Hidden among the mountains of the Cordilleras is the province of Kalinga. Civilization here dates back centuries ago but its just 17 years old as it was part of a bigger province before- Kalinga-Apayao.
Its one province that would forever be etched on my mind as I experienced true hospitality and saw the living heritage it offers the world.
I would like to write more detailed articles about Kalinga, particularly where I stayed for 3 days and 2 nights- Buscalan, Tinglayan so I would be doing a photo essay for now.
10 Photos from Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga
Buscalan, Tinglayan Sunrise
I waited for about 30 minutes when the sun finally turned the green mountain into gold. It lasted for only 10 minutes. Magical!
Aromatic Kalinga Coffee
They peel the coffee beans then dry it under the sun. Aromatic Kalinga coffee. I miss their organic brew. I think I drink a total of 8 cups when I was there, and they don’t charge you for drinking coffee.
New Generation of Kalinga
These young kids gathered together beside the house where I am staying. Curious of me, maybe asking what I am doing in there place.
First day of Planting Season
If I arrived a day earlier, I would have stayed outside the community. Luckily, I arrived on the first day of planting season. I even tried planting rice the next day.
The last Kalinga Tattoo artist- Fang-od/Fhang-od, 89, she carefully tattoos Dr. Vene of Ateneo with the ancient method she learned during her teen years. She was featured by Discovery Channel’s Tattoo Hunter by Lars Krutak
Pigs and chicken live together under the native Kalinga hut. This pig is disciplined because he ate a chick.
Kalinga tribes are known to be head hunters. This is a head-axe which according to the owner was inherited from his grandfather. I believe this head axe has beheaded many before.
The unofficial National Sports of Filipinos. They have a full basketball court there, half of it cemented while the other half as you can see is dirt ground.
Tattooed Kalinga Women
The last generation of the tattooed Kalinga women. The tattoos they have are like ornaments that make them more attractive to their suitors.
Buscalan, Tinglayan Sunset
Fog begins to hide the mountains. I took this shot during my last night in the village. I wish to be back for more sunrise and sunset.
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I consider my stay in Buscalan, Tingalayan in the province of Kalinga one of the highlights of my ISANG DAAN Journey . This happened during Days 14, 15 & 16 of #isangdaan.
#ISANGDAAN is a personal journey and challenge to backpack around the Philippines the cheapest way possible for 100 days. “Isang Daan” is a Filipino term that can mean either “one way” or “one hundred.”
If you want to follow my steps, I have an interactive map- ISANGDAAN Journey map.