I’d like to stay longer at Banaue and savored more time with this childhood-dream-come-true experience but there are still other wonders of Cordillera that waited for me and my 11 equally bold friends. Thus, I left Banaue with a promise of coming back. And I promised to see more of what it has to offer.
…and so this Cordillera journey went on! From Banaue, our land trip continued – target destination: the quaint town of Sagada, Mountain Province.
As we headed forward, I was beginning to get sleepy. But just as I thought I can just drown myself to sleep, the breathtaking view of the countryside seemed so irresistible I can’t help but make my eyes wide open not miss every single scenery we would pass by. Countless of rice terraces we saw on the road, friendly local waving by, cotton-candy-like fogs were all over – they were so picturesque I can’t afford to miss.
Barely an hour since we left Banaue, we found ourselves stopping over at the District Highway Boundary between the provinces of Ifugao and Mountain Province. A signage signaled that the place is called MOUNT POLIS.
I haven’t heard of this place nor learned about it from my research. My travel buddies didn’t mention it to me. To my surprise, I learned that Mount Polis is the 3rd highest mountains in the Cordilleras, and 124th in the entire country with an altitude of more than 6,000 feet. What’s more, Mount Polis borders the provinces of Ifugao and Mountain Province.
It was the cool and crisp mountain breeze gave me a warm welcome as we got off the van. From a distance, I can see thick fogs covering the misty green mountains both Ifugao and Mountain Province. At one side I saw the giant statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and I hurried for a photo. But of course aside from the giant statue, the place is just scenic and worth some memorable photographs.
SNAPSHOTS FROM MOUNT POLIS
Researching now I learned that Emilio Aguinaldo, President of the First Philippine Republic along with his company once passed through this mountain en route from Tirad Pass to Abra province to escape from the American forces during the Philippine-American War.
From Mount Polis, we continued our trail and this time I focused on the sceneries we passed by. I have traveled in some mountainous highways in the country including Mindanao where I hail from but traveling the Cordillera’s is different. It seemed surreal.
NEXT POST: MESMERIZED BY THE RICE TERRACES OF BONTOC
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