July 15 is a holiday in Cordillera

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Office of the President declared Saturday, July 15, 2017 as a special non-working holiday in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in time for the celebration of the region’s 30th founding anniversary.


Proclamation No. 247 dated July 5, 2017 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea cited that it is but fitting and proper for the people of the CAR be given the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion of celebrating the region’s founding anniversary through fitting ceremonies, thus, the declaration of July 15, 2017 as a special non-working day in the region.

By July 15, 2017, the host local government, Benguet Province, and the host agency, the Cordillera office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP-CAR), were able to prepare a fitting program which will be held at the Wangal Sports Complex in La Trinidad, Benguet wherein delegations from all over the region will be joining the celebration.

The July 15 activities will kick off with a parade of the delegations from the Benguet Provincial Capital up to the Wangal Sports Complex where the main program will be held.

Executive Order No. 220 issued by former President Corazon C. Aquino on July 15, 1987 created the CAR which is composed of the provinces of Abra, Benguet, Mountain Province and the City of Baguio from Region I and the provinces of Ifugao and Kalinga and Apayao from Region II.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “CAR@30: A Celebration of Cordillera Unity” which seeks to bind the Cordillerans in advancing the region’s renewed quest for regional autonomy.

By Dexter A. See


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.