Sunrise viewing at Sagada’s famous Kiltepan Peak has been temporarily put on hold after a devastating fire hit the popular tourist spot recently.
A must-visit among travelers and mountaineers, Kiltepan Peak provides its visitors with breathtaking views of the nearby mountains and plateaus. Most hikers start trekking as early as 3:00 AM so they won’t miss the famed sea of clouds, which often appear between 5:30 and 7:00 in the morning.
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Due to the Sagada fire, the local tourism office won’t be accepting tour requests in Kiltepan Peak in the meantime. There are, however, other alternatives for sunrise viewing; travelers only need to seek assistance from the Tourist Information Office.
Based on police reports, the Sagada fire razed two buildings located just behind the spot where tourists flock to watch the sunrise. Two explosions were also heard near Sitio Batalao, between 8:30 and 9:00 PM that day. Authorities found the affected areas already on fire when they arrived.
The structures—a house and a cafeteria—were owned by Wilson Capuyan, the widower of locally renowned entrepreneur Narda Capuyan. At the time of the fire, only the caretaker was inside the property.
The responding firemen were able to completely extinguish the fire just a few minutes before midnight. No casualties or injuries were reported during the incident.
Local police found unused explosives and a gasoline-filled cup in the scene. The investigation is still ongoing. According to reports, the fire caused an estimated P5 million in damages.
Kiltepan Peak gained popularity after being featured in a local rom-com movie entitled That Thing Called Tadhana, starring JM de Guzman and Angelica Panganiban.
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