Upon arrival in Tinglayan, we had lunch at our hosts’ place, paid our guide a total of Php 2,000 each (Php 500.00 per day x 3 days, Php 500.00 tip) and spent the rest of the day re-packing our stuff and enjoyed exchanging “pick-up lines” with the kids and re-charged for the next leg of our trip.
When we got to Tinglayan, we were welcomed by our guide, Francis Pa-in. He brought us to his sister’s house, which would be our home for the next few days that we would be staying in Tinglayan. Manong Francis cooked lunch for Tara and me and also served us coffee. After which, we freshened up and went around the village and crossed hanging bridges, met tattooed Kalinga women, and witnessed a local pounding coffee beans while singing in their native dialect. We also enjoyed the view of Sleeping Beauty and of the Chico River. In the evening, we met our lovely hosts, Ate Concepcion, Ligalig, Bullet, Chavez, and Baron, and had dinner and did yoga with them. The following day, December 1, we had a conversation with our hosts about their love story. In the afternoon, we crashed a wedding and had the opportunity to witness the traditional Kalinga wedding dance using gangsa (gongs). Our breakfast, lunch, and dinner were served by our hosts. We also had their native coffee anytime we wanted.