Baguio is a typical destination for those who wanted to escape from the scorch of the summer heat. For the first two months of the year, however, people flocked to this highland city to experience the shivering atmosphere.
The city also celebrates the festival of flowers (Panagbenga) every February which is another good reason for you to visit the city of pines.
To complete your visit, an immersion to its cultural heritage and a familiarization to the surreal traditions of the rest of the Cordilleras should not be skipped—and the perfect place for you to check for this activity is Tam-Awan Village along Long Long Feder Road, northwest of the city proper.
Chanum Foundation, Inc. established a village on a hillside of Baguio City as a model of a typical Ifugao community. They constructed native Igorot huts or houses that depict the simple lifestyle, yet with creative craftsmanship of the Cordillera people.
Tam-awan village now has seven Ifugao huts and two Kalinga houses which utilized the materials used from the original builds.
The village was instituted for an easier access for those individuals who haven’t seen the countryside yet.
Tam-awan also hosts art exhibits and workshops envisioning to foster deep understanding and appreciation of Cordilleras’ contribution to the country’s diverse culture.
When you explore deeper into the village, you can see healthy vegetation featuring local ornamental plants, gardens of home-grown herbs and veggies, pines, weeds, and some wild trees.
Tam-awan, by the way, means vantage point. Given a clear sky, you can witness a magnificent sunset from the village, proving that it was correctly named.
Thingking how to commute to Tam-awan village from the city proper? See this article.