Baguio City’s Garden in the Sky
Aside from Baguio City, there are other beautiful places in Cordillera – places with a majestic view, accommodating people, fresh air and a clean environment. These places in Cordillera also pride themselves with their rich culture, merging both tradition and advancement in technology, like Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province, to name a few.
If you visit the Northern part of the Philippines, it will be a waste to not visit at least one of these places. The problem is that the travel might be long and rough. What is amazing is that there is a place in Baguio City that could let you experience Cordilleran culture without the hassle. Visit Tam-awan Village!
These huts are scattered on a mountainous terrain and tourists may even go trekking from hut to hut. If the weather is terrific, visitors can take a glimpse of the West Philippine Sea. This is one of the reasons why the place was named Tam-awan which means “vantage point” in English.
Aside from the huts, Tam-awan also features local artists and their artworks. They also have a place in Tam-awan where artists would take a sketch of you on the spot for an affordable price.
Tam-awan is primarily a live museum to most tourists. However, the village actually offers a lot of art and crafts demonstrations and workshops wherein people of all ages can learn to master a new skill, if not, develop a new hobby. Some of the workshops the local artists of Tam-awan give are woodcarving, bamboo craft, rice wine making, drawing and painting using oil pastel or water color.
So if you are planning on studying in Baguio City, you might want to add Tam-awan in your list of places that you have to visit before leaving the Philippines and bring home a souvenir or a new hobby.