Meet Tita Myrna and Tito Raul, she’s 52, he’s 53. A social worker in Bulacan and a tennis instructor in Abu Dhabi. They’re two of the most adventurous couples that I met during a trip in Sagada last March. They joined us in surviving the Cave Connection activity in this part of the Mountain Province.
March 4, 2011
Spelunking at the Cave Connection in Sagada
Tita Myrna & Tito Raul in action at the Cave Connection in Sagada, Mountain Province
After eating lunch, we proceeded to the entrance in Lumiang Cave to start our spelunking adventure. The Cave Connection in Sagada is one of the popular activities that one must undertake if ever you want to try exploring a cave.
Entering from the Burial or Lumiang Cave and exiting at the Sumaging Cave, the whole duration would take at least four hours of trekking, climbing, sliding and crawling. All the while, you will be assisted with professional guides to also teach you a couple of things about the cave and some bits of information along the way.
spelunking in Sagada
We wasted no time as this was going to be a long exercise. Contacting the Sagada Genuine Guides Association (SAGGAS), Andrew became our lead guide as he gave tips during the trek.
“Fall in line, fastest one will be at the last.” – this was to ensure that we would leave no one behind.
The guides carried lamps and we were tasked to remove our shoes to get a better grip of the rocks and avoid slipping. You can just lend your camera, point and shoot or DSLR to them too. They know how to handle these gadgets so it won’t be difficult for you to get a number of photos in action.
127 Hours Reference
One of the highlights that really sparked my interest during the trip was jumping on a natural pool that was freakishly cold. Around 5 degrees Celsius, a few companions and I took a dip in the water and the coldness hurt a little until my body got used to the temperature. This reminded me of the movie with James Franco playing Aron Ralston in 127 Hours.
With all the rock formations inside, I simply had to insert my arm in one of the holes, pretending to be trapped. Don’t get me wrong though, I love the movie and found it very inspiring. Despite the guy cutting his arm, he still pursued his passion for exploring.
Stalactites & Stalagmites
The caves are filled with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites and as a lesson on responsible tourism, these stalagmites should not be touched because these usually takes thousands or millions of years to form. Our skin acts like an acid which hinders the growth of these rocks when touched. – see more info here: Wikipedia – Stalagmite.
We climbed, we slipped, we fell, we we slid, all the time, Tita Myrna & Tito Raul also climbed, slipped, fell and slid. We passed through narrow holes and we also got wet in the process.
As a tip, wear clothes that you don’t want to bother showing off. You’ll get wet and dirty along the way that vanity should be the least of your concern. One needs to be careful and follow the guides to ensure safety. The SAGGAS were very professional with how they handled the tour and it showed that they really knew what they were doing.
It’s a shame if one of us complained when you couldn’t hear a single remark from the couple saying they were tired. They had fun and the best thing was that they were game enough to smile for photos when I took their shots.
Tita Myrna in Sagada
We came in at 3pm and got out to the other side at 7:30pm, it took us 4.5 hours which wasn’t so bad with all the photo ops along the way. I know we were going to be sore the next morning but I couldn’t rant. We had these folks joining us who were also happy to survive this Cave Connection adventure.
It just goes to show that you can never be too old to go on a travel adventure. If this couple was able to do it, then so can you.
6 Months After…
Luckily saving her number on my phone, I called Tita Myrna 6 months after our Sagada adventure and had a quick interview. She warmly remembers me when I explained who I was and sends her regards to the rest of our companions. It turns out that Tito Raul is in the United Arab Emirates but he’ll be back some time this year, just in time for the late holidays. I grinned at the thought that I discovered when I asked a little further…
*Conversation translated to English
Me: So Tita. What prompted you to go to Sagada?
Tita Myrna: Nothing really, while having breakfast in Banaue, we overheard a conversation that it’s a nice to place to visit.
Me: So you never planned it at all?
Tita Myrna: No, we didn’t even have extra clothes. All I had with me was my make-up!
Me: What did you do there?
Tita Myrna: My husband and I just decided to go there.
Me: So you went out for a date?
Tita Myrna: Umm, yeah. You can call it that.
A decision out of curiosity and the desire to spend time together. With no plan, no itinerary, no idea even, on what to expect there. They went to Sagada just for a date.
This is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Blogger’s Blog Carnival themed Unforgettable Human Encounters on the Road which is hosted by Marky of Nomadic Experiences. Click on the Blog Carnival Logo on the left to see more interesting posts and topics.
Check out my other blog articles about my Sagada adventure trip here:
- Sagada Trip and The Movies
- Sagada Trip: Side Trip to Banaue NO Rice Terraces
- Sagada Trip: Crazy Toploading from Banaue to Bontoc
- Sagada Trip: Never Too Old for a Cave Connection Adventure
- Sagada Trip: Kiltepan Peak Sunrise
- Sagada Trip: Trekking Aguid Rice Terraces
- Sagada Trip: Slipped and Hit My Head on a Rock in Bomod-ok Falls
- Sagada Trip: Weekend Saturday Market
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