The Coffee Shop
A VISIT TO TAM-AWAN VILLAGE, BAGUIO CITY (UPDATED DECEMBER 2016)
I was already tired when we went to Baguio recently. That was immediately after the Negros Trade Fair, a trade event we participated held in Rockwell, Makati City. We just wanted to rest and to breath from our toxic schedules way back home. Visiting an unknown place was never in my mind, but it was our driver who also served as our travel guide who insisted on visiting the Tam-awan Village.
Tam-awan Village is one of Baguio City’s nice attractions, created by the Chanum Foundation in 1998. The Village which is an artist’s haven is located on the outskirts of the city. Getting there may be a little tricky but we’d never regretted.
The octagonal Luccong hut (or binayon) for aristocrats
A minimal entrance fee gets visitors inside the compound to explore the grounds which is situated beside the hill. The whole village prides itself with their art gallery, coffee shop and the various collection of Ifugao and Kalinga huts: nine authentic knockdown Ifugao huts (seven of which were from Bangaan, Ifugao and two came from Kalinga), some over a hundred years old. The oldest is theAnaba hut. Others include the octagonal Luccong hut (or binayon) for aristocrats; and theDukligan (Ifugao fertility hut). The Village is a project of the Chanum Foundation (a group of artists headed by Ben Cab ).
The different native huts and other areas were used for workshops and exhibits. The Tanawan Village is also a good place to purchase a painting or drawing by one of the many well-known artists who have their artwork displayed at the place.
yours truly sitting at the front door of the Luccong Hut
Tam-awan in the local idiom means “vantage point,” an appropriate name for a collection of Cordillera Huts that sit on a hillside that affords visitors a magnificent view of the South China Sea on a clear day. Getting around was quite difficult because it was raining during our visit and the ground were wet and quite slippery.
The Chanum Foundation, Inc., started reconstructing Ifugao houses in Baguio with the goal of recreating a Cordillera village accessible to those who have not had the chance to discover the different parts of the huge Cordillera region in the Philippines. Bringing together the houses out just like a traditional Cordillera village is the main idea of the place. Tam-awan Village is also a good place for art exhibits, workshops and other creative endeavors that showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Cordillera people.
Inside the Luccong Hut. Mattress will be provided for those who would like to occupy the hut
Tam-awan Village, Baguio City Rates
Lodging (per day):
* Meals (Reservation Required)
(Basic and Advanced Drawing, Solar Drawing, Oil Pastel and Water Color Painting, Wood Carving, Bamboo Craft, Dreamcatcher making, Life Drawing/Portraiture)
How to Get to Tam-awan Village, Baguio City
It is easy if you will rent a car and drivers would definitely know how to bring you there.
By car — from Burnham Park: take Harrison Road and go up Abanao Road and proceed to Naguilian Road. From Naguilian, turn right to Quezon Hill Road 2, which connects to Tacay Road. On Tacay Road, keep going straight until you reach a fork in the road, Take the road on the left and keep going until you reach Tam-Awan Village
By taxi cab — just tell the driver to take you to Tam-awan Village, Pinsao Proper. All cabbies know where this visitor attraction is located.
By jeepney — take the Plaza-Quezon Hill-Tam-awan jeepney or the Long-long via Tam-awan Jeepney from Kayang Street, behind and above the Baguio City Market.
|366-C Pinsao Proper|
|2600 Baguio City|