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Most visitors to the Philippines head to the beaches.
I drove into the mountains. The roads were narrow, winding, and hazardous.
Heading out from Manila, I ventured north into the Cordillera Mountain range with the goal of reaching Sabagan, elevation 6,500 feet above sea level. En route I spent time in Sagada, a village in the heart of the last of the world's headhunting tribes. Eventually I reached Bontoc where tattooed elderly women shopped in the local, outdoor markets. Along the way the magical energy of the rice terraces brought me immense peace and joy.
Few foreigners venture into the Philippine Cordillera Mountains. They are missing one of the world's most unique and beautiful places.