Once a year, the whole seminary leaves its home in Lipa and drives north towards the Central Cordillera Mountains. This more than 400-km journey offered us various scenes of the Luzon islands: from the busy Manila roads, through the plains of the Central Luzon up to the chilly climate of ever-popular Baguio City. From here, we still have to endure the zigzag roads which offered us a nice view of the green mountain ranges, the rice terraces, valleys, rivers and waterfalls. When this was over, we have to unload our baggage to begin this year’s convivencia in Sagada, Mountain Province. This is the fourth time we spent it in Sagada and it was not in vain.
The small town of Sagada is found in the midst of the picturesque Central Cordillera Mountain Range, about 4000 ft. above sea level. Staying there by the end of May, we found the weather was relatively cool in the morning, but turns cold in the afternoon where moderate to heavy rains abound. Mist of clouds and fogs would sometimes cover us, whether we’re at home or on at any outdoor activities. We were still able to enjoy the nice environment of Sagada. From our rooms which are surrounded with hundreds of pine trees, we could see the green Sagada Valley, a nearby river and waterfalls which are all running so strong clear. Most of our outdoor activities here were mountain climbing, but as limestone hills surround the town, we were given the opportunity to discover the ancient caves and underground rivers which are still admirably fresh and clean.