"Ipeyas nan Gawis"

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Described as the ‘Little American town’ in the early 1950s, Sagada continue to be so as the favorite tourist destination in the north until today. Contributory to Sagada’s development to what it is today was its establishment as seat of the Anglican mission by the coming of the American missionaries and with the founding of Saint Mary’s School by Rev. Fr. John A. Staunton in 1904 that had always offered quality education until today. Reconciling Christianity, education and culture, Sagada still maintains the dap-ay as an indigenous institution with sets of customary decrees and pronouncements upholding the values of upright citizenship. On the other aspect of what is making Sagada a developed community as a tourist destination are what  its rich culture had brought in relation to the use of nature’s gifts such as their majestic caves, burial grounds, mountains, waterfalls, underground rivers, as well as the people’s ingenuity as reflected in their unique arts and crafts.  This God-given wonders are however slowly being degraded because of human activities influenced by modernization and migration.