Tuba Municipal Hall complex. Image by Ramon FVelasquez, via Wikimedia Commons.

Tuba, Benguet

Tuba is a municipality in the province of Benguet.

Tuba Municipal Hall complex. Image by Ramon FVelasquez, via Wikimedia Commons.
Tuba Municipal Hall complex.
Photo credits: Ramon FVelasquez

Places of Interest

The following are places of interest, tourist attractions and/or notable landmarks in Tuba.

  • Mount Santo Tomas – located at Barangay Poblacion. Its height is 2,252 masl. This is the most prominent mountain in the municipality.
  • Mount Cabuyao – located at Barangay Poblacion. It is one of the so-called “Twin Peaks”; the higher peak being Mount Santo Tomas.
  • Aran Cave – located at Barangay Camp 3, along Kennon Road
  • Colorado Falls – located at Barangay Twin Peaks, along Kennon Road
  • Bridal Veil Falls – located at Barangay Tabaan Sur, along Kennon Road
  • Hydro Falls – located at Camp 6, along Kennon Road
  • Private resorts or waterparks along Kennon Road – with swimming pools for adults and kids, picnic areas, and other recreational facilities built around the natural spring waters in Camps 1 and 3.
  • Asin Hot and Sulfur Spring – located in Barangay Nangalisan. There are private resorts and waterparks in the area which attract people wanting to enjoy the rejuvenating hot or cold spring waters of Asin. Adult and kiddie swimming pools, clean bathrooms, picnic areas, and other recreational facilities have been installed in these resorts for the pleasure of holiday trippers. The natural features of the place such as the spring waters, mountainous surroundings, and lush vegetation have been preserved and complemented by all the man-made enhancements added to ensure the satisfaction of customers, many of whom are city dwellers.
  • Sipitan and Yanged Tunnels – these tunnels were originally carved through the mountain to serve as part of a planned railway system connecting Aringay in La Union to Baguio/Benguet area. The project was ultimately abandoned because of the excessively growing funding requirement. The entire span of the Asin Road includes passing through these 2 man-made tunnels.
  • Philex Mining Corporation – is the biggest producer of copper and its by-products gold and silver in the Philippines and is located in Padcal, Tuba. The Padcal Community is home to thousands of miners and employees and their families. It includes the Santo Niño Hospital, Santo Niño Chapel, and private schools in the elementary and secondary levels.
  • Kennon Road, Palispis-Aspiras Highway, Naguilian Road, and Asin Road – are 4 major highways that link the lowland towns to the city of Baguio. All 4 highways pass through the municipality of Tuba. Kennon Road is the famous Zigzag Road built during the American occupation and opened in 1905. It is 33.5 kilometers and runs from Baguio through Tuba and ends up in Rosario-Pugo area. The 47.2-kilometer-long Palispis-Aspiras Highway is also sometimes called Baguio-Agoo Road, and more popularly known as Marcos Highway. The Ben Palispis Highway is the part within the boundary of Tuba; it is called Jose Aspiras Highway after the border between Benguet and La Union, particularly the town of Pugo. This major highway also crosses Tubao and ends up in Agoo or in Rosario, all of La Union. Its landmarks are the huge concrete eagle at Agoo and the viaduct and concrete tunnel at Badiwan, Barangay Poblacion in Tuba. The Naguilian Road, officially called Quirino Highway and alternatively known as the Baguio-Bauang Road, passes through the Benguet towns of Tuba and Sablan and then the La Union towns of Burgos, Naguilian, and Bauang. It is 46 kilometers long. Finally, Asin Road, or its other names of Asin-Nangalisan-San Pascual Road, or Baguio-Tubao Road, or Tubao-Asin Road, is a challenging road and not as wide as the other previously mentioned roads. There are 2 man-made tunnels that motorists have to pass through as they negotiate this road. These mountain highways provide refreshing views of forests which, from October to February, are covered with wild sunflower blooms. Traversing these highways also give adrenaline rush when the vehicle negotiates a sharp curve,or gets too close to the edge of the road that borders a bottomless chasm, or when fog envelopes long stretches of the road causing zero visibility.
  • Shrine of the Brown Madonna – located at Km. 7 of asin Road in Barangay Tadiangan. A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary is enshrined in a man-made rock cave. This is one popular attraction among Catholic devotees from Benguet province and Baguio City.
  • Santo Niño Parish Church – located in Padcal, Tuba
  • Conversion of Saint Paul Parish Church – located at Barangay Poblacion

Festivals

  • Adivay Festival – is a province-wide and month-long celebration held every November. The activities include a Grand Cañao, search for the Mr. and Ms. Benguet, sports events, cultural presentations, rodeo, horseback riding competition, and agri-tourism fair, among others. As the name implies, the festival is a special event for the coming together of the 13 municipalities of Benguet to celebrate as one. Also meant as a thanksgiving for the official foundation of the province. Adivay Festival activities take place in the capital town of Benguet in La Trinidad.

Map of Tuba


* For more information about Tuba, check its PhilAtlas profile.
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