Benguet

Mount Kabunian, Bakun
Benguet is home to several native tribes that are collectively known as the Igorot. The three major tribes are the Ibaloi in the Southwest, the Kankana-ey in the northwest and Kalanguya in the east. Many of these tribes are believed by Filipino anthropologists to be of Malay decent. Before the arrival of Spanish colonizers, these tribes have a flourishing trade with the lowlanders such as the Ilocanos and the Pangasinenses.

Baguio, a popular tourist destination in the country, is located in the interior of the province, however, the city is independent of the province.

While Baguio City is not officially part of Benguet, it is a Chartered City. Its location provides additional income in form of tourism for the province. Some of the interesting places are, Kennon Road, Binga Hydroelectic Plant, strawberry and flower farms in La Trinidad, the Ambuklao Dam in Bokod, and the Palina and Naguey rice terraces in Atok. Aside from these, Tuba and Tublay hotsprings are usually flocked by local tourists from the neighboring provinces. A good view of vegetable terraces can be observed when traveling the Halsema high way, especially during the growing stages of vegetables. Remote Buguias hotsprings can also be reached now, and the “Man-asok” river can be appreciated early in the morning because of the “smoking like” but in reality it’s the vapor that rises up.

All information about Benguet courtesy of Wikipedia.
Photo courtesy of Province of Benguet.
Video courtesy of PGO – Tourism.

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