250 bikers join bikathon for a cause

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 5(PIA) - -About 250 bike enthusiasts from the different provinces in the Cordillera region joined the 1st Police Regional Office Cordillera “Padyak Tungo sa Pagbabago” last Friday.

 

The bikathnon  which started  at  the La Trinidad police station   thru  a  tough route  that ended   at  the PNP regional office in Camp Bado Dangwa, was aimed to raise funds  to help rehabilitate  drug  surrenderers in drug rehabilitation centers in the region while  enhancing awareness  about healthy lifestyle.  

PRO Cordillera regional director Police Chief Superintendent Elmo Francis Sarona handed over the checks worth P10,000 each to Dr. Mary Josephine Dulawan for the Ifugao Rehabilitation Center and to Dr. Clarrette Rosario P. Dy of Baguio General Hospital and Medical  for the out-patient treatment care for drug  surrenderers in their respective institutions.

‘I would like to thank the bikers especially those who came all the way from the provinces to be a part of this worthy cause for those what to change for a better and get rid of the bad vice of using illegal drugs’, Sarona said.

‘This is a good start and that we hope we can have more activities like this to raise funds and awareness on battling against illegal drugs’, he added.

Cazan Clyde Carreon topped the civilan category. James Dacayanan placed second and third was Sonny Lamsis.

Ben Henry Tarnate, five years old and and Wilter Henry Tarnate, 8, from Tabuk City are the youngest to join the Padjak Tungo sa Pagbabago.

“Sa mga kabataan katulad ko sana huwag subukan and nakaka-adict na droga, ma-involve na lang sa sports katulad ng bike, basketball at iba pa”, Tarnate said. (JDP/JBZ -PIA CAR)

 

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.