Sagada general facts

Found in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Sagada is a 5th class municipality of the Mountain Province. The people who live in the area are called Isagada. They speak Kankanay, a local language that is related to Kankana-ey. Due to its distance from Manila and because there was a lack of good roads from the country's capital at that time, very few conquistadors were able to set foot in Sagada during the Spanish occupation. This resulted to a highly-preserved culture that is almost devoid of Spanish influence. In 1902, when the American missionaries arrived in Manila, they decided that the best place to spread their word is to preach at places that have not been reached by the Roman Catholic church - like the mountains of the Cordillera. The Isagada elders welcomed the newcomers and accepted Protestant Episcopal Church. To deter raids that result to head-hunting, the mission compound was built. A hospital and school were also established.
Culture and traditions in Sagada are rich and still alive. You may want to read this article about the Childbirth ritual of the people of Sagada.



Because Sagada's weather is temperate weather, crops like cabbage, potatoes and carrots can be grown. Citrus fruits and arabica coffee beans were introduced by Jaime Masferré, a Catalan solider. He married an Isagada woman and became a farmer in Batalao, Sagada.
Check this resource to learn more about the weather in Sagada.



Sagada is popular for its hanging coffins, pristine water falls and rice terraces. Its extensive network of caves is excellent for spelunking. and its karst landscape provide a good playground for rock climbers. Another great thing to see are the festivals

Sagada is 400 kilometers north of Manila and there is paved road linking it to the rest of the world. Check this page to see how to go to Sagada
We have also this map of the provinces visited during the trip.

Today, this destination remains as one of the top 10 destinations to visit in the Philippines. With its strong culture, proud people, pleasant weather and one big adventure arena (check one of the newest activity: rock climbing at Echo Valley), it is easy to see why.