Baguio with Kids

Posted: May 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Baguio with Kids
ITLog No.6
(21-22 May 2011)

Went to enroll my son on a Friday and stayed with me for the weekend, and after we pick-up my sister and her daughter at the airport on Saturday, we would be travelling up to Baguio for the weekend. We planned not to tell the kids about the trip so as to surprise them, and they could also visit their lolo and lola.

Arriving in Baguio past 1400hrs we headed to the house and then ate lunch and rested for a while and freshen up. By 1500hrs we headed to Tam-awan Village in Pinsao Proper uniquely blends indigenous aesthetics and exquisite Cordilleran craftsmanship with an artist’s concept for a village adapting to Baguio setting.

Chanum Foundation, Inc., founded in 1998, began to reconstruct Ifugao houses in Baguio with the view of making a model village accessible to people who have not had the chance to travel to the Cordillera interior. On a land near an abundant spring, the foundation started out with three knocked-down huts transported from Bangaan, Ifugao. Tam-awan village now has seven Ifugao huts and two Kalinga houses. Using the original materials and adding only new cogon roofs, traditional artisans reconstructed the houses and laid them out resembling the design of a traditional Cordillera Village.

An Ifugao house is compact and though deceptively simple, its architecture is quite sophisticated. Built by clever mortise makers without nails or hardware, it exemplifies the exactness of Ifugao construction. With the heavy hand-hewn timber elevated to about shoulder height by four posts usually made of hard wood, the house, with periodic re-roofing, can last several generations.

The Kalinga house is more spacious and is made with the same hand-hewn pinewood. The binayon is the traditional octagonal house of Southern Kalinga Province and Tam-awan Village is proud to present one the three remaining such houses in the country today.

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Then went to Easter Weaving Room is the right place to visit if you are interested in native fabrics and other handicraft. Here one can witness the actual process of cloth weaving as practiced by the natives of the mountain provinces for ages. Except for Christmas and the New Year, the Easter Weaving Room is open seven days a week even on Sundays and holidays.

At the Easter Weaving Room you will see for yourself the age-old weaving process at their work area and have a glimpse of the wide range of hand-woven articles such as: tablemates, wall hangings, bed linens, clothings, ethnic and ikat textiles, religious garments, bags, wallets, purses, Christmas articles, footwears, area rugs, etc. They also have woodcarvings, baskets, fashion accessories and many more.
Weaving was first started at Easter School in 1909 under the direction of Deaconess Hargreave who was interested in having young women learn weaving with the idea that they might someday earn their own living or help supplement the family income. The weaving classes were continued under various headmasters and headmistresses until it became an important and integral part of the school. The looms and other weaving equipment were destroyed during the 2nd World War but were again established in 1948 with the help of some women who had worked at the Weaving Room before the war. Weaving classes were again started.

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We then headed for La Trinidad, Benguet to the Strawberry Farm so the kids could see and pick raw strawberries.

A unique experience for the whole family, you get to pick fresh strawberries – right alongside the Ibaloi farmers – to bring home or consume while on vacation in the Summer Capital of the Philippines.

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Then we headed for Gibraltar Road to Good Shepherd to buy some pasalubong, but when we got there the place was already closed and there was a long line at the shop, so we decided not to buy there but instead headed to Elizabeth Hotel and ate at Bliss Cafe, we had some great vegetarian food like sisig and papadoms. Heading back home, we passed by Session Road and got Pancit at Dainty’s Eatery for our dinner

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Sunday morning, we heard mass at St. Vincent Church, then headed for the Café by the Ruins to look at the Exhibit there and buy some bread, then headed for the market to get some pasalubong, after which we headed for SM Baguio to eat our lunch and buy some groceries then went back to the house and prepared our things for our trip back to Manila. Stopping at the view deck, we took photos of Kennon Road, which was a tourist spot before, but less and less people go here now.

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All photos are owned and copyrighted by Joey Rico (also known under these names: alien_scream).
All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use, copy, editing, reproduction, publication, duplication and distribution of the digital photos, without his explicit permission, is punishable by law

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Philippines License.

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Comments
  1. Lakay Aldrin :D says:

    Yo Joey!

    whew. great read. you could be a documentary writer, bro. 🙂

    and glad to know you found the time amidst your busy-ness to drop by at Cafe by the Ruins for that exhibit. how reliable can you get? salamamuch to you and to Caroline!

    stay safe. continue shooting and writing. i have already bookmarked this link!

    God bless.

    Aldrin

    • alienscream says:

      i really wanted to pass by the exhibit to see the photos and carol and my sister wanted to buy bread at cafe by the ruins… and when we are in baguio, i usually take my friends there to have breakfast!!!

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