Based on our research, there are several ways to get to Fang-od’s place in Buscalan, Kalinga. But, if you wish to follow how we did it, here’s how:
- Take a bus to Tabuk. We chose to ride Victory Liner Kamias and paid Php 569.00 per person. We took the 7 PM trip and arrived in Tabuk at around 5:30 AM the following day. There are two bus lines that can get you to Tabuk, Cable Tours and Victory Liner Kamias. But, because I’m used to taking Victory Liner whenever I go to Baguio or Manaoag, Tara and I chose the latter. To ensure, as much as possible, that our trip would go as planned, we bought the tickets the night before. This turned out to be a good thing because, upon arrival in Tinglayan, we found out that there were three (3) others who were also planning to go to Kalinga that day but were not able to buy tickets to Tabuk.
- Take a jeep to Tinglayan. From what I understand, there are a couple of jeepneys that would take you to Tinglayan, which leaves at between 8 AM and 10 AM. Since trips to Tinglayan are limited, the drivers would usually wait for the jeepneys to be full, complete with top load. We paid Php 120.00 each for the fare.
- Take a jeep to Tulgao. We stayed a day and a half in Tinglayan to go around the village and to attend a wedding, before we went to Buscalan. On the day of our visit to Fang-od, we waited along the highway for the jeep that would get us to Tulgao. The jeepney arrived at around 8 AM. By the time it got to where we were, the only available spot, if you can call it that, was on the roof of the jeepney. It was one of the scariest rides I’ve had all my life and the first for this trip. But, the experience was all worth it, since I got to see the beautiful mountains and rivers along the way. We paid Php 20.00 each.
- Hike to Buscalan. If you’re a newbie hiker and someone who does not understand and speak their dialect, it would be best that you get a guide. Some of the people we met could communicate in Tagalog or English but nearing Fang-od’s community, most of the people we met could only speak their local dialect. Here’s the contact number of our guide, Francis Pa-in: +63.915.769.0843.
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