Saturday, February 02, 2019
Sagada is a town in the Cordillera Mountains, within the Philippines’ Mountain Province. The forefathers of the local folks were head hunters. Their culture was very tribal. It was a culture of "an eye for an eye - tooth for tooth" amongst tribes. Fortunately for visitors, headhunting has ceased a long time ago.
The first time I visited the place was in the early 80s. Back then, it was dubbed as the "Shangri-la of the Philippines". The place was still pristine. Not many tourists knew about it. Fast forward in 2012, I went back for a second visit. It has become a hang out for European tourists, mostly backpackers. Sadly, the place has become commercial. One can buy beer, pizza and yogurt - hardly the staple for these Mountain People. The local folks have been spoiled by the generosity of the tourists. Maybe a good thing, I am not sure as I am not a sociologist. I suspect it has its downside. Not sure if I am ever going to return to this once lovely place.