I love Baguio: Tam-awan Village

For the first time, after all these years of going to Baguio, my cousin, my brother, and I went to Tam-awan Village.  Since we didn’t have a fixed itinerary — No, scratch that.  We didn’t have any itinerary.  At all.  — we decided to go somewhere that will give us a feel of Baguio art.  It could be anywhere, really, since Baguio, for me, is a city-wide art studio.  But, because none of us have been to Tam-awan, we all agreed to go there.

Tam-awan Village

From their website, www.tam-awanvillage.com:

“More than a showcase of indigenous craftsmanship, the foundation envisions the Tam-awan Village as an ideal venue for art and cultural activities aimed to enhance the appreciation of Cordillera life, its culture and its history. This is by raising awareness and appreciation of Cordillera culture, preserving Cordillera heritage and promoting cultural and economic empowerment in the Cordilleras.”

It was an uphill battle for me, since back then (and until now), I was living a sedentary lifestyle.

Tam-awan Village

But, it was fine since we got to enjoy their beautiful garden.

Tam-awan Village

Tam-awan Village

Tam-awan Village

Tam-awan Village

And, some sculptures from the Cordillera region.

Tam-awan Village

Tam-awan Village

As well as these tribal scripts.

Tam-awan Village

And, because we’re in Baguio, we couldn’t pass the chance up of drinking coffee at their Cafe and Craft Shop.

Tam-awan Village

Tam-awan Village

The Cafe and Craft Shop, as the name suggests, sells creations by people of Baguio.  And, of course, we just had to check them out.

Tam-awan Village

It was quite an interesting visit to the Tam-awan Village.  Aside from having had the opportunity to explore it with two of my favorite boys in the world, it was also my first time getting my profile sketched.  And, it was a privilege to have had it done by two Tam-awan artists!

Tam-awan Village

Tam-awan Village

My cousin said that one of the two artists who did my sketch saw how sad I felt then.  I just had to agree.  First off, he chose to use charcoal pencil (instead of a colored pencil, which was then available) with quite a wide tip.  I am not an expert in art.  But, I don’t know, it just felt like the sketch looked like I was a dark point in my life, which again was true.

While we were at Tam-awan Village and almost the entire time that we were on this trip, I endeavored to BE with them and chose not to be caught in my feelings and thoughts.  I acknowledged that I was on a rough patch and that if I really wanted to be fine, I had to help myself, too.  Good thing, I was with my cousin and my brother.  They really provided the space for me to just be with my sadness, when I wanted to, and the space for me to have fun, when I was up for it.  Yep, I am loved. :-)


Tam-awan Village

Address: 366-C Pinsao Proper, 2600 Baguio City, Philippines
Hours: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entrance fee: Php 50.00 for adults, Php 30.00 for senior citizens and students (please don’t forget to bring your ID), and Php 20.00 for kids
Contact number: +63.74.446.2949


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