Tam-Awan Village information
Eight traditional Ifugao homes and two rare octagonal Kalinga huts were taken apart and reassembled at this artists’ village on the northwest edge of the city. On a clear day you can see the South China Sea, hence the name Tam-awan, which means ‘vantage point’.
The Chanum Foundation, headed by well-known contemporary artist Ben Cabrera (‘BenCab’), developed the project in line with its mission to preserve and teach the art and culture of the Cordillera people. The foundation sponsors several local artists who paint and show their works here. Chit Asignacion, the vice-president of the foundation, is a great source of historical and practical information about the area.
Guests at Tam-awan Village can participate in art workshops, learn dream-catcher making and see indigenous music and dance demonstrations. Workshops should be arranged in advance (P400 per session). You can also stay here; spending the night in one of these huts (single/double P500/900) is a rare treat.
To get here, take a taxi (P7) or a Quezon Hill–Tam-awan or Tam-awan–Long-Long jeepney from the corner of Shaghem and Kayang Sts. Combine your trip here with a visit to the Easter Weaving Room, which is roughly on the way.