Culture defines the identity of Cordillera as a region- NCCA

LA TRINIDAD Benguet, July 21 (PIA) - - Continue to showcase the rich culture of  the Cordillera in every celebration  as culture is what defines the people in this region.


National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Executive Director Rico Pableo Jr. stressed this  in his keynote message during the Cordillera Day celebration at the Benguet Sports Complex last July 15, here.

Pableo  described  that watching the dance performances during the Cordillera Day celebration more than convinced him of the richness of the culture in the region that must be continuously and eagerly celebrated for the spirit of Cordillera culture to continue to live on.

Celebration or promotion of culture and the arts as an instrument for progress and  development is part of the agenda of the present administration under the Philippine Development Plan, he added.

In the promotion of Cordillera culture towards development, Pableo  shared two important Filipino virtues that the government is also pushing - “Malasakit  or  being    socially responsible and “Malikhain” or being creative.

Culture and arts must bear the character of “Malasakit” or  be sensitive and socially responsible as any development must be for the good of everyone  while “malikhain”  is for Cordillera, as one people, to showcase creativity and innovation in making a difference for the region, he stressed.

Meantime, Pableo also expressed the NCCA’s support to the region’s    pursuit of regional autonomy as attaining an autonomous   status will not only strengthen Cordillera’s identity as a region  but also the identity of   Cordillera culture and arts.

The 1987 Constitution provides for the establishment of autonomous region in   Cordillera and the  Muslim Mindanao.    

For the Cordillera Day celebration, contingents from the CAR provinces of Abra, Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province and host Benguet came together for the parade and program to show their unity towards the attainment of regional development and autonomy. (JDP/CCD and – R. Garcia- PIA CAR/ UC Intern)


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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