A village termed after a local idiom that means “vantage point”, Tam-awan village offers a space for the local culture and arts to thrive by showcasing original Ifugao and Kalinga huts and exhibits hosted by current local artists of Baguio City. Arguably the opposite of the city proper which is heavily influenced during the American occupation, it is fitting that this tourist attraction is located a bit farther from the, in Pinsao Proper, Baguio City.
A melting pot of Cordilleran craftsmanship and history
The village was founded in 1998 by the Chanum foundation Inc., whose vision of the village is to be a venue for art and cultural activities that will raise appreciation to the Cordilleran heritage and help empower the locals’ economy. What started with three knocked down huts from Bangaan, Ifugao eventually became seven Ifugao huts and two Kalinga houses, which were reconstructed using original materials and new cogon roofs.
Exhibits are constantly displayed inside the houses as well, with art pieces done by the local artists. Cordilleran craftsmanship is highlighted with the artistry present in the village, making it accessible to the public to know more about these indigenous people.
A Garden in the Sky
During the day, there are several activities available in the village other than simply viewing the huts. For P450 per person per module, guests can attend art workshops held by local artists that focus on either of the following: advanced drawing, solar drawing, oil pastel, watercolor, wood carving, bamboo craft, dreamcatcher making, or life drawing/portraiture; or have their portraits sketched by the artists. They may also hike around the village and have a picnic good for ten people, with a fee of P200 for the table. Local food and beverages are available in Tam-awan cafe as well. At night, guests are welcome to spend the night in one of the Ifugao huts, and have a traditional bonfire from 6-11 pm, with their own food and drinks or bought from the cafe.