which is to carry items around under the cloth they usually wear a simple blue long sleeve blouse a lot of effort goes into making these costumes for they are traditionally handmade these traditional looms are pedal-powered as well as patient-powered tuned to produce around 45 meters of fabric takes around 15 days so a great deal of patience is required it's laborious work which requires much patience and devotion the national treasures of the province are both breathtaking and inspiring but there is one event which is of equal attraction and occurs only once a year that event is the scien festival On February the 14th in the year 1995 the province of kalinga-apayao was separated into two provinces Kalinga and Apayao every year during the week of February the 14th the province celebrates the founding of the province through the cheyenne festival which is held in the municipality of luna Apayao is a land rich in natural wonders timeless pieces a majestic beauty a place to be one of nature and appreciate his splendor the rivers which run through the land shape and give it character in the natural geology has resulted in magnificent rock formations and in...
spectacular explore the lands this sites an experience an adventure definitely Richards ecotourism adventure in a pile is just an initial foray into a deeper more evocative understanding of the Highland culture that is cordelia and
traveling southwards he reaches the idyllic province of Kalinga where a dynamic fusion of tattooing as an ancient art form and the adrenaline pumping activity of whitewater rafting make for a most memorable
travelblog let's all join Richard as he conquers Kalinga the home of ancient traditions Kalinga is a province rich in culture and heritage famous for its tribal ancestry formerly the province was
partof the province of kalinga-apayao however in 1995 the province was divided into two separate provinces Kalinga and a pile the Linga contains nearly every type of terrain from steep mountainous peaks and valleys due to plateaus rolling hills and open expanses of lowland the rugged mountain landscapes contain peaks rise into almost 2500 metres their sides covered in lush forest agriculture is certainly an integral
partof Kalinga resort are booked with a flat lands of the biggest rice producers next to rice production are the mountainous areas about Balon Lube wagon passel king lion and tamilyn which are famed for their terraces the rice terraces are ancient formed from stone or mud walls they are wanted to behold truly an awe-inspiring sight the work that must have gone into making them is staggering they flowed naturally along the contours of...
the valley almost nature made them on their own accord they'll naturally fed from the mountainside water truly a marvel of engineering these terraces have withstood the test of time and will endure for many more years one of the thriving industries in Kalinga is the coffee industry which is the second biggest industry after rice production out of the eight minutes of policies which comprised killing us seven produce coffee the Kalinga blend is a combination of three varieties of coffee robusta excelsior and arabic a reverse can associate make up the main body of the coffee and give the coffee its taste whereas Arabica gives the coffee its aroma in general the higher its content the more expensive the blend once the clicker unique feature about the people of gringa also known as the Telangana clinkers is their tattoos a tourist come from far and wide to acquire them for the Kalinga they're a sign of strength endurance and beauty can you talk us through the significance of your tatting this is the one form of Kalinga body art which is very uniquely telling us and some other
parts of recording eras and 40 men it speaks of on ax men is like for the women is for beauty he's fat I think these are certainly beautiful tattoos yeah traditionally for men the tattoo we speak of Honor they had to earn the right to wear one by killing killing for honor or in defense of one's territory more people well men would earn their tattoos through honorable D's the women would...
be free to wear them as signs of beauty strength and status in the community also the tattoo was
partof the rites of passage women into adulthood known as the last
livingTlingit traditional tattoo artist she is weighing on a guy from post : ting Lyon she's a grandmaster in her field with years upon years of experience she received the prestigious daniel nahariya award for the intangible cultural heritage from the National Commission for culture and the arts in recognition of her contribution to the preservation of the hand taps deterring locally called Piper Bartok leading to a heightened awareness about the culture of the Kalinga community another solid proof that clink is home to
livingcultural treasures is Alonzo sac-like homegrown a dynamic musician and dancer with a passion to preserve traditional linga music and movement with fervor the educates and infuses pride a tradition among young students with the goals musical instruments and indigenous dances earning for him the national
livingtreasure award or cowards a Malika numbe an award for the National Commission for culture and the arts the River Chico is one of cuddly eras longest rivers have an estimated length of over a hundred and seventy-six kilometers it meanders through the center of Kalinga and provides an invaluable source of irrigation to the Kalinga people feeding their fields upon fields of rice paddies the river shapes the land as it flows cutting through the rock to create striking rock faces and...
steep-sided valleys it's waterways also provide essential transport links for the local people as well as serving as a place to have a nice cool refreshing bath the Chico River is also renowned for whitewater rafting and what better way is there to explore the surrounding scenery and to give it a go whitewater rafting the Kalinga can be done throughout the year however the primetime xerath is from June through July early January this is when the river runs most powerful fortunately for me February is a time when the water levels are relatively low nevertheless the ride is still thrilling whitewater rafting is suitable for all ages shapes and build and no experiences they need the river provides the perfect platform to view summer klinger's picturesque scenery and there are many glimpses of Klinger culture to have on the way see beautiful geological features sheer rock faces and explore the clinger wilderness while riding the river chico i have to admit though sometimes it can get extremely confusing when you hear left-side paddle right side paddle and so far you have no idea which side is left and which side is right as the Rockies turning around following the will of the river hair it doesn't really matter as you're always in the hands of the experts many of the villages are killing de and nestled amongst the highest heights of the mountains require off-roading or long treks to get there as the old adage goes the harder the journey the sweeter the...
billboards and got Kalinga is a place where that certainly holds true the mountain sides are home to many beauties which are lying awake just waiting to be discovered our
traveltakes us to the municipality by parcel an area mainly comprised of rugged terrain and is situated in the southwestern
parts of the province of Kalinga and is west of the city of Taba waterfalls erupted from the sides of the valley emerging from the vegetation to cascade down its sides there are so many wonderful waterfalls to be seen each of varying shapes sizes and power the underlying river has car from truly impressive landscapes
parting the two sides of the land to form a natural barrier make zigzags across the landscape only way to get from one side of the river to the other is via the numerous bridges which span the valleys expanses along the way from many many beautiful sites to witness such as the picturesque rice terraces which hug the mountainside the striking scenery which extends as far as the eye can see fill the fresh mountain air filling one's lungs almost feeling one of nature for a city dwellers the journey is somewhat tough the locals seem to do it with ease the mountains of Kalinga are rich in natural wonders such as geothermal vents hot springs steep-sided valleys with breathtaking views the isolated villages exude charm and beauty all these things make the Kalinga mountainside a must-see place to visit I've had a fantastic time exploring the rich cultural and historical...
heritage of Killinger I've also enjoyed the hiking through the picturesque mountainside the lovely rivers and of course the scary bridges it's truly truly an amazing place to visit especially if you're into hiking and you love to see some really true native heritage and the Philippines has to offer it is hard to forget the rhythm and vibe of the northern highlands once you've experienced its first three jewels up close and personal with a bamboo province of Abra nature's last frontier that is a bio and Kalinga the home of ancient traditions it is impossible to forego one's journey to the rest of the provinces that complete the