Bokod boosts tourism potentials-A A +A
Sunday, October 21, 2012
THE municipality of Bokod is spicing up its tourism industry to attract more visitors to the town.
Mayor Mauricio Macay, Ambuklao village chief Arthur Solano, Councilors Christino Antonio and Ponciano Bersara, and Corporate Communications vice president of SN Aboitiz lawyer Mike Hosillos presented to media their initiative to uplift the tourist industry of the town in a press conference October 18 at the Department of Tourism-Cordillera.
They all said “it’s more fun in Bokod.”
Macay said they will hold an Ambuklao adventure on October 26 to 28 that features the wonders of Barangay Ambuklao, including the home of the country’s first hydroelectric plant -- Ambuklao dam.
Solano said this time, they want to emphasize a barangay-based tourism initiative unlike the old practice, which is usually concentrated on the capital of the town or province.
He said Ambuklao is the most visited place in town because of the dam.
The adventure venue houses the Bobon eco–walk trail, dam and mountains Shipil and Patoktok.
The Bobon trail is located along the banks of the Jangjang River and the Ambuklao dam.
The trail starts from the Jangjang River and passes through the long Jangjang–Balengasay footbridge. Trekkers can hear chirping birds, breathe fresh and cool air, and witness magnificent views along the trail.
Meanwhile, the Ambuklao Dam is a giant body of water dubbed as an “eye–catcher.” It is suitable for marine breeding and its surrounding is a haven for birds.
Solano said Mt. Shipil is a promising adventure destination. The name came from an Ibaloi term “Shipil,” which means neighbors. The name presents the appearance of the two mountains which seem to be neighbors. Mt. Shipil has an elevation of around 1290 to 1300 MASL.
Moreover, the venue also has Mt. Patoktok which means “summit.” It is located in the edge of the barangay. It is believed to be one of the highest mountains in the barangay. It looks over the Ambuklao proper and the neighboring towns of Bokod. It is 1,425 meters above sea level.
The mountain houses various wild birds and a wild deer locally known as “mekgwas.” The deer is rarely seen; however, adventurers can hear its “shout” on night time.
Macay said registration fee is only P800 while a separate porters’ fee of P400 will be collected if the trekkers desired to avail. He said payments can be done at the Ambuklao barangay hall or during the registration at the Department of Tourism Regional Office on October 26.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 22, 2012.