The landlocked provinces of Kalinga and Abra hold many hidden wonders that have yet to make themselves fully known to tourists. Aside from their misty, mountainous terrains, both provinces contain a cluster of both established and emerging cultural and heritage hubs that showcase the rich traditions, beliefs, and craftsmanship of their people. Here are six destinations to discover in Kalinga and Abra.
Teofilo Garcia Tabungaw Hats in San Quintin, Abra. Teofilo Garcia is a National Living Treasure whose Tabungaw hats have earned him recognition because of their innovative design and durability. A farmer based in Abra, Garcia created these weather-resistant hats out of native gourds to be used as an alternative protective headwear for farmers like himself.
Awichon Cultural Village in Lubuagan, Kalinga. This cultural center is built on an entire village in a plateau in Barangay Dangoy. Founded by National Living Treasure of the Performing Arts, Alonso Saclag, Sr., it showcases the traditions and culture of the Kalinga people. It was declared by the National Center for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)as the Kalinga Center for Culture and arts.
Leila’s Loom Weaving in La Paz, Abra. Leila’s Abel Loom Weaving features a showroom of the traditional abel-style loom weaving method which has been featured in different trade fairs and exhibits in the Philippines and all over the world. The showroom also carries yards of the finished product for sale.
Mabilong Weavers Village in Lubuagan, Kalinga. Mabilong Weavers Village is Kalinga’s central weaving hub. Visitors can see the traditional backstrap weaving method in action and admire the intricately woven and colorful weaves of Kalinga.
Daguitan Kan Tangkib Eco Village Agri-Farm in Tabuk, Kalinga. This eco-village and farm consists of 11 hectares of coffee farms, with three small pools and three village houses for guests. Visitors may enjoy a refreshing dip, an educational farm tour, and join in on the coffee-picking activities during harvest season.
Rizal Ecotourism Center in Rizal, Kalinga. The ecotourism center serves multiple purposes: as a public library, tourism hub , and a community hall. One of its other notable features is that it houses the biggest gong and the Rhino of Rizal Archaeological Exhibit.
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