Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tam Awan Village, Baguio (May 14, 2012)

Days before we left for this trip, I diligently researched the places I wanted to visit. Then, I came up with a daily itinerary so I simply had to tell D our schedule for that day and he willingly obliged. Either that or he had no choice! :D

As we were making our way down from Dominican Hill, a taxi suddenly appeared! So we rode it to take us to our next destination - the Tam Awan Village.

The Chanum Foundation, Inc. founded in 1966 began to reconstruct Ifugao houses in Baguio with the view of making a model village accessible to people who want to experience life in the Cordillera region.

The village has 7 Ifugao huts and 2 Kalinga houses. By using original materials like cogon roofs, heavy hand hewn timber, hard wood - they aim to resemble the design of a traditional Cordillera village. You can actually rent these huts as accommodations to truly experience the Ifugao lifestyle.

It is a very rustic setting so be sure to wear comfy shoes as you will have to climb some steep steps that are caked with mud which can be slippery. You will also come across some bridges made from bamboo to hold on for a steady balance.

The Village is also a venue for art exhibits and workshops which aim to showcase the culture and heritage of the Cordillera people. After you have explored the different huts, you can head to their gallery to admire the intricate art works and crafts.

Tip: Be sure to tell your taxi to wait for you as the place is in a remote area.

Tam Awan Village is open from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Entrance fee is P50 for adults.
P20 for kids below 12 years old.


Photo Cache said...

this would be an interesting choice for accommodation. is this where they also have a restaurant?

Daphn3 LaurA said...

Well if your preference is the rustic outdoors type of accommodation, sure it would be suitable.

I believe so, they have a small resto where breakfast is served for the guests staying at those Ifugao huts.