Sagada is a fifth class income municipality in Mountain Province where garden farming agriculture and tourism are the primary industries flourishing in the town. The municipality is famous for its hanging coffins, ancient burial caves, mountains, waterfalls, and Sagada coffee.
Hanging coffins, a traditional way of burying their deceased loved ones, is believed to continue until the present. However, there are two major qualifications one must meet: being an elder and when that person has done significant contribution to the society. Being an elder doesn’t come with age. To be considered an elder, they must be a grandparent. Nevertheless, elders are more revered than politicians.
Sagada coffee, a kind of Arabica coffee that is produced locally, is one of the items tourists usually bring home with them. Other crops that are planted here are cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and beans, among others.
Sagada is one of the towns in Northern Philippines where indigenous rites and traditions are preserved due to lack of influence of Spanish colonization.
The town is mainly inhabited by people from various indigenous tribes in the Cordilleras, collectively called Igorots. Igorots are generally nice and warm, but possesses a strong affinity for their heritage.
Sagada is predominantly Anglican with 95% to 98% members while the rest is shared by Catholics, Born Again Christians, and others. The Church of St. Mary the Virgin is a famous landmark in the heart of Sagada attesting to the Episcopal dominance in the town.
The local languages commonly spoken in Sagada are Ilocano, Ibaloi, Kankana-ey, Ifugao, and Filipino (Tagalog). The locals are also adept in speaking English.
On average, Sagada has similar climate to that of Baguio City.
Sagada offers a plethora of activities such as hiking, spelunking, and swimming due to its beautiful man-made and natural features. Tourists also visit Sagada for “soul searching” and it is also one of the places where movie tapings have taken place.
Daily bus trips going to Sagada are available daily from Baguio City like Lizardo Trans, where first trip starts at 6:00 AM. For group trips, hiring a private van or jeepney is recommended. The famous Highest Point of the Philippine’s highway system will be passed along the way. The trip may take around 6 to 7 hours, considering the current weather and road conditions.