Best things to do in Kalinga and sightseeing in Kalinga
Buscalan - Kalinga
The jeepney ride to Tulgao, for which we paid Php 20.00 each, was the start of our adventure of getting to Fang-od’s community. Tara and I rode on the roof. It was scary at first given that I am afraid of heights and that the locals seemed like they weren’t too comfortable with the load of the jeepney either. But, when I finally let go of the fright, I got to enjoy the beautiful Chico River and the mountains surrounding it. The experience would prove to be one of the most amazing things I would encounter for this trip. Upon alighting in Tulgao, we hiked to Buscalan, where we found Fang-od’s community. When we finally got to Buscalan, I felt like we were in a different world all together. I had planned on just sleeping through most of the day because of the tedious hike that just happened. But, being with Fang-od, the native houses, the community, the mountains, the air, just washed the tiredness off. It was wonderful having had this opportunity to visit the village. After Fang-od served us lunch and coffee, Tara got her tattoo. It was simply amazing seeing the 92-year-old tattoo artist having so much focus and precision in her craft. Equally amazing would be how candid and cute she was being when we had our conversation with her later that afternoon about life, love, family, and community. In the evening, Fang-od’s family cooked dinner for us. Tara also paid Php 2,000 for her tattoo. Then, we slept on Fang-od’s wooden floor.
Tinglayan - Kalinga
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.
Tabuk - Kalinga
Upon arrival, we had breakfast and coffee at a turo-turo (Php 50.00). We then rode a jeepney to Tinglayan, Kalinga (Php 120.00 each). Since we were one of the first passengers, we got to sit in front; otherwise, we would’ve been on the roof of the jeepney, which would’ve been a bit uncomfortable given that the trip took about two (2) hours on rough road.