“Death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it.” – Steve Jobs
I guess its best to open this post with a quote from the iMac guy.
Now let’s go to business (to death destinations I mean)…
When Death is The Destination or better yet
5 must-visit places that makes death a main feature:
1. Hanging Coffins, Sagada, Mountain Province. I’m starting with a spot that I have never been to yet. A lot of opportunities on going here has passed but I still can’t find the time to really see what makes tourist keep coming back to Sagada.
2. Mummies and Opdas Cave, Kabayan, Benguet. I was not yet blogging when I foolishly climbed Tinongchol Burial Rock which is off-limits to anyone. It almost took my life when going down because the rock was so steep. The burial sites of the mummified leaders of the town (long ago) are placed in an elevated rock to serve as a seer and guide over the community.
Also found in Kabayan, but walking distance from the municipal building is the Opdas cave. This cave has been the resting place for about 200 skulls and bones that are not yet IDied till this time. Some say that some skulls are not Asians. Find out if you are in the area.
That ladies and gentlemen is the Philippines, so rich and so unusual. Check the this post from my archives: Not Your Ordinary Philippines
3. Manunggul Jar, Palawan. Palawan’s culture, archaeological inheritance that dates from the time of the Tabon Man is so rich. I was amazed by the replica of the Manunggul Jar the last time I was in the city. It was actually made during the Neolithic period (710-890 BC). The most significant feature are the two figures on the jar cover- these two represent the journey of the soul to the after life.
My friend Wiki says that, “The Manunggul Jar is widely acknowledged to be one of the finest Philippine pre-colonial artwork ever produced and is a considered as a masterpiece. It is considered as a national treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines.”
If you are in Palawan maybe this DIY Puerto Princesa City tour can be of help.
4. Campo Santo, San Joaquin, Iloilo. Literally, “Field of Saints” a 19th century cemetery build on a hill over-looking the sea. I love this cemetery because its kinda freaky and heavenly inside and as I always say, a perfect spot for a pre-nup session.
You can check my San Joaquin, Iloilo Trip Guide if you are planning to visit.
5. Giant Cross, Camiguin. I came to Camiguin just to see the Old Volcano which devasted most of the town of Catarman, including the Cemetery and the Church. The grim natural disaster was started by an earthquake which happened more than two centuries ago, 1871. As a result the cemetery was swallowed by the sea and the magnificent church was turned into ruins.
The Giant White Cross is grounded on the Sunken Cemetery, feels kinda spooky. When I tried to explore down under, the thought of seeing white-washed tombs gave me creeps. But a minute below made me wish to stay forever. Just about 1.5 meters below I saw 3 Nemos (clown fish), steadily moving their fins inside a soft coral.
Plus I climbed the top too!
You can check the previous post: Giant Cross of Camiguin, Up and Under
_____ _____ _____
Other PTB blog carnival collections can also be viewed at Langyaw.com’s Blog Carnival Page.