TRAVEL: A Day Trip to the Igorot Stone Kingdom in Baguio City
This year, a new tourist attraction emerged in Baguio City, which perfectly encapsulates what it means to be a creative city. The Igorot Stone Kingdom, a historical park that showcases Igorot culture, is one of the places you must visit the next time you go to Baguio!
About the Igorot Stone Kingdom
Situated along Long-Long Road in Pinsao Proper Village, the Igorot Stone Kingdom will surely capture your attention with the beautiful layers upon layers of stone-formed castle structure. The Stone Kingdom, with an area of 6,000 square meters surrounded by tall trees and created resembling rice terraces, was built by Pio Velasco. From a birds-eye view, the place looks like a ruin of an old roman empire castle.
According to Velasco, his concept for the man-made kingdom was “Igorot child’s castle fantasies, his childhood in Mountain Province, and a caring God and family culture brought by the Igorot’s skill of stone laying,” as mentioned in a news article published on the Philippine News Agency. The stone park was also built in honor of Velasco’s mom, who taught them patience and strength.
At first glance, the whole stone kingdom looks like a maze, which lets you roam around and admire every nook and cranny of the entire castle.
The stone kingdom was made like a traditional riprap. The stone kingdom features several attractions, including towers that depict Gatan and Bangan, both Igorots who survived the holocaust, and a Kabunyan tower– a tower for the Igorot god. You’ll also find here a white carabao monument which, according to the owner, was his sign to build the Stone Kingdom.
Another attraction that you’ll see here is a bridge and an Igorot gold mine, all showcasing the talent and skills of the Igorot. There’s also a fertility stone tower too! There are just so many things to see and discover in this attraction that are all picture-worthy.
The place also aims to correct the misconceptions about Igorots, as it describes itself as a “cultural revolution.” It aims to show people that the Igorots are civilized and culturally advanced, and they take pride in their skills and heritage. Indeed, this attraction is built for tourism purposes and for everyone to learn the rich culture of Igorot people.
How to go to the Igorot Stone Kingdom
From the Central Business District, ride a jeep bound for Tacay-Longlong in Otek St. you may also ride a taxi from CBD, which may cost you at least Php 70 to Php 150.
The entrance fee for the park is Php 100 for adults and P80 for kids. Toddlers 3 years old and below can enter free of charge.
Operating Hours The park is open from 6 AM to 6 PM daily.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ISK2600/
Address: #86 Long-Long Road, Pinsao Proper, Baguio City
Have you been to Baguio before? What other tourist destinations can you recommend to other tourists who also want to enjoy and learn about the indigenous people of Cordillera? Share it in the comment section below!
Source: Philippine News Agency.