The Land of the Fire Mummies

“Pick only the beautiful ones,” Loleng Kilas, a 71 year old Ibaloi, indigenous people thriving in Benguet province, instructs me while bending over to collect the flowers from her farm perched on the slope of a headland. I met her serendipitously while ascending Mount Timbac – the third highest peak in Luzon – at the eponymous sitio of Timbac in …