Cordillera: A haven of arts, culture and heritage

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One thing admirable about the Cordillera people is how they preserve their culture and heritage, and their passion in supporting local artists. This can be testified by the museums and villages that showcase their rich culture and heritage as well as events that promote local Cordilleran artistry.  Not like on other parts of the country, Cordillerans still perform their rituals and traditions, and continues to wear their traditional clothing.

In Baguio City alone – the heart of the Cordilleran region – well-preserved museums, villages, and historical sites can be found almost everywhere that further strengthens the promotion of the Cordilleran pride.

Tam-Awan Village

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Tam-awan, a local word which means “vantage point” is a habitat for local Cordilleran artists. It was established by National artist Ben Cab in 1998 to promote Baguio’s art and culture scene. Different types of artworks can be found in the village. Aside from the artworks, replicas of traditional Ifugao houses were also created as part of the mini-cultural tour in the village. At the peak it, you will enjoy the view of Baguio City, the reason why the place got its name. Tam-awan also features a café where local Cordilleran cuisine can be enjoyed.

Museo Kordillera – UP Baguio Ethnographic Museum

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Museo Kordillera, located inside the UP-Baguio Campus, is a museum that aims to serve as a repository of tangible and intangible heritage of the region. It features artifacts and unique Cordilleran objects that showcase its people, culture, and tradition. As of the moment, there are three exhibits in the museum – the “Batok Tattoos: Body as Archive”, based on the research of Director Analyn Salvador-Amores; “Jules de Raedt: Life Works, Lived Worlds”, a retrospective of de Raedt’s work; and, “The Indigenous, In Flux: Reconfiguring the Ethnographic Photograph” by Roland Rabang.

Casa Vallejo

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Situated at upper session road, Casa Vallejo is a heritage site and one of the oldest buildings in the city. It is referred to as Dormitory 4 constructed by the Americans to house construction workers who helped built Baguio City. Today, Casa Vallejo is a boutique hotel with 24 rooms, gourmet restaurant, and a spa.

Baguio Museum

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Baguio Museum displays artifacts and relics that speak of the cultural heritage, customs, and traditions of the Mountain Provinces, with each display focusing on different indigenous group in the region. There is even a mummy displayed on the museum. On the third floor you will find items that depict the history of Baguio from pre-American era up to the present.

Session Road

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Session Road is pegged as the City’s central business district. Not known to many, Session Road also plays a significant role in our country’s history. As a matter of fact, Session got its name because it is where the first session of the 2nd Philippine Commission was held, particularly at the Baden-Powell Hall which is now the Badell-Powell Inn. The 2nd Philippine Commission held its sessions there from April 22 to June 11, 1904 and officially initiated the use of Baguio as the Philippine Summer Capital. A marker by what is now Baden-Powell Inn on Governor Pack Road stands as the only visible evidence that anything of historical significance ever took place on Session Road. Also, an eight-rock formation art design was installed at the session road rotunda as representation of the 8 members of the 2nd Philippine Commission. It was created by the Igorot stone sculptor, Gilbert Gano.

This proves how Cordillerans protect and preserve their culture and heritage, that even in the changing world where trends and cultures influence others, they are able keep theirs alive. And Baguio is not only about pine trees and the cool weather, but also a haven of arts, culture, and heritage.

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Hi I’m Reginald Agsalon but you can call me “Reg”. Blogging is one of my passion – i love to tell stories and share my adventures and experiences.
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  • Reply Bertahan Luxing May 26, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    I’ve never been to Baguio but I met a lady from there once in Bagasbas Beach. Looks amazing. I’ll have to go there soon.

    • Reply Reginald Agsalon May 29, 2017 at 7:14 am

      Yes please visit Baguio, It is one of the best places in the Philippines. THanks for reading my Blog 🙂

  • Reply Tanushree May 26, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Wow! This is truly amazing to know about other’s culture and heritage. Thanks for sharing such an amazing & informative post. 🙂

    • Reply Reginald Agsalon May 29, 2017 at 7:13 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Martien May 26, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    As a Dutch traveler, i find your Filipino culture really unique and beautiful. I had the chance to witness some Ifugao culture when we were in Batad. I’d love to visit the museum in Bagiuo to learn more about the culture. I would appreciate it if you take a look at my experiences in Batad when i stayed there for 11 days. It’s the most amazing man-made landscape i’ve ever scene

    • Reply Reginald Agsalon May 29, 2017 at 7:13 am

      Batad is a lovely place, but you should also visit Baguio and its museums to learn about cordilleran culture.

  • Reply Ann May 27, 2017 at 7:12 am

    You have an amazing photography skills! Keep sharing your photos so as to encourage everyone who is reading this that there’s more place to explore in the Philippines 🙂

    • Reply Reginald Agsalon May 29, 2017 at 7:11 am

      Thank you Ann!

  • Reply Kayhdj de Jesus May 27, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Nice, u captured good view to attract tourist

    • Reply Reginald Agsalon May 29, 2017 at 7:10 am

      Thank you Kayhdj

  • Reply Lyndha May 27, 2017 at 11:34 am

    This is a great read. I’m not always a fan of arts but i don’t know why such traditional stuff amaze me!

    • Reply Reginald Agsalon May 29, 2017 at 7:10 am

      Thank you Lyndha. I hope you can also read my other cultural and heritage articles

  • Reply Poorna May 27, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Such a stunning set of photos! Plus, very well-written.

    • Reply Reginald Agsalon May 29, 2017 at 7:09 am

      Thank you Poorna

  • Reply Miguel May 28, 2017 at 7:10 am

    I love your post promoting the culture of Cordillera. I’ve been to Benguet and my fave is Sagada ❤️

    • Reply Reginald Agsalon May 29, 2017 at 7:09 am

      Thank you Miguel. Sagada is indeed a beautiful destination 🙂

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