Typhoon Megi / Typhoon Juan Update: Sagada Road Advisory by Benj
October 21, 2010, 2:29 am
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The recent typhoon (Megi/ local name: Juan) has caused landslides and road slips in parts of Halsema Highway but I have been told that the roads are still passable and buses are still doing regular trips. Just expect a few hours delay due to worse road conditions. Again, both roads leading to Sagada are passable – this includes that goes through Banaue and the one that goes through Baguio City.

Power has also been restored. :)

Show your support to Sagada, Mountain Province by visiting soon! :) Cheers

Typhoon Megi / Typhoon Juan victims need our help by Benj
October 20, 2010, 11:19 am
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Typhoon Megi (Typhoon Juan) lashed Northern Philippines with gusts of wind in excess of 300 kilometers per hour making it the strongest typhoon in recent history. While the people of Northern Luzon have always been known for their resilience and hardiness, the unique geography of the area makes the logistics of giving assistance challenging and time-consuming. As I type this, many towns – especially those in the Cordillera Administrative Region – are currently isolated. The photo above was taken by Naty Sugguiyao of Kalinga.

Following last year’s Typhoon Pepeng, Sagada was without power for almost two weeks and the travel time from Baguio lengthened from five hours to well over nine hours due to the many landslides that affected the Halsema Highway.

They need our help. Please donate to the Philippine Red Cross. Send encouraging words to your family and friends who live in the typhoon ravaged provinces – Isabela, Cagayan Valley, Kalinga, Apayo, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, Quirino, Benguet, Abra, La Union and Aurora.

Or better yet, visit them in a few week’s time to show them your support.

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Visit Kalinga by Benj
October 13, 2010, 2:53 am
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I just wanted to inform you all that Visit Kalinga has been launched. The URL is VisitKalinga.net – yes, it’s a DOT NET. :) If you love the views of Sagada, you would certainly love the vistas in Kalinga – especially in the town of Tinglayan – just three hours north of Bontoc. Just like Visit Sagada, the goal is to have an online repository of travel tips that backpackers and other DIY travelers could use for their own trip up north.

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Sagada tourism statistics by Benj
October 3, 2010, 2:39 am
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These are the figures from the Sagada Environmental Guides Association’s records for the first half of 2010. It’s refreshing to see a tourism organization be this transparent about their figures and total number of visitors.

The first half of 2010 has seen almost 16000 tourists trooping to Sagada. This number is only inclusive of the people who actually registered at the tourism information desk. For all we know there could have been some people who didn’t bother to do that.

Local tourism wildly fluctuates throughout the calendar year with the most people choosing to visit Sagada during April. Surprisingly, the number dramatically drops in May despite it still being the tail end of the summer vacation period. There are less fluctuations with the number of foreigners but the figures have definitely been taking a dip since it’s peak in February.

Most of the foreign visitors have originated from France, Germany, South Korea, United States and Canada.

For the full details, you may browse the PDF files for January to March and April to June.