Sagada's Festival of Lights
Sagada's Festival of Lights

I was digging through my archives on some photos I could find in relation to Halloween. I found some old 2005 photos that I still haven’t posted here. It would seem I’ve been posting Sagada every All Saint’s Day on this site. Perhaps because I find their traditional practice still interesting at this time when I find Filipino Halloween practices being more modern and commercial with lots of western influences coming in.

A skull at one of the Burial Caves
A skull at one of the Burial Caves

I’ve read reports that less people visit the graves on this days already. Halloween parties are around. I somehow find it funny that we’re celebrating it now much like how a Christmas party does. It’s fun to see people in costumes, kids “trick-or-treating” and Halloween decorations adding colors to establishments. But it’s also good to see this age old practices still being observed by our brothers in the highlands.

Happy All Saint’s Day everyone! November rolls in….

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Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.

20 Responses to “All Saint’s Day 2008”

  1. Me and my friends just got back from Sagada. As rumors have it, the butt-numbing trip from Manila-Baguio-Sagada was all worth it. Although we hadn’t stayed for the festival mentioned above, we were still rewarded with cool climate, Kiltepan sunrise, and Ampacao/Lake Danum sunset. And the food, vegetable fried rice was my favorite. FYI, no two restaurants served the same recipe. Thanks to ironwulf and lagalog for the heads-up on a good place to stay. St Joseph’s garden was splendid!

  2. The first pic looks like a hell……..its a surreal of a place calle Hades in the Bible….yung second pic naman similar talaga sya nung logo ng Skull & Bones which is one of the elite underground organizations in US……….very spooky ang dating…

  3. Punta na dun Travis!

    haha! interesting nga mag night shoot dun Erick! pag nagkataon will try that as well. Para me spooky feel.

    Happy All Saint’s day din Dom.

    tr-eat na lang Oggie. Hehe.

    Glad to hear you enjoyed Sagada Jaki! I agree on the distinction of dishes from each restaurants there. Glad to be of help to your trip.

    Yup Major Tom! it’s taken in the cemetery in Sagada during their Festival of lights. Hmmm I should look for that movei. hehe

    hahaha! katakot ba Eric? Reminds me of constantine movie nga.

    happy halloween as well Sidney!

  4. i did a post on my memories of sagada all saints day. i was looking at an image that captures what i wrote, and the one you have here is just perfect. wanted to know if i can have your permission to post the pic in my blog, with no alterations and the photo linking back to this particular post on your site. hope you will consider this request.

    cheers from a sagada-igorot.

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