Tam-Awan Village Baguio: Art, Culture and Nature
If you happen to be in Baguio and are tired of the usual sceneries, then you might want to consider going to Tam-Awan Village. Tam-Awan Village showcases replicas of Native Ifugao and Kalinga’s traditional houses, customs and culture. Some of the houses are perched up in the hill so I suggest that you take a deep breath, stretch and get ready for a hike.
You can also see here an art gallery which is exhibited by premiere artists in Baguio. If you
like love art, I’m telling you right now that Tam-Awan Village is a must visit.
How to get to Tam-Awan Village?
Since we brought our own vehicle to Baguio, we got to Tam-Awan Village just by following our Navigation system in our phones. But if you do not bring your own vehicle with you or does not have the Navigation apps, you can follow the instructions posted in gobaguio.com in this link.
Complete address of Tam-Awan Village is:
366-C Pinsao Proper, Baguio City, Philippines 2600
Upon arrival in the village, you must pay the particular entrance fees posted in the entrance gate.
Children – P20.
Students – P30.
Adults – Php 50.
After paying, we immediately hiked up the hill to the view deck. For me, it was a short and easy trek, but if you are with Seniors or people who don’t exercise, they might have a difficult time hiking up.
There are two view decks in Tam-Awan Village. We hiked to both view decks but for me, the first view deck is better. It was unfortunate that we didn’t get a glimpse of the spectacular view during sunset due to time constraints but we all enjoyed the trek.
On our way down, we came across an interesting Native hut called the ‘Fertility Hut’. I’ll type here the whole description of the hut:
The fertility hut is where a married couple resides after a year of inability to produce a child. The Shaman performs a ritual offering to the male and female bulols. The couple will then stay in the hut for a month. If after this period expires and still they are unable to produce a child, the man has the right to find another woman, although the marriage is still in effect.
The cycle is repeated and then the woman may now find another man. The purpose of which is to determine who among the couple is infertile.
Whoever said that the Philippines has no real culture, this, ladies and gentlemen… is culture.
A personal note, my wife and I were married for two years already but unfortunately, we still don’t have a baby yet. I kinda wonder if we were Ifugaos during those times. Will we do what is ‘normal’ or will our love prevail and defy against the tradition? Hmmm… we might be the Romeo and Juliet of the Ifugaos 😀
Back on the main site, there is a restaurant where you can have refreshments or a happy dine with the family. There are lots of magnificent artworks as well.
There is a hut there called ‘Bugnay Gallery’ where you can go inside (please remove your slippers upon enter) and take pictures of the artwork or simply be amazed. Be careful not to damage these paintings though, they are worth a lot.
Near the main entrance, there is an art exhibit too. Lots of unique and weird (in a good way) works of art here.
Near the exit, you will see a Big colorful Lizard along the stairway. Very beautiful.
To sum it up, Tam-Awan Village is a breather from all the usual places/destinations in Baguio. It is a plus if you are an art lover and has high respect with the Ifugao people’s cultures and traditions. It’s not just another “tourist” place to visit, but a reminder that we Filipinos has this rich culture even before the Spaniards came. It also boasts of the artworks made by great artists coming from Baguio. I must say, Tam-Awan Village is worth the trip. A tip is, if you are coming from Strawberry farm, why not make a side trip to Tam-Awan Village as it can be visited on your way back to Baguio.
Tam-Awan Village is open daily from 8AM to 6PM.
If you wish to contact them, you can call them at: +63 74 446 2949
Address is: 366-C Pinsao Proper, Baguio City, Philippines 2600
Tam-Awan Village is Art, Culture and Nature in one place.
Thanks for reading! 🙂