Health enthusiasts dance to promote healthy lifestyle, raise funds for cancer patients

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 29 (PIA) --Concerted efforts of individuals, groups and institutions spelled success as more than 100 health enthusiasts danced to the ‘Beat of Hope’ on June 23 here in an attempt to promote healthy lifestyle among both the well and ill.


Spearheaded by the Ribbons of Hope in partnership with the municipal government of La Trinidad, the activity was also intended to raise funds for six identified members of the Ribbons of Hope who recently underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

This complemented  the municipal government’s efforts and as part of the extension activities of the Benguet State University(BSU) on healthy lifestyle and cancer awareness promotion, said Ribbons of Hope and the Nutritionist-Dietitians Association of the Philippines (NDAP)- Baguio Benguet Chapter President Imelda Degay.

Participants who came early started with a music meditation rendered free by the Community Assistance for Responsible Existence (CARE) arm of the Science of Identity Foundation (SIF), which envisions the development of enlightened, happy individuals and communities through various programs cultivating wisdom, spiritual love and compassion.

Thirty five participants also availed of the free acupuncture carried out by the same organization which is coordinated locally by Mary Kipas-Salazar.

Zins from the Galatians 5:14 Movement prepared the tickets and led the two-hour Zumba with Dr. Lawrence Caranto from the BSU College of Nursing leading, Degay added.

The Ribbons of Hope is an organization of La Trinidad-based cancer survivors and patients with primary goal of enhancing awareness on cancer and promoting nutrition and healthy lifestyle causes.

The conduct of activities by the Ribbons of Hope is made possible with support from the La Trinidad Municipal Government particularly the Nutrition Unit, and other generous individuals and groups.

The BSU has also been allowing use of its facilities and equipment.  Degay, one of its faculty members, has been spearheading the conduct of various activities as part of her extension services and, at the same time as president of the Ribbons of Hope and the NDAP Baguio-Benguet Chapter. 

Those who desire to hold cancer and/or nutrition awareness or nutrition and healthy lifestyle causes in their offices or localities may communicate with Degay. (PIA CAR)


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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