Sec Dureza to grace Cordillera Day

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, July 6(PIA) - - In its long-time struggle towards an autonomous region, the Cordillera Administrative Region will celebrate its 30th founding anniversary the whole month of July through pipelined activities.


Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jesus “Jess” Dureza will be the Guest of Honor and Speaker on July 15, 2017 Cordillera Foundation Day Program at the Benguet Sports Center Multipurpose Gym in Wangal.

With the theme, “CAR@30: A Celebration of Cordillera Unity”, the month-long celebration was launched through a kapihan last June 28 at the Gov. Ben Palispis Hall, Provincial Capitol.

The Sectoral Committee on Indigenous Peoples’ Concerns of the Regional Development Council chaired by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) spearheads the celebrations to be hosted by the Benguet provincial government.

Apart from the program, events for the Foundation Day will be held in the province. Apart from the program will be a parade at 7AM while a whole day Coffee Pavilion and Trade Exhibit will take place at the Wangal Sports Center spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Benguet Provincial Government, and the Department of Agriculture. At 5PM will be a Fashion Show but will be held at the Events Center in SM Baguio showcasing ethnic- inspired attires.

One of the highlights of the events will be the Unity Gong Relay which kicks off on July 8 at the Provincial Capitol and ends July 14 through a Fellowship Night at the Gov. Ben Palispis Hall, Provincial Capitol. This features the passing on of the symbolic unity gong around the Cordillera provinces as a call for unity towards achieving an autonomous status of the Cordillera region.

For a widespread celebration, there will also be provincial celebrations during the month thru the conduct of information education campaign activities on regional autonomy and development alongside with tree planting activities of the NCIP educational assistance program and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and other stakeholders.

The University of the Philippines Baguio Cordillera Studies Center will host the Second International Conference on Cordillera Studies from July 12 – 14 at the CAP-John Hay, Baguio City.

A Cordillera Got Talent showdown will take place regionwide on July 14 spearheaded by DSWD and the State Universities and Colleges. On the same day, there will also be a Youth Concert for Regional Autonomy at the Benguet State University spearheaded by the National Economic and Development Authority.

On June 27 will be a conference at the Benguet State University on the History of Struggle Against the Chico Dam and Cellophil Project led by BSU and other SUCS, Benguet Provincial Government and NEDA.

The month-long festivities will culminate on June 28 thru a Cultural Summit tagged, “Celebrating Cordillera Heritage” at the Gov. Ben Palispis Hall, Provincial Capitol. Susan C. Aro  (SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)


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.