July 16, 2024

A new hiking destination, Mt. Alang, located at Sitio Alang, Barangay Camp 3, Tuba, Benguet was recently launched for tourism activities by the municipality.

The launching coincided with the town’s celebration of the 7th Ava Festival. The mountain was supposedly opened on Sept. 27 but was postponed due to Typhoon Karding.  

Municipal Tourism Action Officer Elmer Montino said Mt. Alang’s elevation and terrain, with its hilly mountains, is similar to Itogon’s Mt. Ulap.

Montino said the site boasts its own panoramic view as it is composed of several sitios.

“It is like a village atop a mountain, ang kagandahan is its panoramic view – you can see the lowlands at the same time you can see the view of the City of Baguio,” Montino said.

The area is also open for camping, where hikers could witness the night lights from the city or the sea of clouds, which could be seen early in the morning or late in the afternoon.  

As the town is slowly opening to tourism, local tour guides are also undergoing a series of trainings.

Aside from Mt. Alang, Tuba will also reopen the Colorado waterfalls at Twin Peaks, Camp 6, which has been closed since 2017 due to a series of drowning accidents.

Montino said it is high time to reopen the pristine falls to the public, who earlier enjoyed the 10-feet deep natural pool. Signages were installed to remind the public not to put their guards down even while enjoying the site.

He said Tuba’s catchphrase has been updated to “Highways of discoveries”, making it plural since the municipality features the scenic four major highways: Palispis-Aspiras Highway, Kennon Road, Quirino Highway, and Asin-Nangalisan-Tubao Road. For more information on the various sites of Tuba or how to get to Mt. Alang, contact the Tuba Tourism Facebook account, or email [email protected]. – Ofelia C. Empian