It had taken me days to reach Sagada in the Philippines; I had taken a bus from Manila to the North then continued my journey by 4x4, and then by jeepney. I finally reached the Lumiang Burial Cave after a walk south of main town. My guide and I made our way down the steep steps into the cave, which was extremely big and had over 100 coffins against one side. Witnessing them was an interesting look at the rich history of the area; their ancestors, life and traditions. Some coffins are engraved with geckos, as this is believed to be a symbol of the long life of those placed inside. By being located inside the cave where light enters, it is believed that the light protects their souls.