WINACA ECO-CULTURAL VILLAGE & ORGANIC FARM
Some 35 minutes from Baguio City on the way to Sagada, a left turn just before the toll gate at Halsema Road leads you to Winaca Eco-Cultural Village. This 33-hectare village is quietly emerging as a serene haven meant to nourish and refresh tired bodies and worn-out souls. It is envisioned to be a community that is keenly aware of cultural heritage preservation and natural ecology while enjoying the comforts of home. An open-air restaurant/conference hall can serve as a venue for small to big social events like weddings, retreats, seminars. Below the restaurant is the Cordillera village composed of authentic old houses, like the Sagada – Bontoc house, the Bakun – Benguet house, and the Ifugao house. Continuing beyond the heritage is the Eco-Trail where you walk under the canopy of centuries old indigenous trees, giant ferns, narra, and pine forest. Under these trees are coffee and anthurium flowers. A thriving organic farm produces fresh vegetables and herbs. The spacious natural setting and the unhurried ambiance of the place lend that soothing balm that heals the body and enlivens the spirit.
LOS-OC TOWER VIEW POINT
This is a potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Tublay. Located near Benedictine Convent, it offers a view of the Barangay and its surrounding mountains.
PATERNO CAVE & BENGAONGAO CAVE (AMBONGDOLAN, TUBLAY)
Advisory from the barangay hall of Ambongdolan
1) Plan ahead and prepare. Have a guide with you at all times inside the caves.
2) Travel and camp on designated places.
3) Dispose garbage properly. No dumping of trash inside the caves.
4) Leave what you find. Taking stalagmites or stalactites with you is strictly prohibited.
5) Minimize campfire impacts. No fires inside the caves.
6) Respect wildlife. Do not hurt animals inside or around the caves.
7) Be considerate to other visitors.
8) All visitors to the caves must have guides at all times. No more than 10 people in the cave at one time.
9) One cave guide is limited to five visitors.
10) No writing or disfiguring of anything inside the cave walls or its surroundings.
11) All tourists must pay the guide fee.
ASIN HOT SPRING
Mt. Pokkong is the highest mountain in Tublay and it is the tri-boundary of the municipalities of Tublay, Kapangan and Sablan; though majority of it is within the boundaries of Tublay. It also offers a view of the lowland provinces as one reaches the top, making it an ideal destination for those who are into mountain trekking and viewing. It will soon be opened for travelers after the validation of the Benguet Provincial Tourism Office.
Tublay’s foundation day focuses on 1st coffee festival
by Ofelia C. Empian
Recognizing the gains drawn from the coffee plant, Tublay launched the first coffee festival as part of its 115th foundation celebration last week with the theme, “Intensifying local coffee industry in enhancing climate disaster resiliency.”
Coffee is regarded not only for its economic contribution but also as a means of combating the effects of climate change, according to Mayor Reuben Paoad.
Aside from its impact to the local economy, the town also uses the plant as a disaster mitigating crop.
Paoad said the Municipal Agriculture Office and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office are in charge of the town’s coffee industry.
He said Tublay, as one of the countrysides of the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) area, should focus on regreening its environment and one way of doing this is by planting coffee.
Paoad said of the town’s 10,260 hectares total land area, only about one percent is agricultural.
“I hope we can make our lands productive while beautifying our environment,” Paoad said.
The community already planted around 395 hectares of coffee plants, with various organizations such as Sayatan Coffee Farmer’s Association, Citizen’s of Ambongdolan for the Revitalization of the Environment, Ba-ayan Organic Farmer’s Association, Bawi-Tacarang Community and Caponga Cluster, among others.
The different farmer’s group joined the forum conducted during the event, along with various skills competition such as coffee roasting, packing, and sorting.
To aid them in improving coffee production, the town received one unit of coffee huller with polisher, one coffee roaster, one coffee grinder, one rod type moisture meter, three units weighing scales and three foot sealers.
The equipment were turned over to the Tublay Organic Farmers Practitioners Association through the assistance of the Department of Trade and Industry-Benguet and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Municipal Agricultural Officer Jeffrey Sotero said the new equipment can help the community shorten the processing time by three times of that spent in coffee manual production.
Source: Midland issue, November 22, 2015
THE ADIVAY FESTIVAL (Province wide)
It is a month-long provincial celebration held November of every year. The “Grand Canao” and cultural presentations from the 13 municipalities are some of its highlights. The products of all 13 municipalities are displayed/exhibited for sale during the affair. This is an event that is being looked forward to by all I-benguets.
- WINACA ECO CULTURE VILLAGE
The Forest Homes will be scattered in the village far enough to ensure privacy, but near enough to provide a sense of security. Living in Winaca is simply a journey back to a new dimension, a splendid space to reestablish one’s kinship with nature. The eco-trails wind around centuries old indigenous trees that cradle you as you listen to the chirping of the birds