DOT designates two tourist spots in Benguet

December 11, 2012 11:24 pm 

ITOGON, Benguet, Dec. 11 — The Department of Tourism (DOT) has recently designated Mount Pigingan and Kalumbas Falls as among the latest tourist spots in Benguet.

DOT regional director Purificacion Molintas said exploring all beautiful places in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and developing eco-tourism help in bringing in more tourists.

Since two years ago, CAR has surpassed its one million tourism arrivals yearly with the growing success of places of adventures in the area like this town located some 25 kilometers east of Baguio City.

"CAR is determined to contribute more to the DOT yearly target nationwide of 10 million tourists by the end of 2016," Molintas said.

Mount Pigingan located at barangay Dalupirip in Itogon, Benguet became popular to visitors when the first "Mount Pikingan Executive Trek" with the theme "Exploring New Wonders" was held last month.

A total of 80 hikers from various provinces in Luzon scaled the mountain rugged terrain to reach the mighty and pristine Kalumbas Falls.

The name of the mountain was after the Ibaloi dialect which means slanting or deviating from vertical position. The peak which offers hikers a panoramic view of the northern Luzon's long coastal ream that slant towards western direction, pointed, rocky and mystifying.

Itogon municipal mayor Oscar Camantiles said the hikers pledged to make the historic climb regular to let others become aware that there in Benguet lies a natural beauty that remained unseen and unexplored.(PNA)

GHG/AAG/GABRIEL B. KEITH

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