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Mountain Province: Bontoc Museum and Bontoc Cathedral
While in Sagada, we passed by villages and witnessed how common folks of Sagada still practice age-old customs hanging out in dap-ay, while young men massage their feet of the elders with two sticks traditionally known as dagdagay, showcase etag (otherwise known as Igorot ham) and pinikpikan that can make PETA denounce their practice.
Law and order in Sagada is still maintained by elders in the community and put on trial in a dap-ay and the guilty one made to pay damages in "4x4" (which we found out later refers to gin in four-cornered bottles known in anywhere else as "cuatro cantos")
Bontoc Museum, Bontoc (capital town of Mountain Province) villages in Bontoc are called ato Bul-ul
St Rita Cathedral, Bontoc
Bontoc is can be reached directly by bus from Manila and is the penultimate stop of our "amazing race" in the Cordilleras. We made a quick stop in Banaue before boarding our bus back to Manila
How to get to Bontoc, Mountain Province:
Buses going to Banaue, Ifugao. In Banaue, transfer to a jeepney going to Bontoc. Travel time is about 2 hours from Banaue.