[HALSEMA HIGHWAY] THE HIGHEST ALTITUDE HIGHWAY IN THE PHILIPPINES

Do you believe that life is a very complicated? Generally, in life we come across with our own doubts, fears, thoughts and emotions and all the things we feel about ourselves and  even though sometimes we feel  that we’re all alone and that we question and search for the answers to these doubts, fears, thoughts and emotions.We still try to be on top of the world.

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I can’t believe it myself;

Suddenly I’m up on top of the world,

Should’ve been somebody else.

Believe it or not,

I’m walkin’ on air,

I never thought I could feel so free;

Flyin’ away on a wing and a pray’r,

Who could it be?

Believe it or not, it’s just me.

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It was such a fine  friday morning with fellow wanderers. A long stretches of mighty splendor all the way from Banaue to Bontoc province. Traffic was smooth all the time. Feel the fresh air anticipating a good soft breeze to spring up behind us. All the time we listened to the soft wind running through the trees and grass. It was truly a breath of fresh air.

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It was Halsema, the highest highway in the history of the Philippines. Halsema highway approximately takes about 6 hours to traverse. Located on the island of Luzon, the Halsema Highway runs through the Central Cordillera Valley in the Philippines from Baguio to Bontoc and farther on toward Tabuk and Tuguegarao.

Halsema was Mayor Eusebius J. Halsema, he was the last American mayor of Baguio City who retired before World War II, and chose to stay in Baguio and was killed by an American bomb in a hospital in the city  by the US Air Force. He was a renowned engineer who built Cebu’s first reservoir for water, including all major roads in Baguio City. He also built electric plants and thanks to his own initiative with government savings, Halsema road from Baguio to Bontoc was then introduced.

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Today, Halsema Highway is considered one of the most dangerous highways in the world.  Commuters, tourists, and residents coming from Baguio or Mt. Province take this route on a daily basis, braving steep roads and sheer drop offs, some more than a thousand feet, without a safety guard rail. How do you like that?

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We detoured Sagada. It is a very classic mountain road with a lot of curves, ascents and descents surrounded by lush mountains. The road is cemented and muddy and dangerous when it rains.  Sagada is known for its oranges and rice terraces, a unique and remarkable Ifugao way of life. Sagada in the rain is a comforting sight. All the things you see around including lodges, simple eating places, and a cottage weaving industry are such a remarkable sight for us. We learned a lot from the history of the people, their culture and their lifestyle.  It is a quiet spot out there in the Cordilleras. Their life has a measured sound of silence and nature and one must be  realizing the bounty of the world and finding the real meaning of happiness.

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A breathtaking to sudden adrenaline rush, hanging from death cliffs and curved roads rewarded with one of the most scenic vistas in the country.

It’s only intended for small numbers of utility vehicles. Isolated car accidents occur that is consist of mainly of occasional private cars and motor-cycles, and the few buses, which are familiar of every twists and turns in the road, and can determine exactly what the  trouble is for  several valleys. In most cases I strongly suggest  not to think about traversing this road if you are  easily scared or of a jittery disposition, or don’t have the guts to challenge for heights. If you enjoy excitement and road trips, don’t miss it.

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Halsema Highway (also known Baguio-Bontoc Road ) is a 2- to 4-lane highway that stretches from Baguio City to Bontoc, Mountain Province. It is the highest altitude highway in the Philippines.

We all have some things in common, despite how adamant we are in thinking we don’t. See you on the road wanderers!

 

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  • http://www.brownmantrips.com/ ian l www.brownmantrips.com

    pangarap ko din magpapicture jan! hehe…..tio ba yung papunta ng sagada?

    • http://www.juanderfulpinoy.com/about-2/ JUANDERFULPINOY

      oo Ian :D

  • http://twitter.com/Franckxethee Franc Ramon

    7400 feet is really a high altitude and that considering I’ve stayed in Baguio for the most of my life and just recently joined a run on top of Mt. Cabuyao which is about 6200 feet. It would be nice to pass Halsema Highway.