Like what I’ve mentioned on my last post, It was a surprise trip when my friend Redz and I decided to see La Presa. La Presa (originally known a Sitio Pungayan) is located in Sto. Tomas in Tuba Benguet. Tuba is a nearby town in Baguio about an hour trip away from the city proper. La Presa is where the famous ABS-CBN teleserye FOREVERMORE was shoot for about 8 months (October 2014 until May 2015). It was starred by the heartthrob Enrique Gil and the modest gorgeous girl Liza Soberano.
From Bakakeng, where we stayed overnight with Redz, We took a cab to La Presa for only 200php. Not like during the peak of the visits, The cab is costing 400php to 500php one way. The cab driver was nice. Since Redz and I were speaking in Iloco dialect like him, we had a strong connection since the start of the trip. He even taught us how to get back to the city.
From a simple house owned by a simple resident of Baguio City, it now turned out to an iconic house where tourist from all over the Philippines are extremely fascinated to see it. There is an entrance fee for 20.00php though but worth it. Some stores are also scattered all over. We bought some souvenirs like purse, chains and shirts. Other than that, there are also stores where to buy goods for pasalubong, good thing is I won’t need to go to Baguio town proper to buy those like what we’ve initially planned. From there, there’s a jeepney going straight to Baguio. This indeed has somehow helped the tourism in the Philippines and hopefully it would last to help the business owners too.
It was a 23rd of November, Monday when we visited La presa. It was expected that the place should be populated, but surprisingly, It was quiet with only few visitors. Was it because it’s a weekday? Or probably because the fascination is getting frail now? I had a little chat with some residents and I’ve learned that during the shoot, the place was crowded. One of the T-shirt vendors even bragged that he earned about a million in a month in the store he was just renting. Now he bought a property where he can resume his souvenir business. Great one Kuya! A huge Kudos to you!
But my question is, how long will the people be addicted to this place? One thing is, the place doesn’t have much ways for sanitation. How can they supply water all over the place? I hope the government would look into this, if by chance, tourism in this place would continue to burn on. These things needs to be seriously considered to keep mother earth safe too. Then again, shouldn’t we need to consider cleanliness everywhere? 🙂