Tam-Awan Village in Baguio City is a cultural destination carved along a slope up in Pinsao, the mountain above the Easter Weaving School. Tam-awan literally means “to view” or “to look”. On a clear, cloudless day the South China Sea is visible from the Village’s top.
So while husband was busy entertaining and showing mother-in-law around, I drove up to Tam-awan Village with my dad and Patch.
The Village features native Ifugao houses (can be rented overnight if you want a different kind of hotel!), an art gallery showcasing the work of Baguio artists, a cafe (offers pinikpikan!) and lots and lots of foliage. The trails in the coffee tree thickets kinda remind me of the old house where I grew up.
Clockwise: Stone steps at the main entrance; “Dara-dara” plant (literally means “bloody”); wood sculpture; Dad and iPatch on a trail; Dad eyeing a “pika” (native spear… he keeps one at home that he got during his Mountain Province travels in the ’60s).
Clockwise: Giant wooden mask (about 3 feet high); View of the huts from the top; Eye of the Dream Catcher.
Above, artists Roland Bay-an and Alfonso Dato (in background) sketching Patch. Below, Bay-an’s sketch captured Patch best.
Clockwise: The cafe is literally full to the seams with artwork; Even the sugar jar is artwork; Dad and Patch; Tuna club sandwich and organic salad with honey-mustard dressing (both yummy! Only Php110.00)
Tam-awan Village is located at Pinsao Proper, Baguio City, Philippines. Entrance rates are Php50 for adults, Php30 for students and seniors, and Php20 for kids. For map, directions, reservations and more information, visit www.tamawanvillage.com.