Sagada Local Customs

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    Dap-ays' decision

    by kemisteryoso Updated Apr 2, 2011

    Sometimes Dap-ays ( Tribal leaders) can close all tourist attraction so please be aware of this or you won't able to visit the attractions. Usually it happens after their Town fiesta. the tourism office can't do anything about it, it's their land so just respect their decision if it happens you experienced one. You can do something else by walking around the town and do some souvenir shopping.

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    Respect the culture

    by kemisteryoso Written Apr 2, 2011

    Sagadans have a strong traditional culture with many rituals associated with rice planting, harvest, weddings, wakes, purification and some are connected with nature specially the Bomod-ok falls. Sometimes they close this attraction because tribal leaders sometimes do rituals here. Don't be mad if such thing happens just respect their culture.

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    The Wedding Celebration

    by pres_16 Updated May 8, 2008

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    Special occasion in Sagada like the weddings, it seems like the whole town is invited to the said occasion as the locals, both young and adults, fall in line to get their share of food served by the family of the newlyweds.

    I was informed that the visitors, local or foreign, are free to join the queue. I didn't join, though. The heat of the sun was just unbearable to me.

    Celebratory dances performed overnight by the locals are offered to the newlyweds, I can hear the sound of gongs played until wee hours.

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  • courtesy to old age

    by glenmgallardo Written Apr 23, 2008

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    hi, you can check tourist information in sagada municipal, regarding the caving you have to pay information fee of 15pesos. you have to pay the guide for sumaguing cave and ask them to connect you some other cave the payment is 400pesos inclding the transpo if im not mistaken. the rice teraces is located in banaue the original is in batad, you have to pay the guide too for 200pesos, its is 10km rough road on jeep or trycyle and 2 hrs walk if you want to see the stairways to heaven..sooo beautiful , the food and rooms are very cheap and the people in sagada are very hospitable and very nice ....really
    happy trip

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    Dos and don'ts in Sagada

    by Yla Written Feb 2, 2008

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    Official Sagada travel guide states the following:
    1. Always wear decent attire in public.
    2. No kissing, petting in public. Overt sexual acts in public and lewd behavior are taboo to the Sagada community.
    3. Important papers, valuable items and cash are to be kept for safekeeping by the hotel management.
    4. Do no deface caves, waterfalls, rice terraces, and other nature spots in the community.
    5. Do not take pictures of individuals without their permission.
    6. Do not use prohibited drugs.
    7. Observe the 9:00 PM curfew hour.

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    Wedding Ceremony

    by zoe_girl18 Updated Mar 17, 2007
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    During our stay in Sagada, we were able to witness a wedding ceremony. Our tour guide invited us to attend the wedding (although he's not related to the bride & groom).. he told us that in Sagada, everyone is invited during a wedding ceremony.. meaning the whole town is invited. the occassion/ceremony is from morning till night or till people are still around and food is still available =)
    the "band" plays their gongs and musical instruments and everyone and anyone can join in to dance with them.. and from the looks of it, any kind of dance is ok.. =)

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    The ITAG experience

    by Erebos Written Dec 16, 2006

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    Itag is a smoked pork (or chicken). Salted and preserved for two years (or more). One of the locales asked us to visit their house for some fortune-telling and itag-eating. Our curiousity led us to one of the houses. We were greeted by the town's eldest, asked us to drink gin and started to tell us something about our future. After the fortune-telling, we started eating itag. it has a distinct taste. I didn't like it that much though.

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    Selling goodies in the bus ...

    by myspices Written Oct 23, 2006
    tray of goodies for sale in the bus..

    Don't worry about feeling hungry during the long journey in the bus. Every short stop you will see local carrying trays and baskets of foodstuff (some carry them on their heads) getting onto the bus and try to sell you their goodies. Most of the food are local food and snacks. You can buy your drinks or even icecreams. Rather convenient, eh....

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    9:00 p.m. curfew

    by monina_c Written Aug 23, 2006

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    The local government had set curfew at 9:00 p.m. It behooves all visitors to follow this. You can go and explore Sagada town all you want but please be sure to be in your hotel/inn when the clock strikes 9.

    The last call for orders in the local bars comes at about 8:45 p.m. so please keep this in mind.

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    Preserving Sagada

    by malangi Written Jun 1, 2006

    Sagadans really preserve their heritage and culture so their future generations can still see the legacies of their "ninunos"...that's why tourists should refrain from desecrating any place in Sagada by not leaving your trash/plastics behind (putting your garbage in the proper place), not getting souvenir rocks/stalactices inside sumaging caves or writing your names inside the caves....

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    they speak good english

    by sweet_sentiments Written Nov 18, 2004

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    i was talking to a local who's attending her store in tagalog (phils. national language) but was surprised that she replied to me in english........

    that's because they have their own dialect and it's easier for them to converse in english rather than in tagalog.....ofcourse it would be a lot better if you can speak in their native tongue *winks*.......

    so, english-speaking people nothing to worry!

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    greeting of hellow

    by 02tyke Written Aug 8, 2005

    sagadians are very friendly to other people in which we also should be.............they have many cultures in which one of its culture is thanking their the gods of which dance for them.........

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    greeting of hellow

    by 02tyke Written Aug 8, 2005

    sagadians are very friendly to other people in which we also should be.............they have many cultures in which one of its culture is thanking their the gods of which dance for them.........

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    greeting of hellow

    by 02tyke Written Aug 8, 2005

    sagada has a culture of its own........we have to respect their culture and let as not disrespect it.............

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    Native people in Ifugao before...

    by mlt_t Written Jun 25, 2004

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    the Ifugao woman

    When tourist did not know this place....native people look like this but in our generation they change their outlook and more modern now.

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