5 Most Surprising Facts About Sagada

5:47:00 AM Christian Aligo 0 Comments

Every time people learn that I am from Sagada, they start asking me confirmatory questions about my hometown. I try my best to answer them and give my honest feedback especially if they ask me about the best season to visit the humble town on the Cordillera mountain ranges.

Here are some less known facts about Sagada that when I utter, people give me a confused gesture. But they need to trust me because I was born and raised in Sagada so I humbly know more things about Sagada.

1. Sagada is not in Baguio City. 

While people associate the Cordillera town with the famous city, the town is part of Mountain Province near Benguet, which is the provincial capital of Baguio. In fact, it takes four to six hours to get to Sagada from Baguio. Nevertheless, Sagada and Baguio share the topography because both are part of the Cordilleras.

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2. St. Mary the Virgin Church is not Catholic.

The church, which is made of rock bricks, is part of the Anglican Communion. It reports to the Episcopal Church in the Philippines. The Anglican Church separated from the Catholic Church following the dispute of Vatican with British monarchs long, long time ago.

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3. Sagada people find it tougher to speak Tagalor or Filipino than English. 

While people in Sagada can speak in Filipino, they communicate better in English. Because the town was liberated by Americans, , people in Sagada mix English with their native Kankanaey to speak with each other.

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4. Sagada people eat dog meat.

Sagada people understand the significance of dog to human being but they eat dog eat. Eating dog meat is part of the Sagada culture, and is  widely accepted in the Cordilleras. Restaurants across the mountainous region serve dog meat, a specialty hated by others but loved by folks in Sagada.

5. Sagada people bury their dead in the cemetery.

Sagada people no longer hang coffins on rocks. Instead, they bury their dead as Christians. Since the arrival of Christian missionaries in Sagada, the practice of hanging coffins was abolished. A huge cemetery is situated within the Anglican mission compound in the town’s center to serve the central barangays of the town.

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