Upper Kalinga DPWH features 'Sleeping Beauty' this Christmas

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Dec. 2 (PIA) -- The replica of one of Kalinga’s tourist attractions is now along the national highway in front of the temporary office of the Upper Kalinga District Engineering Office.

Engr. Manuel Madio said that the project was conceived 10 years ago but has not materialized until now. This year, the city local government unit asked barangays and offices operating in the city to participate in its “Make Bright the Nights this Christmas” by putting lighted Christmas trees in every barangay and office.

The idea to have a replica of one of Kalinga’s tourist attraction, the Sleeping Beauty of Tinglayan, aims to inspire visitors, stir and widen the imagination of tourists even after Christmas.

To create the famous Sleeping Beauty, Madio said waste soil from road widening and re-blocking were hauled to the site that now makes up the 10 width x 40 long and 5 meters in height sculpture.

“As Christmas passes by, the replica of the Sleeping Beauty will remain year-round to be enhanced again during the Yuletide season,” Madio said. It has also a unifying feature for all the municipalities in Kalinga since the names of all the municipalities are engraved on it.

With the Christmas lights already in place, switch-on was made at 6 pm of Friday to was attended by Rep. Allen Jesse Mangaoang, City Mayor Ferdinand Tubban, employees of offices located at Capitol Hills and students of the Kalinga State University.

The legend of the Sleeping Beauty mountain which can be best viewed in Basao, Bangad and Butbut, Tingalyan, is one of Kalinga’s most loved bedtime stories popularly sang in the native ballad called Ullalim.  
The tale of two lovers ended by a tribal war has different versions depending on the tribe where the story originated. The name of the protagonists are different. One version of the story is about Lubting and Mawanga; one is about Dinayao and Binsay, and the other, Edonsan and Banna - all ending with the female protagonist resting on Patukan, in despair, after the loss of her loved one. Peter Balocnit (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)


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