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Tuba to clear 2-story structure blocking Bridal Veil Falls’ view
by Jimmy K. Laking

The municipality of Tuba is wrapping up a tourism development plan that would include the eventual removal of a two-story structure at the base of the Bridal Veil Falls along Kennon Road.

“We will eventually go into that,” said Councilor Adora Paus-Gabino, chair of tourism and social welfare committee, adding that municipal officials intend to have a dialogue with the owner of the structure in a bid to pave the way for its removal.

Benguet Board Member Blas Dalus who hails from Tuba said the structure is owned by one Rufo Palaoag who constructed the building in 2007.

“As far as I know, it has no building permit but we will have to resort to customary practice if we are to convince him to remove his house,” he said.

Ilocos Sur Board Member Pablito Sanidad Jr., told acting Benguet Vice Gov. Florence B. Tingbaoen last week that the structure has spoiled the Bridal Veil Falls scenery.

“It is the one thing that does not look right,” he said.

A natural waterfall whose origin is clothed in legend, the Bridal Veil Falls is one of Tuba’s must-see natural and man-made wonders.  Legend says it got its name from a maiden who fled the man she does not want to marry. In her hurry, she left the veil on the mountain which became a waterfall.

Gabino said Tuba has allocated P200,000 to finalize its tourism development plan, which includes measures on how to address the condition of the town’s natural and man-made tourist attractions.

The municipality is the host of several waterfalls that have become favorites to foreign and domestic tourists. It is also host to several sulphur hot springs notably in Barangay Nangalisan.

The historic Kennon Road and the alternate route, Marcos Highway, are also located in the municipality, making Tuba the gateway to Baguio City from the lowlands.

Listed as a natural attraction in Barangay Poblacion are the Kabuyao burial caves that have gained prominence with the reported earthmoving and massive cutting of trees attributed to a government official.


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