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Benguet – the salad bowl of the Philippines

Benguet is a province and is located at the southern tip of the Cordillera Administrative Region, on the island of Luzon. The capital city is La Trinidad. This spectacular highland province is colloquially known as the “Salad Bowl of the Philippines”. This is due to its huge production of vegetables.

Situated within the Cordillera mountains, Benguet is predominantly mountainous. Mount Pulag, the highest mountain on Luzon Island is located within Kabayan. This is a very popular location for “sunrise” viewing. Kabayan is also famous for centuries old mummies. Regardless of where you are in Benguet, this highly mountainous region will ensure you always have sensational scenery to enjoy. Although not as spectacular as the Banaue Rice Terraces, the scenery is still spectacular.

Other attractions

The mountains of Benguet are the source of several major river systems on Luzon Island, as well as the “Four Lakes” in Kabayan; Lake Bulalacao, Lake Detepngepos, Lake Incolos and Lake Tabeyo.

Tuba and Tublay hot springs are very popular with local tourists from the neighboring provinces. Vegetable terraces can be seen along the Halsema Highway, especially during the growing season. The mist-covered “Man-asok” River is also another destination, while Buguias is visited for its hot springs and the Apo Anno.

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Although not as spectacular as the Banaue Rice Terraces, there are rice terraces everywhere in Atok. Being such a mountainous area, this is a very clever way to grow the staple of the Filipino diet – rice.

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The sign says it all. The roads up this way offer spectacular views. However, you must be very careful on the winding roads which are often slippery due to the altitude.

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Photos never really do justice to scenery like this. You can see mountain ridge after mountain ridge, at almost 2,500 metres above sea level.

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Some local native ladies selling some native clothing and allowing you to take photos with them.

How to get there

From Makati, La Trinidad, the Capital City of Benguet, is located about 270kms north of Manila via the NLEX and SCTEX going via Tuba and Bagiuo. Depending on traffic, the drive can take over 5 hours.

There are a number of bus companies servicing this popular route. The trip to La Trinidad via Baguio can take several hours, and should cost less than P1,000.

Dezza´s Tip

If catching a bus, make sure it is a reputable bus line such as Victory Liner, as the roads, although improving, can be quite treacherous.  It would be advisable to travel during the dry season (Dec-May) to avoid slippery road conditions and the traffic caused by the odd landslide.