Benguet eco-tourism draws hundreds of visitors

Baguio City Councilor Pinky Rondez on Tuesday observed that Benguet Province’s eco-tourism drew hundreds of visitors during the recent Holy Week.

Ambuklao Dam
Ambuklao Dam

The local tourism leader said that Benguet’s eco-tourism campaign focused on the attractiveness of its mountains, springs, dams and waterfalls.

“Several families spent days of picnics at forests in Bokod town overlooking the giant Ambuclao Dam, others went to savor the medicinal hot springs and swimming pools of Asin, Tuba, Benguet; others found their way climbing Mount Ugo and Mount Pulag in Mankayan; while the rest enjoyed the natural swimming pools of Itogon, Benguet,” Rondez observed.

She admitted that Baguio’s attractiveness to visitors could be improved if “we can only improve our city public market which deteriorated for the last 15 years.”

“Even now, many of our visitors are trying to find where they could buy our fresh strawberries and vegetables. They are not only here to buy but to enjoy the good and clean environment. And where could they have this? Many went to neighboring town of La Trinidad, Benguet where they can even pick strawberries from the farms and buy the fresh products from their well-developed markets,” she said.

Rondez said that with the recent developments introduced to the public market which will soon benefit 312 vendors, “we are hopeful for better impression of our visitors and marketgoers.”

She added that the proposed modernization of the market’s main structure is yet to be realized in years to come.

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