May 27, 2024

The Department of Tourism-Cordillera has postponed the “Bike to the Highest Point” set last June 20 due to the community quarantine status of Ifugao, which is in effect until June 30.

Ifugao is currently classified under modified enhanced community quarantine.

The 97 participants who signed up for the event are supposed to bike to the highest point in the Philippine national highway system in Tinoc, Ifugao at 2,428.66 meters above sea level from Kabayan, Benguet.

The organizers announced that DOT-Cordillera said the activity would be postponed indefinitely to ensure the safety of the participants and all parties involved.   

“Thank you for your overwhelming support of the event. With 97 participants who have signed up, we humbly ask for your understanding,” the organizers said.

The event is aimed at boosting tourism in the Cordillera by promoting adventure and outdoor activities in the new normal. 

Bikers were supposed to traverse through 25.2 kilometers starting from Lake Tabeo, the easiest to reach of the four mystical lakes of Mount Pulag in Kabayan.

The participants will then make a stop at Lake Bulalakao, one of the four lakes that include Inculos and Latep-ngapos, while going through the scenic ancestral domain of the Kalungayas.

The riders will pass through Buguias, Benguet all the way to the highest point of the Philippine highway system in Guihngaw, Ehes, Tinoc.

In 2019, the Department of Public Works and Highways announced the newest highest point in the Philippine national highway system is located at the Kiangan-Tinoc-Buguias Road.

The highest point is now a destination for bikers and runners for the scenic views along its route. – Ofelia C. Empian