More like a scrumptious lunch break from the 7+ hours drive from Manila.
It was an eagerly anticipated side trip, a delectable meal guaranteed.
Taken from the 2nd floor: Left photo — where Dr. Kalugdan entertains while Dra. Kalugdan happily slaves away in her territory that is the kitchen (right photo).
The Kalugdans are perfect hosts. Their charming house, which they designed themselves, overlooks a fantastic view of the Ibulao River.
We went rafting there once and that was how we got to know them. Lovely couple.
Kiangan of course is more than rafting and scrumptious meals. It is also where Nagacadan Rice Terraces, one of the clusters inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, is located. I have yet to explore this historic town and first on the list is the Philippine War Memorial Shrine – a gigantic memorial shrine commemorating the end of WWII. It was in Mt. Napuluwan in Kiangan where Gen. Yamashita surrendered so it might be worthwhile to check out the site as well.
Historic town and rice terraces aside, the town boasts of many natural wonders as well. Ambuwaya Lake is one. 4 km from the town center and is said to be reachable by 4W drive vehicles. Uttu waterfalls is likewise on my list of must see. Someday, Kiangan will not be a side trip only.
This was taken in Ibulao River, Kiangan. Not many have rafted or even know of this river (I think) and as the photos on the slideshow below exhibits, it is a fantastic 3 hours of rafting experience with a view so impressive. An interesting place rich in history, Kiangan is believed to be the first human settlement in Ifugao. This is also where Ifugao and American troops helped force General Yamashita to make his informal surrender in World War II.
We stayed in a charming hostel owned by the Kalugdans, I remember the food to be superb. This was a special trip organized by Adventures and Expedition Philippines Inc. (AEPI) to explore the river. They have since run several trips running the upper portion of the river. Definitely worth a try.
This has been my entry to That’s My World. Go visit and find other worlds here.
Take either Autobus or Florida Bus Line to Banaue, get off at Kiangan.
Espana cornor Catalina,
Bus fare: P 460
Florida Bus Line
Phones: 743-3809 / 731-5358 / 493-3667
Bus fare: P 450
Kalugdan Hostel, Kiangan
Dra. Tess Kalugdan
Adventures & Expeditions Philippines Inc. (AEPI)