Tam-awan Village, Baguio City

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.

Tam-Awan Village art 1

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).

Tam-awan Village huts dreamcatcher

Clockwise: Giant wooden mask (about 3 feet high); View of the huts from the top; Eye of the Dream Catcher.

Tam-awan Village artists Roland Bay-an and Alfonso Dato

Above, artists Roland Bay-an and Alfonso Dato (in background) sketching Patch. Below, Bay-an’s sketch captured Patch best.

Tam-awan village cafe club sandwich

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.


8 thoughts on “Tam-awan Village, Baguio City

  1. We were supposed to go to Baguio last time. Pero sobrang maulan that time (post Christmas). Hopefully makapunta kame the next time magbakasyon ako sa ‘Pinas. =)

  2. Just been there. No question about the artistry but I was disappointed. It was raining so we didn’t go further than the cafe. The path was slippery at that time. Because my son was hungry, we ordered sandwiches. Only the ham in the triple-decker was warm. The rest of the ingredients were cold. The chicken club sandwich looked like the ordinary size of a loaf bread filled with chicken spread and sliced into four. The green salad occupied most of the plate. The food wasn’t worth my money. So if you want to go there better make sure you tell the food servers you want your sandwiches warm and before ordering, ask about the size. Do not assume that they will serve you food the way most establishments would.

  3. Hi Mitch! I’m sorry to hear your experience there wasn’t very nice. I wrote this blog post almost 2 years ago. It’s possible that the quality has deteriorated. Sad though.

  4. Baguio in my mind these many years since I retired. I should go there even alone or with my girls if they insist on coming. Some people would scoff there’s nothing in Baguio except Burnham and the ukayukay stores and the cold. I say there should be much more if only we cared to explore. Thanks for this, I know I am right. Tell us more of the Baguio attractions.

  5. Yes, annamanila, lots more to see in Baguio! There’s the BenCab Museum, the La Trinidad Trading Post (for the hard-core palengke-goer and Baguio-vegetable buyer, haha), wonderful home-grown restaurants outside the mall. I have the materials – loads of photos somewhere in a USB drive. Now to find the time… 😀

    Let me know when you go, I just might be able to tag along.

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