Rising 2,922 meters above sea level, Mt. Pulag is the third highest mountain in the Philippines. It's a sacred place for the people of Cordillera region, a place where spirits reside and is the gateway to the Great Beyond.
The mountain gained popularity over the past years because of its majestic views and accessibility from Baguio City. In turn, it has brought livelihood to communities around it. However, the deluge of outsiders also brought pollution and disturbances to the sacred site. Littering is common, while the worst damage done to date was a fire caused by campers which burned down six hectares of grassland.
With Pulag in flux, will it ever return to the place of peace it once was?
Photographed for Kamusta? Magazine in collaboration with Trail Adventours.