Asin Road Barangay Tourism
by Andrew D. Daiwey
| Asin Road
One of the tourism charms in the barangay is the world-famous woodcarving industry and the woodcarvers themselves which attract foreign tourists, as well as local visitors. More and more people come just to watch and take pictures of the men, women and children doing the delicate finishing touches of the Sto. Nino, the reindeer hunter, a tiger, the sturdy Igorot man or woman and the many other carvings one can imagine.
Most of the woodcarvers are from the different downs of Ifugao provinces such as Hungduan, Banaue, Kiangan, Lagawe and other places who brought their knowhow and settled in this barangay. You can find these woodcarvers along Asin Road from Kilometer 3 down to Kilometer 6.
With the disappearance of the wood especially acacia trees, the woodcarvers now go as far as Tarlac, Pampanga, La Union, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Laguna, and other places in the lowlands where this kind of wood for the industry is available and sold.
Another tourism charm is the Ifugao trade center and the Indigenous People's cultural amphitheater, both situated atop a hill at Kilometer 4 with a panoramic view overlooking the entire Asin Road Village including the Puyat farm known hereabouts as New Town. The trade center building and the amphitheater landscaping are patterned from that of a typical Ifugao hut and the 8th wonder of the world Banaue rice terraces.
To have a ready supply of woodcarvings, Mr. Nauyac before he became our barangay captain, organized the Asin Road Woodcarver Cooperative, Inc., with office and display center located at his Kilometer 3 residence. The cooperative has been supplying Japan and other eastern and western countries.
We have also the Sto. Nino cave popularly known hereabout as the Shrine of the Brown Madonna of Benguet located at Kilometer 7. Through the initiative of Baguio City Councilor Nars Padilla, this cave was developed into a favorite prayer spot. This once upon a time dull cave, is now the beehive of people who are seeking a quiet place to be alone with their God.
The most beautiful and wonderful tourism potentials is the newly discovered cave situated 300 meters below the Asin Road at Kilometer 5 along the Salyapan Creek. Its depth is still undetermined. Its awesome stalactite and stalagmite twinkling as one enters the cave with a flashlight can mesmerize the viewer. In the absence of a name it was christened as the NAUYAC WONER CAVE. In order that the beauty and wonder of the Nauyac cave could be appreciated, the barangay council of Asin Road adopted a resolution requesting the city council of Baguio for appropriation of funds to construct an access road to the location of the cave.
On top of all these tourism charms and potentials, is the peace and order condition of the barangay. Since the inception of the new administration, no major crime whatsoever has been reported. No murder or salvage victims have been found or reported.
It is expected that when the on-going concreting of the Asin Road shall have been completed, torists and visitors will be flocking daily to this barangay of indigenous tribal groups. Jeepney rides will take only 15 minutes from the Baguio plaza to the Asin Road turning point.
To the foreign and local tourist, your travel to the city of Baguio and the Cordillera will never be complete without coming to Asin Road Barangay where you can find and see what you've missed in the hinterlands.
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