Tribal village, newest attraction in Ilocos Norte

By: Freddie G. Lazaro

 

NUEVA ERA, Ilocos Norte, Jan. 1 (PIA) – Ilocos Norte has unveiled a new tourist destination depicting the indigenous arts, practices and cultures of the upland town Nueva Era.

Dubbed “the Tribal Village” of Nueva Era, 39.8 km southeast of Laoag City, the tourist attraction was opened on December 28.

Rhea Rivera, the tourism officer of Nueva Era, said the village structures were inspired by facilities from tourism mecca Kota Kinabalo in Malaysia.

She said Nueva Era’s added values is its natural cool and fresh ambiance as the village was constructed under big trees beside Mount Sicapao, 500 meters east of the town hall.

She added the place is an excellent venue for picnic, adventure walk, mountain biking and other outdoor adventures.

The village has “tree houses” built on tree branches with connecting wooden ladders and bridges.

A “canopy walk” was constructed between trees for added adventure activity at the site.

The village has attractive cottages and buildings made of indigenous materials.

It also boasts of a 25-meter swimming pool with clear and free–flowing water from the mountains.

Aside from the facilities, a cultural presentation on local community life will also captivate any tourist’s interest.

“The village is an excellent venue for canopy walk, mountain hiking, picnic, gathering or conferences,” Rivera said.

For her part, Governor Imee Marcos cited the Nueva Era tribal village as another place in the province that will draw attractions and entertainments.

She said that attractiveness of the place will encourage balikbayans and tourists to often visit the province.#