This is a 3-part travel journal which tells the story of our hike going to the Bomod-ok falls in Sagada, Mountain Province. It narrates about the people, their way of life, culture and heritage, norms and our experience in dipping in that deep cold plunge pool of the waterfall. Read along and feel as if you are part of this memorable adventure.
- Page 1 – Reaching Bangaan
- Page 2 – Culture, Gold Mine and the Rice Terraces of Fidelisan
- Page 3 – The Majestic Bomod-ok Falls and the Hike Back to Aguid Road
Sagada is well known for its vibrant culture and has a lot of amazing places to see. Among these beautiful attractions are the hanging coffins in Echo Valley, cave connections of Lumiang and Sumaguing and, the Kiltepan peak offering breathtaking panorama of the morning sun. But it is less known in the public that this mountainous municipality has a lot of majestic waterfalls including the Bomod-ok falls.
Bomod-ok falls is located at the northern tip of Sagada near the communities of Pide and Fidelisan (often called as “Pidilisan“). For this trip, our tour coordinators from Travel Galore Philippines provided a van for our transportation in exploring the amazing municipality.
We left from our homestay around 0745H in the morning and let the windows of our van opened and felt the chilly morning wind as we bolted to barangay Bangaan. The climate was comforting and the air was totally clean comparable to Manila. At the jump-off point in Barangay Bangaan, we met our tour guides going to Bomod-ok falls. Our guides offered some briefing on what to expect for this trip and gave some safety tips during the hike. We need to hike for an hour in order to reach this amazing waterfall and they assured that all efforts are worth it in the end.
There’s also a small store near the jump-off point selling cheap hiking items like hats and small bags. From the jump-off point, we started our hike at 0815H.
The Breathtaking View of Pide and Fidelisan
It was an easy hike. While walking along the trail I conversed to one of our tour guides. Ma’am Alice, is a mature woman in her mid 40s with sun-kissed skin and great big smile. She shared some stories about the hiking experiences of their past visitors and they were entertaining. There were visitors who accidentally slipped in slippery paths, visitors who traveled all the way to Sagada because they were brokenhearted and many more.
Sharing stories and experiences is a great diversion during the hike; it makes long walks fun and easier. Once we passed the shrouding trees, the scenery was uncovered and it was breathtaking.
I was in awe when I saw this landscape. It was stunning. You can clearly see the paved trail descending to the small barangay of Fidelisan. This shot was taken at a height of 200 meters from the barangay.
Alice told me that the nearest maternity clinic is located in Bangaan. There was once a pregnant local in Fidelisan who’s about to give birth. She climbed from her home in Fidelisan all the way up to Bangaan, reached the nearest maternity clinic and born her new child without any effort. My eyes grew wide open as I heard that story. The people here are strong and I admired their acquired strength. We moved forward a few meters and more beautiful sceneries were unveiled.
The whole community is surrounded with green rice fields in stair-like terraces and the mountains enveloped the place like a guard protecting the people he most dear. There’s also a bluish haze of clouds and fog which extends in the horizon, and trees dominating in the land giving fresh air to breathe. I will never grow tired of watching this marvelous sight everyday in the morning if I have a chance to live in this dreamy place.