25 October, 2007

Sagada-Banaue Map Postcard

Sagada is one of the ten towns of Mountain Province in the Cordillera Region of Northern Philippines, and located 275-km north of Manila (100-km from Baguio) near the provincial capital of Bontoc. Sagada has 19 barangays and is nestled in the middle of a valley, 1,500 meters above sea level.

The municipality of Banaue is one of the eleven (11) towns of Ifugao. It has a land area of 21,807 hectares comprising of 19 barangays with 358 sitios distributed in the vast mountain hinterland. It is situated 1,000 meters above sea level amidst the Cordillera Mountain Ranges and is 348 km north of Metro Manila by bus and about 333 km from Baguio City. Travel time from these two cities to Banaue takes about 8 – 9 hours.

Sagada-Banaue Map Postcard

The size of the postcard is 5"x6.5" and
shown in the postcard are images of different landmarks that can be found in Sagada and Banaue, including the main roads, other tourist attractions, towns and villages.

Images on the upper right are as follows: Imposing landscape of rice terraces seen from Banaue View Point -- Tapplya Waterfalls surrounded by tropical vegetation of Cordillera

Images on the bottom left are as follows: Picturesque Batad Village surrounded by centuries-old rice terraces -- Overcrowded public bus passing through ricefields of Banaue and Sagada countryside

Popular as a destination of foreign adventurers, Sagada features subterrenean caves (used as burial grounds by the natives) that can be explored, an interesting hike along an underground river, a waterfall and pool to cool off in after a day of exploring, and a quiet serenity only found off the beaten path.

The name “Banaue” was derived from the term “Bannawor” which is the primitive call for a now endangered medium-sized swift flying bird. Banaue is famous for the Banaue Rice Terraces (Tagalog: Hagdan-hagdang Palayan ng Banaue), 2000-year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao by ancestors of the Batad indigenous people.

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