7 NCCA-funded projects for implementation in Benguet

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, April 13 (PIA) -- In its continuing efforts to boost the promotion and preservation of culture and arts, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) allotted funding for seven projects to the Ibaloi and Kankana-ey cluster amounting to P1.435 million for implementation this year.


Heather Gate, Coordinator for the Ibaloy and Kankana-ey Cluster, said the approved  projects are the  Benguet Music Festival of the Benguet Provincial Government  - P200,000.00; Local History Writing Workshop of the Kamora National High School in Kabayan  - P185,000.00; Sustaining Public Awareness of Ibaloy History and Heritage through Akhad Eskwela Katutubo of the Onjon Ni Ivadoy, Inc. - P 375,000.00; Multiculturalism and Ethnic Identity Experiencing Authenticity in the City - University of Baguio Alumni Foundation, Inc. – P 375,000.00; Training of Indigenous Peoples Local Researchers in the Cordilleras on Documentation of Traditional Culture and Arts of the  Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance – P 100,000.00; Cultural and Educational Music Video Album and Translation of the Ibaloy "Ikul" CD Album in Benguet Kalanguya and Kankana-ey Languages of  Gleemore C. Makie – P 100,000.00,  and Documentation of Traditional Culture and Arts in Kabayan: Values, Customs and Traditions, Poetry and Songs of Kabayan local government – P 100,000.00.

Funds for  said projects were directly given to the proponents, said Gate.

Last year,  eight of the  nine NCCA-funded projects approved under the School of Living Tradition were implemented amounting to a total of P2.135 million.  These were  the Training on Ballay Performing Arts by Kamora National High School,  Training on Banayakeo Traditional Bamboo Crafting by Poblacion local government of Atok,  Training and Workshop for Skilled Gong ‘Ganza’ Making Cum Production  by  Bedbed Senior Citizens of  Mankayan, Training on Ibaloi Performing Arts in Topdac, Atok, Sagawsaw Ekip Cultural Festival  in Bokod, Bobok-Bisal Cultural Festival  in Bokod, Tapey Festival of Poblacion,  Bokod, and   Enhancement of Kapangan Cultural Center (Museum).

The installation of Local Cultural Icon Doligen Legendary Rock proposed by the Poblacion local government of Bakun is due for implementation.

Culture is part of the priority strategy of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) which aims to strengthen culture-sensitive governance and development and to advance the value of creative excellence. Susan C. Aro (ALT/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.
EL Kikasa