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Rappler's latest stories on Sagada


Sagada council declines shooting permit of Joyce Bernal, Piolo Pascual for Duterte's SONA

Jul 06, 2020 - 12:03 PM

The council cites the municipal’s strict quarantine ordinance as their main reason for disallowing Bernal and Pascual's team to shoot

Mountain Province police apologize for flyers red-tagging people's orgs

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:31 PM

Police Major Jerry Haduca of the Mountain Province Police office extends the apology to members of people's organizations after a dialogue at the Sagada Municipal Hall also attended by local officials, military officers, and civic leaders

DIALOGUE. People's organizations, police, local officials, the military, and civic leaders hold a dialogue at the Sagada Municipal Hall on February 19, 2020. Photo from Innabuyog Facebook page

Sagada suspends eco-tourism activities due to coronavirus threat

Feb 13, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Mayor James Pooten says the suspension will be in effect indefinitely

Photo by Mia Gonzalez/Rappler

How women artists from Sagada are changing the face of pottery

May 18, 2019 - 1:35 PM

These female artisans are partnering in an exhibit called 'Sagada Earthbenders' from May 26 to June 16 at the Sierra Madre Pottery Studio gallery in Mandaluyong

SAGADA POTTER. Siegred Bangyay uses a pottery wheel to work on her craft. Photo from Sierra Madre Pottery Studio

Sagada mayor, residents tell tourists: 'Respect us'

Apr 15, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Sagada is at the forefront of limiting tourists in the area ever since 'That Thing Called Tadhana' hit theaters in 2014, creating a spike in tourist arrivals in the town

SAGADA'S RESPONSIBLE TOURISM. Photo composite. Images courtesy of the Sagada Responsible Tourism Facebook page

Mayor issues new traffic ordinance to end 'Sagada Carmageddon'

Dec 27, 2018 - 6:26 PM

Parking will not be allowed in all major roads, sidewalks and other passages in Sagada from 6 am to 8:30 pm. This means, tourists are advised to walk or take public transport.

Photo by Dr Philip Del Carmen

Long weekend 'carmageddon' prompts calls for Sagada tourism regulation

Dec 06, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The Sagada tourism council, regional Department of Tourism representatives, and stakeholders have met to discuss the situation, especially with more visitors expected during the Christmas holidays

SAGADA SUNRISE. Tourists watch the sunrise at Sagada. Photo by Jungarcia888 from Wikimedia Commons

Fire ruins famous Sagada sunrise view

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:44 PM

All tours are temporarily prohibited at Kiltepan Peak – that spot made famous by the movie 'That Thing Called Tadhana'

RUINS. A huge fire on November 8, 2018, hits the two buildings behind the spot where dozens of tourists station themselves to watch the Kiltepan sunrise in Sagada, Mountain Province. Photo courtesy of Sagada LGU

Belgian tourist buried in Sagada

Oct 10, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Sagada officials say that the Belgian embassy in Manila conveyed its appreciation for the final rites given to its national, Rouben Marc

RIP. Belgian tourist Rouben Marc is buried in Sagada on October 9, 2018. Photo courtesy of Sagada LGU

Sagada council urges DOJ: Drop terror tag vs indigenous activists

May 02, 2018 - 1:09 PM

'The above-named individuals tagged in the list are personally known to this body and to the community of Sagada as common and law-abiding citizens,' says the Sagada Municipal Council

TERROR TAG 'WRONG'. The Department of Justice has a petition before the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 19 to have hundreds declared as terrorists. Rappler file photo

WATCH: Scenes from Sagada's 'Concert in the Clouds'

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:26 PM

Ely Buendia, Gary Valenciano, and more – here's a look back at Sagada's 'Concert in the Clouds'


Joey Ayala, Ely Buendia to perform at Sagada concert

Oct 22, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Here are all the artists who will be at 'A Concert in the Clouds'

JOEY AYALA. The iconic musician is just one of the artists who will perform at Sagada's 'Concert in the Clouds.' In the photo above, Joey performs with Dong Abay on Rappler #LiveJam on August 15, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Keeping the organic coffee farming tradition in Sagada alive

Sep 13, 2017 - 2:49 PM

The Coffee Heritage Project is a simple movement that promotes a fruitful collaboration amongst partner farmers scientists soil specialists etymologists and any person who has the heart for uplifting the value of Philippine coffee

ORGANIC COFFEE. Organic arabica coffee cherries. Photo by Marti Bartolome
COFFEE FARMERS. Rich Watanabe with Sagada partner farmers. Photo by Marti Bartolome

PLANTING. Coffee Heritage Project planting, June 2017. Photo by Marti Bartolome
PROCESSING. Coffee grinding at the Coffee Heritage House. Photo by Marti Bartolome

Body of trapped Sagada guide recovered from Victoria Cave

Jul 18, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Roderick Malecdan s body is found lodged between rocks which had gone underwater after strong rains hit the town and inundated parts of the cave

RETRIEVING THE BODY. The body of local Sagada guide Roderick B. Malecdan, 23, is brought out of Victoria Cave in Maduto, Ankileng, Sagada at 4pm and brought home to Demang village before sunset. Photo by DRRMO Mountain Province.

Sagada coffee wins international award in Paris

Jul 15, 2017 - 9:00 AM

UPDATED Bana’s Café received the Medaille Gourmet in the International Contest of Coffees Roasted in their Countries of Origin organized by the Agency for the Valorization of Agricultural Products

AWARD-WINNING COFFEE. Green coffee beans at Bana's coffee in Sagada. Photo courtesy of SGD Coffee

Mountain Province gives PNP chief an adopted Bontoc nickname

Apr 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The police chief s adopted name Moling means unbreakable or firm

MOLING. Police chief Ronald dela Rosa (center) poses for the camera under his adopted name 'Moling' alongside Provincial Police Chief Tellio Ngis-o and a local elder. Photo by Frank Cimatu

Seeking Baguio alternative, tourists find Sagada sunrise

Apr 12, 2017 - 8:37 PM

Robert Pangod a Sagada tourism officer says Sagada is accommodating more tourists this Holy Week a likely result of the success of a film being shot in the area

SAGADA AND CLOUDS. Photo by Dr. Philip Del Carmen

Visiting Sagada? 12 things you must remember

Mar 24, 2016 - 11:01 AM

Helpful tips for a positive and fruitful trip to Sagada home to spectacular views and breathtaking natural wonders

HANGING COFFINS. An iconic Sagada destination. Photo via Shutterstock

Sagada tourists double in 2015

Feb 07, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The figures for the peak months tie nicely with the fact that the romance movie That Thing Called Tadhana was released in February 2015

'HUGOT' DESTINATION. The surge in tourist arrivals in Sagada corresponds to the time when many travellers might have seen the romantic movie 'That Thing Called Tadhana,' parts of which were shot in this Mountain Province town. Photo by Philip 'Biag' Del Carmen

Sagada asks visitors to respect sites

Jan 12, 2016 - 7:40 PM

A few weeks before Sagada s Etag Festival officials ask tourists to respect the town s attractions

6 things nobody told me about the Philippines

Jul 07, 2015 - 10:50 PM

The Philippines is indeed golden beaches swaying palm trees and beaming smiles… but it is so much more than this as well writes Will Hatton

AIM graduate students examine rural Philippines

Jun 12, 2015 - 2:43 PM

A photo exhibit entitled Uncharted: MDM 2015 Goes Off the Beaten Track show the experiences of the Master in Development Management MDM class of 2015 during their immersion in 9 different provinces

[Part 2] British backpacker's PH adventure: Caving in Sagada

Apr 30, 2015 - 8:27 PM

I have been inside over thirty caves; this one topped them all thee times over

Holy Week escapade: Inns, homestays in Sagada fully booked

Mar 28, 2015 - 1:38 PM

Traveling to Sagada for Holy Week? Book in advance

2 soldiers killed, 5 others hurt in Sagada ambush

Dec 02, 2014 - 2:18 PM

UPDATED Suspected communist rebels attack a military convoy bearing soldiers who had just attended the Youth Leadership Summit at the Sagada National High School

UP to offer online UPCAT review by 2015

Sep 09, 2014 - 2:53 PM

The state university will also review the test and the questions to make it less achievement based and more aptitude based

Perfect for summer: 8 cool-weather PH destinations

Apr 13, 2014 - 4:49 PM

Having traveled 80 of 81 provinces in the Philippines Che Gurrobat now shares what she thinks are great cool weather destinations to visit when the summer heat gets to be a bit too much

Cemetery trivia: How well do you know our burial grounds?

Nov 01, 2013 - 4:15 PM

Revisit the origins and the stories behind notable, unique and historical cemeteries in the country

Airstrike launched as PH peace month approaches

Sep 01, 2013 - 2:55 AM

Bombs were dropped in full view of villagers in Northern Sagada writes Dom an Macagne who heads the Kasiyana Peace and Healing Initiative

Spelunking in Sumaguing Cave

May 16, 2013 - 9:11 AM

Spelunking may be scary but it is truly rewarding

AT THE MOUTH OF SUMAGUING CAVE. The rugged terrain below warns caving enthusiasts that the trail down the cave would not be that easy. Photo courtesy of Gin Riobuya

Meeting Sagada's beloved mother figure

May 12, 2013 - 3:08 PM

When we bid goodbye she kissed our foreheads and hugged us That made me feel as if I was leaving home

THE AUTHOR WITH MARY DAOAS. Mary (or Tita Mary to visitors in Sagada) gladly posed for a memento picture inside her lodging house. Photo courtesy of Eleazar Cuela

Above the Clouds: A video diary

Apr 30, 2013 - 10:06 AM

We live in such a beautiful country and to be able to capture this on film has been an honor

A JOURNEY TOGETHER. Ruru Madrid (left) is Andy and Pinoy rock icon Pepe Smith is the grandfather. Photo from the 'Above the Clouds' Facebook page

PH tops list of 'creepiest places on Earth'

Nov 03, 2012 - 1:31 AM

A pop culture compilation puts tribal burial caves in northern Luzon at the top of the list

DISTURBED PEACE. Screen shot from

[PH Travel] The prize of waking up early

May 12, 2012 - 4:20 PM

Who would want to wake up so early when the cold weather is inviting you to stay in bed?

THE SUN PEEKS. One beautiful reason why waking up ahead of your usual alarm is worth it. Photo by Izah Morales