Cordillera Autonomous Region marks 30 years

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Workers and officials from various government line agencies and representatives from other civilian as well as non-governmental organizations marched from the Benguet Provincial Capitol Grounds to Wangal Sports Complex here to mark the 30th anniversary of the Cordillera Autonomous Region as a regional political administrative entity.

 

The occasion was dubbed “CAR @ 30, A celebration of Cordillera Unity.”

On July 15, 1987, 30 years ago, under the Executive Order 220 of then President Corazon Aquino, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) was established composed of Mountain Province, Benguet, Ifugao, Abra and Kalinga-Apayao (which were one province at that time until they are separated in two on July 14, 1995).

CAR stood as a special region embracing the six provinces and two cities, Baguio and Tabuk.

Prior to the creation of the region the provinces of Benguet, Mountain Province and Abra belonged to Region 1 with Ilocos Norte and Sur, Pangasinan and La Union, while the provinces of Ifugao and Kalinga-Apayao were included in Region 2 along with the rest of the provinces in Cagayan Valley.

National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA) Executive Director Rico Pableo Jr., as guest speaker, challenged the government officials and all the people who participated in the celebration to strengthen Cordillera culture.

He spelled out CAR as COMMITMENT if the Cordillerans want to pursue their dreams; ADAPT where there is a need to be flexible to changing times and make effort to reach out to the millennials and RATIONALIZE where Cordillerans should believe and work hard for what they desire for their region. By Aldwin Quitasol, News5 | InterAksyon

 

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.
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