Panag-Apoy: Pananglagip Sin Minatey


Contrary to popular belief, the panag-apoy is not a purely indigenous practice by the northern Kankanaey residents of Sagada in the Mt. Province, but one infused with a strong Western religious influence. The panag-apoy, which literally means “to produce fire”, is practiced by Sagada natives every 1st of November as pananglagip sin minatey — a way of remembering their dead relatives. Sagada Kankanaeys use saeng — long thin splinters of pitched pine, blessed by the local priest — instead of conventional candles.

These mini bonfires in front of graves lit up the darkening cemetery, enveloping the surroundings in a thick veil of smoke.

Traveling to Sagada

Here is a sample weekend itinerary (and projected cost as of 01 JULY 2016):


0900PM: Depart for Sagada via CODA Lines <0927.559.2197> (Fare: PHP720)


1000AM: ETA Sagada / Register at tourism office (PHP35/pax) / Check in at Villa de Familia*

0100PM: Echo valley / hanging coffin tour (PHP300 guide fee)**


0400AM: Kiltepan Sunrise (you can do the hour-long trek to Kiltepan summit or you can avail of a shuttle service at the Tourist Informations Center. Just fill out a form indicating your pick up time and a designated shuttle will get in touch with you. Rate is from PHP25 to PHP300 per van.***

From 0500AM to 0100PM: You do caving and food tripping, or even o trek to a nearby waterfalls. just make sure you make it to the SAGADA-MANILA bus which leaves at…

0230PM (or 0330PM): Depart for Manila via CODA Lines (Fare PHP720)


0400AM: ETA Manila

* Villa de Familia <0918.959.4570> at PHP300/pax/night is in close proximity to the Tourist Information Center, the Police Station and Municipal Hall, as well as some of the more popular restaurants, including The Yoghurt House and Masferre.

**  Or, if you are confident of your navigation skills, you may opt to do it yourself sans guide; however, the Tourism Office does not recommend this practice, as it it is encouraged to employ a local guide.

*** Or you can get in touch with Chase <0906.229.1301>.


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2 Responses to Panag-Apoy: Pananglagip Sin Minatey

  1. mgavan says:

    Ooh, so that’s why there are burnt spots in the cemetery when we passed by.

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