Tam-awan Village in Baguio City features authentic Ifugao huts, an Art Gallery and Crafts shop, a coffee shop, Fishpond, Eco-tours, art workshops and cultural shows. The village recently appeared in “Asian Treasures” (Robin Padilla, Angel Locsin) as part of the hunt for anting-antings.
I visited the village together with a couple of friends one Saturday afternoon. We were lucky to witness some Igorot dances by a youth dance troupe. It was a lot of fun for us watching the dances, hearing the gongs and other bamboo instruments. High point was when the dance troupe invited guests to dance with them. I took a gong, went with the beat and followed the dance of the leader.
Catch the community dancing every Saturday afternoon.
We also took a tour around the village. Tip: Request for a tour guide especially if you’re in a group. It helps you appreciate the many interesting details about cordilleran culture, art, architecture, beliefs and more. Don’t forget to tip your tour guide generously.
Chanum Foundation Inc.
Tam-awan Village, Pinaso Proper, 2600 Baguio City, Philippines
Dance Troupe leader: Ralph Abrod 0919-3633963 (open for booking for cultural shows and other events)
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