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On December 28, 2012, we took part of the Sagada Bonfire Festival event which was organized by the Sagada Genuine Guides Association. The event which happened at Mount Langtiw, Sagada from 6:30 pm to midnight. In the past, they celebrated it at Kiltepan View Point. During the event, participants get to taste the local Igorot dishes and take part in the town’s cultural and traditional dance moves. The registration of Php 250 covers your dinner as well as the transportation back to and from the actual venue.
During the festival, locals presented with a formal declaration of campfire. The Barangay Captain or Barangay official was also there for the opening remarks. I appreciate the fact that this local tradition continues specially from the love for their land to their indigenous cultural dances so I must say I loved the party of fire that night. After giving a wonderful message by the speaker everyone was invited for an open dinner buffet of Adobo, tasty, steamed vegetables, Pancit, and rice. I am not sure though what the other food was but it has blood and liver in it.
SAGGAS members were very welcoming. I danced like everyone does just around the fire and played gongs. I must say that Sagada is known for many adventures to showcase. Not all tourists can get the real experience at the Bonfire festival. We definitely learned something and we had fun as well.
All of us were inspired and entertained by the 6th SAGGAS Annual event of fire and we’re happy being part of it. We envision that the Sagada Bonfire Festival as a gathering venue where all can meet and greet, share in, and learn about each others beliefs and cultures. Joining a local celebration like this is worth remembering.
I will definitely come back. The festival of fire completed my bucket list for the year 2012. After seeing and experiencing the struggling moments inside the cave, death defying trail to Pongas Falls to the majestic views of the whole Sagada, best tasting coffee, great catering local food, friendly people, cold weather which gives me more reasons to wear a scarf, bonnet, sweat shirts and jackets without an awkward glances from the crowd. I think I will end up celebrating another Christmas season in Sagada this year.
While we all know that the Philippines is getting more recognition for its white sand beaches (not just in the country but in the whole world), but I guess now is the right time that the Philippines gets to be recognized for its highlands. It is so hard to resist the magnificent Sagada Highlands. With its dramatic and inspiring cultural landmarks, I bet you will certainly be attached with it.
We enjoyed the overflowing rice wine. When Bogs offered one, I gladly accepted although I was not looking forward to the rice wine but it tastes just fine. This clear wine with a strong alcoholic flavor, moderately sweet and often leaves a lingering taste is something you must try when you are in the mountain province.
Every year, the Sagada Genuine Guides Association holds a bonfire event and tourists are welcome to participate in the celebration. It happens on one night between Christmas and New Year (December 27 or 28), considered a peak season for the Tourism sector in Sagada.
The Festival and party of fire. So pretty, hot and fierce at the Sagada Bonfire Festival. Keep the fire burning!