30th Cordillera Month celebration kicks off in Benguet

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 30(PIA) -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) thru the Committee on Indigenous Peoples Concerns (CIPC) with the Provincial Government of Benguet launched the 30th Cordillera Foundation anniversary celebration this July in a kapihan media forum on Wednesday.

 

The province of Benguet is the provincial host for this year’s celebration with the theme, “CAR @ 30: A Celebration of Unity.”

“It is evolving into a better celebration ever year, I am optimistic that the celebration gets better as the years go by. I am looking forward for a vigorous celebration this year,” Benguet Governor Crescencio Pacalso said during the forum.

The provincial government with the RDC-CIPC has lined up various activities for the month-long celebration.

“Cordillera foundation day is the celebration of all the people in the Cordillera; we should celebrate this with unity and reminisce the past 30 years that we have been working for the elusive autonomy,” Pacalaso said.  He is optimistic that the elusive dream of autonomy will be realized under the Duterte administration.

Meanwhile, National Commission for Indigenous Peoples Regional Director Roland Calde, the RDC-CIPC chair, said this year’s celebration aims to impart to Cordilllerans their shared identity and their pursuit for regional autonomy.

Calde said that this year marks the 30 years of struggle rooted from the indigenous people’s aspiration for autonomy. This struggle was started by the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera themselves many years back.

“In our celebration this year, we would like to emphasize that we, Cordillerans, still have better options of becoming autonomous region and it is given to us  the but it is up to the people to decide,” said Calde.

Activities lined up for Cordillera Month celebration include the traditional Cordillera Unity Gong Relay which will kick off on July 8 and will travel to the different Cordillera provinces and be back to the province of Benguet on July 15 in time for the Cordillera Day parade and program at the Benguet Sports Complex.

The Cordillera Day program will also feature the Cordillera Coffee Pavillion and Trade Exhibit at the Benguet Sports Complex and the Shayoney Fashion Show at the SM City Baguio.

The NCIP, DENR, DSWD and the local government units will also spearhead the regionwide provincial tree planting for NCIP Educational Assistance Program Grantees, Pantawid Pamailyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps and other stakeholders from July 9 to 31.

The 2nd International Conference on Cordillera Studies will be on July 12 to 14 at the CAP John Hay Convention Center in Baguio City and the Cultural Summit – Celebrating Cordillera Heritage will be on July 28 at the Benguet Provincial Capitol.

Pacalso encouraged all the people of the Cordillera especially the youth to participate and take part of the historic celebration of the Cordillera with the various lined up activities.

Provincial activities by the different CAR provinces will also be done including tree planting and tending activities. (JDP/RMC/ P. Otoman & M. Paquiz/PIA CAR- UP 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.