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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Tam-Awan Village: Not Your Ordinary Village

Another tourist destination that one shouldn't miss when you are in Mountain Province is this one popular village that is located at the top of La Trinidad, Benguet. Just a few minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Baguio City, you'll surely feel that you're somehow on top of the world when you reach the top vantage point of La Trinidad, the Tam-awan Village.

Tam-awan Village is a cultural and arts village established and maintained by Chanum Foundation, Inc. Incorporated. It showcased some of our native's houses that were known up in the mountains.

When I got to visit this place a few days back, we were actually welcomed by these graffiti that I think were kinda off to the whole idea of Tam-awan Village. I'm not saying that the graffiti are not good, but I really think that it would have  been better if those graffiti are nature-related.

Anyway, upon entrance, you'll be asked for a Php50.00 entrance fee. You'll be handed with a map that will guide you up and an info sheet that will tell you about Tam-awan Village.

At first, I really thought that Tam-awan Village is a leveled plain that shares different houses of our ancestors. But instead, and I must remind you on this one, it's a mountain leading you to the top of La Trinidad and will give you a breathtaking view of the city.

This place is perfect for day trips, but if you wanna stay here and feel the cool breeze up in the mountains at night, Tam-awan has lodging houses where you can stay in. 

There were two houses that we saw there, an Ifugao house and a Kalinga house, which I think are also up for rentals. But during that time, these houses were vacant and are open for walk-in visitors, so we had a glimpse of it. And to be honest, I wasn't really satisfied with them, I really thought that this place houses A LOT of different kinds of native houses, but I was wrong.

Good thing there were other activities that you can do, one of it is hiking up to the top.

That day, my outfit was not really for hiking. With shoes that are not meant to hike, and white shorts that are not prepared for the sticky mud, I really just wanna stay at the cafe and just have their best-tasting coffee. But since all of my mates were really game to hike, I just go with them and endured the pain of hiking. Hehe.

Don't get me wrong, I wanna try mountaineering someday, but just not with that outfit. :-)

Anyway, one tip that I should give out to you when visiting this place is to make sure that you are somehow on a hiking outfit. The air might be cold from time to time, so it is advisable to have a jacket or a shawl with you. The soil may be muddy due to rain or dew,so it better to be in a good rubber shoes or hiking shoes. The perfect time to visit this place is at early in the morning, where the sun isn't up yet or at around 4 to 5 p.m. where the sun is about to set.

It took us some minutes to reach the top of the village, and when we got there, it was a real beauty. It will take away all the pain that you suffered as well as your breath, literally and figuratively. Hehe.

We spent some relaxing time up there, looking around and just enjoying the nice view. And when we noticed that the fog are coming, we decided to go down already and have some "merienda" in their cafe.

As for the cafe, if you like dining in an artsy place, I'm sure that you'll love here. They have this nice collection of different art pieces that can look at. And you could actually have it because most of them are on sale. The food was good too, only, the serving was kinda little. And of course, do not forget to have their coffee, it was really good.

Tam-awan Village also holds some workshop for printmaking (rubbercut, monoprinting and serigraphy), solar drawing, basic and advance drawing, oil pastel, watercolor, wood carving, mask making, dream catcher making and life drawing and portraiture for those who wanna have a lasting souvenir.

Carbonara at Tam-awan Village Cafe

For those who are coming in large number, if it case you wanna do some seminars here or just wanna catch their cultural show, you can do so too. Art workshops, eco-tours, camping and many more can also be done here upon request.

Tam-awan has known for being a venue for art exhibits and workshops to foster a deeper understanding, respect and pride in the cultural heritage of the Cordillera people. They say that the village itself is already an experience, and I agree. With its real-life traditional Cordillera Village setting, immersing to its atmosphere was probably the easiest thing that I experienced here.

Thank you, Tam-awan Village for keeping the culture alive! More power!

Happy rammmpa!


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