Experiences and Stories of Biyaheng Palos

Experiences and Stories of  Biyaheng Palos
A Personal Travel Journal

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Happening every November 1, just before sundown, the people from the town of Sagada in the Mountain Province gather in the cemetery at the hill and would ignite a "saeng" near the graves of their departed kin. This custom is also known as the Sagada Festival of Fire as Panag-Apoy literally means "to produce fire".

Instead of the conventional candle, the populace of Sagada made a bonfire from pine wood, which is very locally available. The blaze would light the burial ground as dusk enveloped the community. This tradition is an acceptable church activity of the Anglicans in the town. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cagsawa Ruins

Cagsawa Ruins are what left of the church that was destroyed by the eruption of Mayon volcano in 1814. Now, developed into a park and one of the most visited landmark in the province of Albay.

The bell tower became the symbol of vigor for the Bicolanos, since it stood the test of time for 2 centuries.