PCCO official promotes Strawberry Festival

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, March 19 (PIA) -- The Strawberry Festival is among the homegrown events that the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) would like to promote to tourists.

 

PCOO Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag, who was the guest of honor during the Strawberry Festival main program last Friday, said the Strawberry Festival    is not only about food   but a part of celebration of Cordillera culture which needs to be promoted.

“I am proud I am from the Cordilleras. I am proud of all the festivals we have because we are unique. Like in the South they identify themselves with their festivals and that is very important,” stressed Banaag who hails from Paracelis, Mountain Province.

Banaag said the PCOO together with other agencies such as the National Commission on Culture and the Arts, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and the Department of Education and the Dept. of Tourism who sit in the   Sub-committee on Culture and the Arts are planning to come up with ‘festival caravans’ to promote small town festivals for tourists to appreciate.

She said they want to go around and help homegrown festivals in the country like Strawberry Festival grow.

Banaag also  acknowledged the farmers who work hard under the   scorching heat of the sun tilling the soil, planting and nurturing the strawberry plants to bear fruits.

The strawberry festival exists because of the farmers who sustain the strawberry farms they till every season, she emphasized.

She also suggested to the local leaders to come up with an ordinance that would preserve the strawberry farms which should be sustained for the coming generations to enjoy. Benguet State University owns majority of the strawberry farms in the valley where tourists visit and have first- hand strawberry picking experience.

The local government should also come up with programs and activities that would engage the youth and become part of the festivities, she added. Susan C. Aro (JDP/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.
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