The Igorot to bury their dead in hanging coffins for both practical and spiritual reasons. (Image: Lagaw Travelogue)
With its picturesque mountains surrounded by mist, Sagada is known as a backpacking haven. Yet ironically, one popular tourist is dedicated to the dead instead of the living. Along with two other entries, the Hanging Coffins
at Echo Valley landed in the fourth spot in our list.
To keep dogs and their enemies away from the corpses of their loved ones, the Igorot tribe would hang their coffins beside a cliff. Aside from practical reasons, they believed that placing the dead here would let their spirits reach heaven faster, and allow them to watch over their living family members.
Nelly’s Garden, a symbol of old-word opulence in Iloilo (Image: Nelly Garden Tours & Services)
Iloilo has dozens of old churches
and heritage houses to excite any history buff. The flourishing of the sugar industry led to the construction of stately houses for sugar barons and other affluent families.
One of the most notable old mansions in the city is Nelly’s Garden, built in the Beaux Artes-style of the early 1920s. There’s also Casa Mariquit, where it is said that anyone who tries to take home something from the house falls ill. On the other hand, the Ledesma mansion in Jaro has served as a venue for horror video shoots.
Cambugahay Falls, a three-tiered waterfall in Lazi, Siquijor (Image: Isla de Fuego)
The island province of Siquijor is usually associated with the mangkukulam (sorcerer) and aswang (shape-shifting ghoul). Belief in the occult is deeply ingrained among the locals that during Holy Week, healers and herbalists from Visayas and Mindanao come together to brew healing potions. This tradition was said to have been practiced before the 1930s, particularly in the villages of San Antonio and Cantabon. The province is also known for their many mananambal (healers), including bolo-bolo (craft healing) practitioners, who perform a body cleansing process using a drinking glass, water, stone, and a straw.
Even if one does not believe in sorcery, the natural wonders of Siquijor like waterfalls, caves, and white-sand beaches will leave visitors spell-bound.