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Sagada, although very little is documented on paper, has a rich history that dates back to the 1600s when the Spanish regime had strongholds all over the Philippine Islands. It is believed to have been founded by migrants from already existing villages at the time — forming the first 6 ili or small villages that were the foundation of its evolution to township. On the other hand, according to Sagada folklore, the first settler who gets the credit for the spiritual and cultural practices in Sagada is a man named Biag whose adventures with his dog are told in different versions in local stories. How the town got its name is another story.
Read more below about the history of Sagada and its people who collectively identify themselves as part of the Igorots translating to “people from the mountains”.
A SHORT HISTORY OF SAGADA
The Municipality of Sagada is located in the province of Mountain Province within the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), to the northern part of Philippines. There is a total of 19 barangays within the municipality.