Roadside Scenery of Tinglayan: Where are you Sleeping Beauty??

Tinglayan is a municipality of Kalinga in the Cordillera Region. It’s name was derived from the word “Tinonglay” which means the making of an earthen container where sugarcane wine is brewed. Looking at the map, the terrain is made up mostly of towering mountains and the famous Sleeping Beauty. Thanks to the gradual improvement of the highway system in this region, there are better opportunities for the residents.

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I have not heard nor read about this part of the Cordillera before setting out on my North Luzon Loop trip but that’s the whole idea. I want it to be a surprise. One setback of that though is I cannot wander off to some unknown trail I see along the way. The main highway I am on has been more than enough of an adventure trail anyway. The scenery was amazing too! And what is this Sleeping Beauty you speak of?

I didn’t quite have a good night sleep in Lubuagan but it was definitely a memorable experience. No matter how traumatic it was. I left Lubuagan proper before daybreak.

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Mountaintops floating in a sea of clouds just as the sun rises. It’s a beautiful morning!

By the time I was on the outskirts of Lubuagan, I found someone was riding by my side..

By the time I was on the outskirts of Lubuagan, I found someone was riding by my side.. My shadow!!

It was another fine day of adventure riding..

It was another fine day of adventure riding..

Dhona poses as I try to be creative with my shots.

Dhona poses as I try to be creative with my shots.

This one was also being creative. The road is her canvass.

This one was also being creative. The road is her canvass.

The terrain here is more technical than those in Tabuk, Pasil, or Lubuagan. Occasionally, the pavement would disappear as the road narrows to a single, rocky trail. But that doesn’t stop the Kalingans with their day to day lives.  Down the road, there would be a cluster of houses every few kilometers. It is near the Chico River after all.

Brgy Banad maybe?  Upper and lower...

Brgy Banad maybe? Upper and lower…

Approaching Brgy. Ambato Legleg proper..

Approaching Brgy. Ambato Legleg proper..

A hanging bridge connects the community to the other side of the Chico River.

A hanging bridge connects the community to the other side of the Chico River. #photobomb

A fork on the road confused me and I started climbing uphill. A resident confirmed my doubts and I turned back. Had I continued, I could’ve ended up off-road riding to Tulgao. Maybe I should have just played along like I didn’t suspect I was off-track. Next time, perhaps?

Once I got back on the main road, I passed by another hanging bridge leading to another community. Google Maps has low-resolution images on this part of Kalinga so I am not sure I am tagging my pictures correctly but I bet this is the Old Tinglayan Proper.

You think your driveway is too far from your front door??

You think your driveway is too far from your front door??

These are actually better at some parts of the road in the cities.

These are actually better at some parts of the road in the cities.

Another guess.. this is probably somewhere near Brgy Luplupa.

Another guess.. this is probably somewhere near Brgy Luplupa.

Eye-catching hanging bridge to Brgy Basao.

Eye-catching hanging bridge to Brgy Basao.

It was only 07:15 AM when I got to the Sleeping Beauty view deck in Brgy. Basao. The mountain is called Sleeping Beauty because (I’m just learning this after the trip) a mountain ridge forms the silhouette of a sleeping woman. It came out of a tale of two lovers who got separated because of a tribal war and the woman died in the mountains waiting for the return of her lover. OK…. but where is she?

Best view, huh? Suggestion, please post a description where to look.

Best view, huh? Suggestion, please post a description where to look. View deck coordinates: 17° 13′ 37.63″ N 121° 6′ 38.74″ E

I thought the ridge directly in front of me is the sleeping beauty. Like I said, I didn’t research this part of the trip so I have no idea how it should look like. Besides, at that time of the day, the sun was still struggling to get over the towering mountains of the Cordilleras so I couldn’t really see much. Too much glare!

Post-processing the pictures and with the help of Google after the trip, I realized I have actually captured the Sleeping Beauty in a shot focused at the winding Chico River.

How convenient of the power lines to get in the way.

How convenient of the power lines to get in the way.

The forehead, eyes, nose, chin and neck are well defined. The rest of the body parts protruding from a woman’s body is also obvious with a little imagination. Earlier in the post the Sleeping Beauty already did a cameo appearance on a photo of a hanging bridge. Scroll up. In a while, we will get another glimpse of her at a different location.

These roads are safer than the asphalted ones with a hidden half-foot deep pothole.

These roads are safer than the asphalted ones with a hidden half-foot deep pothole.

A few kilometers more of off-road riding and I reaching Brgy. Bugnay.

A few kilometers more of off-road riding and I reached Brgy. Bugnay.

Bugnay was very picturesque. Aside from everything they have going – the hanging bridge, the river, the terraces, the houses, and the fresh air, I envy how they are able to stay in the shade of the mountain even if it is almost 8 in the morning! How cool is that!?

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pure envy!

pure envy!

These are the heads of the giant Igorot robots disguised as houses. At the hint of any trouble, they reveal their true form and show no mercy.. You've been warned dam-builders!!

These are the heads of the giant Igorot robots disguised as houses. At the hint of any trouble, they reveal their true form and show no mercy.. You’ve been warned dam-builders!!

I came upon a Kilometer Post showing the road (probably a dirt trail) to smaller villages and was so tempted but I really had no idea how much farther Sagada is. I felt sad I don’t have enough time to explore but I vowed to return next time with more appropriate tires. Down the road was a cement mixer and a worker. I thought, “What the heck is he doing?!” Looking at the condition of the truck, it has probably broken down and Kuya there was mixing the cement by hand! [plausible]

Notice the worker getting swallowed by the cement mixer.

Notice the worker getting swallowed by the cement mixer.

Hi there, Preggy Piggy!! How was the visit to the OB?

Hi there, Preggy Piggy!! How was the visit to the OB?

Another view of Bugnay Village.

Another view of Bugnay Village.

Without knowing it at that time, I also caught Sleeping Beauty in this shot.

Without knowing it at that time, I also caught Sleeping Beauty in this shot.

The cemented road has reappeared but there were too many landslides. There were sand, rocks and mounds of dirt everywhere. And then there was this elevated portion of the highway overlooking the tip of a mountain ridge. I carefully inched my way to the edge.

Almost like an aerial view..

Almost like an aerial view..

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The Kalinga-Mountain Province boundary

The Kalinga-Mountain Province boundary

After I crossed the KalingaMountain Province boundary, something big welcomed me..

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There were also interesting rock formations down the river.

There were also interesting rock formations down the river.

It's so smooth you won't have anything to hold on to when you tumble down its side.

It’s so smooth you won’t have anything to hold on to when you tumble down its side.

looking around....

looking around….

I took a quick 10-minute break as I take in the scenery and imagined a lot of those I just saw won’t be there had the Chico Dam Project pushed through. I also would’ve not seen most of it if I didn’t spend the night in Lubuagan.  As I got ready to make the final push for Sagada, I promised Kalinga I will be back!

Leaving Kalinga....

Leaving Kalinga….

..and into Mountain Province! Sagada, get ready because here I…. hhmmmm… wait a minute.. Sadanga is all the way up there??!? A high-altitude ride on the next post!

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About Dom de la Torre

The rider is a 20-something Filipino that rides a Honda Wave 125cc underbone. He knows little about motorcycles yet loves the experience going places on two wheels. Rider Ako is a motorcycle-slash-travel blog. The rider not only shares to you travel destinations and what to see there but also the experience of getting there. You will read about the thrills and adventure when he rides solo, the romance of riding in tandem, the camaraderie riding with a group, the excitement participating in events, and anything that he thinks you might find interesting.When he's broke and the fuel's empty, he will share stories about motorcycling how he sees it through his helmet visor.
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7 Responses to Roadside Scenery of Tinglayan: Where are you Sleeping Beauty??

  1. Marcos C. says:

    You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
    ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

    HAPPY TRAVELS 🙂

  2. nomad says:

    Wow! I was able to go to Tabuk when I was still a student on a medical mission. We had military escorts because of NPAs in the area ( buhay pa yata si Father Balweg nun)…believe ako sa tapang mo, travelling solo on those trails!

    • Things must be unstable back then. Peaceful na peaceful naman nung nandun ako. I did see three military outposts pero chill lang sila. There’s no sign that they were slightly suspicious of anyone.

  3. sam says:

    Sir Doms may i have your contact/cellphone number? i am interested with your itinerary. i would like to ask for advice frm u. mahilig din me mag-ride, mag-site seeing, mag-explore w/ my motorcycle… kaya lang mabagal me magpatakbo… 😉

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