Thursday, December 01, 2016

Mountain Province : Chillax Mountainscape @ Maligcong

Maligcong Rice Terraces

For Gwen Estafani, the idea of a Sweet Escape is to recreate a place that is her own world where she could be his favorite girl. For me, I need not recreate my own world but instead just pack my bag, hop on a bus (twice), topload on a jeep and be in Maligcong - Mountain Province's heaven on earth.

Natural Smoke
I have been to countless rice terraces in the Philippines and I consider the rice terraces in Maligcong to be one of the most beautiful. What I like about it also is that these rice terraces are not confined in single place but is scattered almost everywhere in the Barangay. Also, the planting season vary in each place so you can have different views of greens in one place then a view of watered terraces on the other.

My Favorite View
To wander around the barangay, all you need to do is walk. There is a level of narrow cemented path that takes you all the way to different villages, although some portion need repair, it is an easy walk if you have the stamina for the up and down of the stone steps. Further up, you could visit Mount Fato and Mount Kopapey for breathtaking view of the village.

Enveloping Clouds
Or if you just want to chillax, you could simply stay at Suzette's Homestay sipping one of the most delicious coffee you will ever taste. You could just sit down at the veranda with a pleasant view of the rice terraces. Depending on the time of day, you could watch how the clouds envelope the mountains or of how the blue skies complement the lush greenery of the mountains.

Wild Flower
Or you could play with Maku, Misty, Tiny and of course, the canine king of the mountains, Kunig. In fact, in Maligcong, you must love dogs. They will accompany and guard you when you trek to the mountains and they will join you especially during meals. Kunig and these lovable dogs are just one of the reasons why you will miss the place.

Galawang Breezy
Or you could just sleep all day because the weather is so bed-conducive. In my almost five days there, I spent almost half of it in my bed... well, that includes reading books too.

Mountainous Terrace
Or you could just eat, drink and be merry. The place has the freshest produce there is. There are ripened guavas, mushrooms and spicy peppers in the backyard, so I cooked Binabayasan. There are also papaya fruits, ginger and sili leaves in the garden, so I cooked Tinola. Suzette also fermented some rice wine, so we drank some to combat the chill of the night.

Awesome View
At Maligcong, you can be as adventurous as you want or you just chill. For me, all I do what eat, pray, and walk. And as I walk in the rice fields of the mountains, with the music on my phone playing... "
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If I could escape and recreate a place that's my own world And I could be your favorite girl (forever), perfectly together Tell me boy, now wouldn't that be sweet? (sweet escape) If I could be sweet, I know I've been a real bad girl (I'll try to change) I didn't mean for you to get hurt (whatsoever) We can make it better Tell me boy, wouldn't that be sweet? (sweet escape)
I could only muster... " WOOHOO, YEEHOO!"

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And for the best accommodation, please contact Suzette's Homestay at this link.


  1. The terraces are a sight to behold.

  2. You forgot to note that you wore your chef's hat there and delighted Suzette's kids with Spaghetti ala Oman :D