The Igorot Stone Kingdom is a new park in the country’s summer capital, which is bound to be another popular tourist draw.
The park showcases the rich Igorot culture, practices, and traditions, as well as the life of the inhabitants of the Cordillera region. Pegged to open to the public by June of this year, the new tourist destination highlights Igorot folklore and showcases the locals’ impressive rock-laying skills.
Located on a mountainside along Long-long Road, the park covers 6,000-square meters, dedicated to Igorot’s ingenuity in creating stone walls similar to the world-renowned rice terraces in Banaue.
On one side, there are modern-day castles made of cement and hollow blocks. Aside from stone walls, many features would put the spotlight on each province in the Cordillera province.
Among them is a tower that depicts the fantasy story of Gatan and Bangan (an Igorot man and woman who survived the great holocaust), a fertility stone tower, and a Kabunyan (Igorot God) tower.
A representation of both the new and old Igorot culture and values of the Cordillera people, Stone Kingdom will also house life-sized statues of prominent Igorot, prominent Igorot people, who were proud of their ancestry, and have made a name for themselves (such as Roxanne Baeyens, the first Igorot beauty queen).
Before the privately owned land was developed into a tourist attraction, it sat idle and degrading for more than two decades.
Soon, the “Igorot Stone Kingdom” will be able to entertain and educate visitors with “Igorot child’s fantasy of castles and the region’s vast cultural heritage.”
And while Baguio is already a popular tourist destination—what with the cool climate, awesome pasalubong items to be had, and delicious strawberries and broccoli—it’s nice to have a new place to go to, especially for frequent visitors.