Kabayan, Benguet is home to the ancient Ibaloi mummies. It is a very good respite for mountaineers who climb Mt. Pulag, the highest peak in Luzon, Philippines. The mountains and clouds are almost spiritual, a sight to linger on. Peoples’ faces light up with a warm smile and immediately welcome you into their homes. Among others, Kabayan also prides itself with “kintoman” rice, one of the ancestral rice varieties of the Igorots planted in their rice terraces. When in Kabayan, one can also experience its exotic organic “soil shampoo” called gidgidin their native dialect.

 

 

 

 

Sagada, Mt. Province is a very popular tourist destination because of so many beautiful reasons:

  • Intricate cave formations
  • Echo valley
  • Underwater river
  • Big Falls/Bokong Falls
  • Crystal Cave, etc.

But the eternal attraction of Sagada is the strong bond of friendship you develop with the Sagadans – a portal to Igorot culture – that makes you want to go back and stay even longer in your next visit.

 

 

 

Bokod, Benguet houses the Ambuklao Dam, a main source of electricity for the town of Northern Luzon. Believed to have been the epicenter of the worst Baguio earthquake in the 1980’s, Bokod, because of the Ibalois’ strong and determined attitude, has recovered beautifully. At present, the farmers adopt and practice natural farming systems for the diversified abundant farm lands they have cultivated for fruits, vegetables, and all sorts of farm animals. They have also initiated moves to develop their natural hot springs for community development. Rejuvenated ancient coffee trees can be viewed as models – for other coffee farmers to follow.

 

 

 

 

Mt. Malarayat, Lipa, Batangas has always been known as the origin of “barako” coffee in the Philippines. The national reserve Malarayat mountain range is partly in Sto. Tomas and Lipa, Batangas. Up to now, a canyon relic during the Filipino-Spanish revolt is hidden in one of the mountain enclaves safely guarded by the forest dwellers. Mt. Malarayat is one of the few forests of the Philippines that is very near and accessible to the city and yet is struggling to hold on to its forested abode.

 

 

 

 

 

Barlig, Mt. Province is the last remaining virgin forest in the Mt. Province. Its elevation is even higher than Sagada, has occasional frosts in certain areas, and also houses the Philippine monkey eating eagle. Coffee used to be widespread during the Spanish era. However, during world war II, the whole community was burned by Japanese soldiers. Now, only a few remaining coffee trees are alive but have retained their superior taste and quality. Many wild flora and fauna are still found in this pristine area. There is no electricity yet but its preserved wild beauty is what will enthrall you to go back to Barlig.

 

 

 

 

PHILIPPINE ARABICA is highland coffee from 1,000 to 1,600 meters above sea level. The Philippines has five species of arabica – tipica, ramona and bourbon predominantly found in Cordillera whereas, meisor and catimor are mostly found in Mindanao .

Cordillera, North Luzon – Generally, arabica from Cordillera has acidic and winey taste . Aroma is mildly sweet. The farmers use both the dry and wet process method. However, with the present private-public initiatives, the farmers now are starting to understand the advantages of using the wet process method.

BENGUET BAKUN, BOKOD, KABAYAN, ITOGON, MANKAYAN, KIBUNGAN, SABLAN, ATOK, TUBLAY, BUGUIAS, TUBA, LA TRINIDAD, KAPANGAN

MT. PROVINCE SAGADA, BESAO, TADIAN, BONTOC, BARLIG, SADANGA, NATONIN, PARACELIS

IFUGAO BANAUE, TINOC, MAYOYAO, KIANGAN, LAGAUE, ASIPULO

Mindanao – Mindanao arabica is generally sweet and dark chocolatey in taste. A clean cup with a distinct flowery aroma.

MT. MATUTUM; SULTAN KUDARAT; LAKE SEBU; MT. APO; AGUSAN DEL SUR

ROBUSTA – is also considered lowland coffee. It is also called filler coffee. It is normally used to make instant coffee. Among all the coffee varieties, it has the highest caffeine content and has the most woody and bitter taste. Presently, robusta is the most prevalent coffee variety.

MARAGUSAN, COMPOSTELA VALLEY; IMPASUGONG, BUKIDNON; SARANGGANI, SARANGGANI; MT. MATUTUM, SOUTH COTABATO; MT. MANDALAGAN, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL; BAIS, NEGROS ORIENTAL; DONA REMEDIOS TRINIDAD, BULACAN; SORSOGON, BICOL; TABUK, KALINGA APAYAO

LIBERICA – is considered lowland coffee. It has pungent aroma and pharmacopical, strong woody taste. It has a straight bitter bite leaving a natural acidic aftertaste. Among all the four coffee varietals, liberica is the biggest bean.

MT. BANAHAW, QUEZON; MT. MALARAYAT, LIPA; REMEDIOS TRINIDAD, BULACAN

PURE EXELSA – is also lowland coffee. It has very distinct sweet and fruity aroma and taste exotic jackfruit. This bean variety is normally blended for its aroma and not for its taste. It is a lot woodier than liberica.

MT. MALARAYAT, LIPA; MT. BANAHAW; SORSOGON, BICOL