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DoT-Cordillera to stage Pulag to highest point in Tinoc bike circuit

BIKE TO THE HIGHEST POINT. Some 50 riders are invited to join the first Bike to the Highest Point that starts at Lake Tabeo in Mount Pulag in Kabayan, Benguet to the highest point of the Philippine highway system in Ehes, Tinoc, Ifugao. The 25.2 kilometer ride organized by the Department of Tourism with the local government units of Tinoc, Ifugao, Kabayan and the Province of Benguet is meant to boost tourism in the Cordilleras. It is also the coldest part of the region offering some of the most scenic views.

From the breast of the highest peak in Luzon in Northern, Benguet to the highest point of the Philippine highway system in southern Ifugao, bikers get to the enjoy not just the cold but also some of the most scenic views in western Cordillera in the Bike to the Highest Point on June 20.

The Kabayan – Tinoc Biking Circuit invites 50 bike enthusiasts to the event organized by the Department of Tourism in partnership with the local government units of Tinoc, Ifugao, Kabayan and the province of Benguet that “aims at boosting tourism in the Cordilleras and promoting adventure activities in the region through biking.”

It is a 25.2 kilometer short biking experience, within the ancestral domain of the Kalungaya indigenous people group, that will start at the mystical Lake Tabeo, the easiest to reach of the four mystical lakes of Mount Pulag in Kabayan, Benguet.

The lake nestled 7,487 feet above sea level in barangay Tawangan, which is back dropped by the fifth highest mountain in the country and second in Luzon, Mount Tabayoc, could be the most popular of the four lakes that include Bulalakao, Inculos and the most magical, Latep-ngapos.

From there, DoT – Cordillera OIC director Jovita Ganongan said the 50 bikers will make a stop at Lake Bulalakao, probably the cleanest lake in the country, with its three cleanest lake award under the Gawad ng Pangulo sa Kapaligiran to boot.

Then the riders will pass through the salad capital of the Philippines, Buguias, the northernmost municipality of Benguet all the way to the highest point of the Philippine highway system in Guihngaw, Ehes, Tinoc in Ifugao.

This part of the Kiangan – Tinoc – Buguias Road is 7,968 feet above sea level. It now dwarfs the erstwhile highest point in Atok, Benguet which is 7,400 feet above sea level, and along the Halsema Highway that leads to the former capital of the old Mountain Province, Bontoc.

“(The bike circuit) is meant to promote the various eco-tourist sites along the scenic highway,” added Ganongan.

Along the way, the bikers could also have a good view of Junior Pulag in Buguias, a smaller version of the “playground of the gods” which like its big brother quickly changes temperature and air pressure.

In the DoT Cordillera Facebook page, bikers are encouraged to be “part of the history as the first 50 bikers to reach the highest point in the Philippine National Hi-way System.

Pre-registration is until June 13 at tinyurl.com/biketothehighest point.

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