It was a request from a friend who worked overseas.
Can we visit Sagada when I’m back in the Philippines?
Of course. Of course.
We set it up.
Sagada to me is a weekend off with friends to a quiet town up in the mountains, a long road trip.
Sagada is a quiet room in some retreat. It is foggy mornings. It is the hike to see hanging coffins or waterfalls.
Sagada is waking up at 3 in the morning, and hiking for about an hour to see the sunrise above a sea of clouds. It is tasting wild blueberries on the way back. It is hitching a ride on the back of a truck.
Sagada is the comfort you get to have with people you’ve known for a really long time — since high school, in our case. High school ended 14 years ago. Sagada means more secrets shared and inside jokes. It is arguments and fighting. It is making up.