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10 Things You Can Do In Tam-awan Village, Baguio City

Are you interested in arts, culture, and nature? If yes, you should visit Tam-awan village.

The place is nice though it needs plenty of improvement. The place is labeled “village” and “garden in the sky” which can be both misleading. I hope the management will add more elements for it to have an authentic village feel. For the garden part, I hope to see more flowers or perhaps even strawberries and vegetables along the trails. Nevertheless, I and my daughter enjoyed the place.

Here are 10 activities to enjoy if you are planning to visit Tam-awan Village

1. Trek your way up–If you are a fun of trekking, this place is for you. The village has trails coiling around the mountain. Along the trails are nipa huts and other attractions. When you reach the top, you will be rewarded by a fantastic view of mountainous landscapes.

It is best to go there during a week of sunny weather because the trail gets slippery when it rains. Wear rubber shoes and don’t bring heavy stuff.

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My niece and nephews enjoying the trail.

2. Enter some of the huts– They allow you to go inside the huts to experience what it feels like to be inside a dwelling place of the Igorots in the past.You are required to remove your shoes in one of the huts. Some of the cottages have artworks inside.

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Tam-awan Village

3. Watch Swimming Koi Fish in the pond. – Just a few meters from the entrance is a pond full of gigantic colorful koi fish.Some of the visitors are trying to shoot coins in the ring at the center of the pond so maybe you can do it too if you wish!

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The Koi Fish Pond

4. Look at (or buy) art exhibits made by Cordilleran artists- Tam-awan is home to several forms of artistic masterpieces made by local artists. There are paintings made with the traditional paint while some are made with other mediums like coffee. There are also solar paintings, paintings which are made using the heat of the sun as a medium with the help of a magnifying glass.

5. Watch cultural dances– During various times, I’m not sure if there is a definite schedule, performers dance some of the cultural dances in the Cordillera.

At the picture below, you can see the performers doing a traditional couple dance in their ethnic costume.

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Photo taken from Tam-awan’s Website

6. Join the cultural dance. – At the end of the presentation, guests are invited to join the dance. You can even try to play the traditional instruments. The best way to enjoy other’s culture is trying it yourself. Dancing with the locals is surely a fun way to learn about their culture!

7. Have a portrait sketch as your souvenir. You can have your portrait drawn by an artist at the rate of 100 for black and white solo portrait and 150 for a colored solo portrait. A couple black and white portrait costs 300 while colored costs 350.

8. “Dwell” inside the nipa hut. You can fully experience it for a day at a rate of 500 per day. Beddings are not provided so bring your own unless you want to feel authenticity at its best.
9. Enjoy a bonfire inside the village. Between 6-11 pm, you can go ahead and warm yourself up with a bonfire. You just have to pay 120.

10. Eat at the Nearby Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant\While you are there, do not miss the chance to try this diner. Their menu consists of authentic Ibaloi dishes. I tried their mix-mix, grilled pork, and pinikpikan; I loved them all. Their watercress salad and pak-pako salad are also delightful. A bonus to the appealing food experience is the exquisite ambiance of the restaurant.

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The Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant

Have you been to Tam-awan Village? Tell me about your experience in the comment section. Get to know more tourist spots in Baguio City in my Facebook Page Highland Mommy.

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Making the Most of Baguio Flower Festival

Are you going to Baguio City this weekend for Panagbenga’s main events? The Grand street dancing parade is on February 25 followed by the Grand Float Parade on February 26. After the Float Parade, Session Road will close for a week-long Session in Bloom.

 

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One of the entries of the landscape competition in Burnham in 2016.

 
Here are a few tips so you can enjoy the festival with few or no hassle.

Travel and Lodging

1. By now you should have booked for accommodation since hotels and transient houses are usually full during this season.
2. If not, be sure to book only with legitimate businesses. Recheck the place before paying the deposit fee.
3. We HIGHLY DISCOURAGE you to bring your car because of traffic congestion.
4. If you have no choice but to bring your car, make sure your accommodation has parking space. Leave it there when you explore the city or watch the parade. Establishments are mostly within walking distance. Use your car and you will spend most of your time in traffic or looking for parking space instead of enjoying the city.

Street Dancing and Float Parade

1. Enjoy the parade to the fullest by finding the perfect location. Find a restaurant along session road or Harrison road with a second-floor veranda or glass walls. It is best to view the parade from the top. You can watch comfortably without having to cram with the crowd.
2. Go to the location early to make sure you get the best spot.

 

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One of the entries in 2016 Float Parade. 

 

Safety

1. Unfortunately, thieves also take advantage of the flock of tourist so be alert at all times.
2. Do not leave your bag and other valuables inside your car.
3. Keep an eye on your valuables when you are out.
4. Just bring with you the cash you need and avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

Discipline

1. Almost every year, traffic is terrible and trash is all over the city during the festival. I hope it will be different this year.
2. These should be common sense, but then I will specify because there would have been no problems during the past years if we all practice “common sense”.
3. Throw your garbage only in garbage bins. If you can’t find one yet, it wouldn’t hurt to take it with you until you find one.
4. Follow traffic rules.
5. Follow city ordinances.

We all want to enjoy the festival, let us remember that other people want to have fun too. Are you joining the festival this year? Do you have other tips? Let me know through the comment section!