Benguet Agri-Tourism and Cultural Village opens at La Trinidad

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Feb. 28 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Benguet and the Department of Tourism – Cordillera(DOT-CAR) recently opened the newest trade and tourism attraction in the province.

 

Provincial officials headed by Gov. Crescencio Pacalso and DOT-CAR Regional Director Marie Venus Tan held the ribbon cutting and blessing of the Benguet Agri-Tourism and Cultural Village at the Benguet Sports Center in Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet last week.

Pacalso said the new attraction is part of the Benguet’s way to complement the tourism industry of Baguio City  while rediscovering the rich history, culture, arts, trades and industries of the province.

The Benguet Agri-Tourism and Cultural Village is  the old agri-tourism trade fair booths from last year’s Adivay Festival celebration. The 13 municipalities built their own native huts and were improved into better booths which feature the beauty and grandeur of Benguet.

All the province’s 13 towns have their respective booths featuring local agricultural produce and processed products, crafts and indigenous products with agri-tourism landscape and garden show.

Aside from tourism promotion, the village is also seen as a pasalubong center of the province where the towns can display their products such as their own One-Town-One-Products (OTOP).

The Cultural village is open daily. The Benguet Provincial Tourism Office also has given each municipality three days every week starting February 24 to May 21 to have their own activities which feature their culture and tradition, including their rituals, lifestyle and other highlights of their respective municipalities.

Benguet Tourism Officer Claire Prudencio shared that they   thought of making the booths     into something to help municipalities to display their product and to showcase their culture so they transformed it. She added that these also serve as information center of municipalities.

Pacalso said the idea was bolstered by the DOT-CAR as a tourist come-on for the province especially with the coming holiday and summer season.

Tan said the DOT will also include the cultural village in the itinerary of tourists who visits Baguio even after the Panagbenga festival. This is to help in the promotion of Benguet and its municipalities in their tourism industry. (JDP/RMC, V.  Martin & A. Martinez- PIA-CAR/ Interns)

 

Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.