Saturday, February 16, 2013

PHILEX - a barangay glimpse and Balog Eco-Tourism

"Almost self-sufficient, this thriving community up in mountains of Tuba, Benguet is formed primarily from a mining industry that boast of its Responsible Mining campaign"

         This is more of an impromptu decision i made late afternoon yesterday. That is going to Philex Mining Community in Padcal, Tuba, Benguet  particularly the "Balog River Eco-Tourism Park".
Unfortunately, it is not yet open to the public (I'm too eager!!). We decided to just frolic the community by taking some photographs of the place through the help of  my relative who works and lives there together with his family.

One of the interesting things being done in the Philex mining area is their upcoming Eco-Tourism projects particularly along the Balog river. As i've seen from pictures it has some walking/hiking trails such as hanging bridges and elevated walkways. Hopefully be opened to the nature loving public soon.

(Photos courtesy of Dionisio Estepa Sr.)

Subject   : PHILEX
Location :  Philex Community
                 Barangay of Padcal
                 Municipality of Tuba
                 Province of Benguet

How to get there:
At downtown Baguio, take one(1) hour jeepney ride going to Philex Mines with 50 pesos fare (terminal at 66th Infantry Loop.. at the Petron Gas station and near SSS building along Harrison road). Among the sites it passes are: Panagbenga park, TESDA, Texas Instruments, Camp John Hay, Scout barrio & Loakan Airport among others.
Note: It is advisable that you should know somebody inside to visit or have an official business going in as the Eco-Park is not yet open.

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