ITOGON, BENGUET — The gold-producing Municipality of Itogon is not all mining as it will focus on the tourism business during the month-long 115th Benguet Foundation Anniversary which will kick-off on November 6.
Itogon Mayor Victor Palangdan, Wednesday enumerated the municipality’s sceneries and areas of interest.
Mount Ugo in Barangay Tinongdan is now a popular sports and adventure site.
At 2,150 meters above sea level (ASL), Mount Ugo is the venue of the Pilipinas Akyathlon, the country’s only international high-altitude mountain trail running race for the last couple of years.
The Mount Ugo Climb is a Hall of Fame awardee of the Pearl Awards of the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) for Best Tourism Event – Sports, Adventure and Wellness – municipal level category.
Other places of interest, Palangdan said, are the Bidayan Mountain in Poblacion, Itogon which is perfect for trekking due to its picturesque view.
The Mongso Cave in Dalupirip for spelunkers where one will experience the site of an underground river, stalactites and stalagmites.
The Suyok Falls where a natural swimming pool was formed at its base.
The Dalupirip Hot Springs along the Agno River which is ideal for picnicking, swimming, and steam bathing.
Itogon, Benguet is host to the Binga Dam which was constructed in 1958 along the Agno River.
Binga Dam generates 100 megawatts of power daily, supplying Luzon including Manila.
The Balatoc Mines Village, the oldest mining community which was established in 1903.
Balatoc Mines closed several years ago due to the high cost of production amidst the slump in mineral prices.
A tourist will be treated to a first hand experience of being a miner where he or she will be dressed with the complete miner’s gear and tools.
Visitors will experience gold ore extraction from blasting to processing, Palangdan said. PNA