Ilokos Inabel & Ifugao Textile Tour February 18 - March 4

2019 Textile Arts and Culture Tour by The Hinabi Project
February 18-March 3. Curated by Anthony Cruz Legarda


February 20 - 22: Three nights stay at contemporary boutique Bayleaf Hotel in old Intramuros, the historical walled city in Manila.
February 20: Tour Intramuros on E-trikes or bamboo bikes in the afternoon. End the day with dinner at 9 Spoons, the penthouse restaurant of the Bayleaf Hotel to admire the famous Manila sunset and panoramic views.

February 21: Visit the Museum of the Filipino People and discover textiles, clothing and artifacts of our indigenous Philippine communities. Then lunch at the old-world Ilustrado restaurant. In the afternoon, tour the  Bahay Tsinoy, a museum that celebrates the history of the Chinese contribution to the Philippines.

February 22: Travel to the Ayala Museum located in the modern city of Makati to see a priceless collection of precolonial Philippine gold. Then back to Manila's Fort Santiago and shop at Manila Collectible that sells handmade textiles and accessories produced by Filipino artisans. Finally, dine at Barbara's while enjoying a cultural show.

February 23: Travel to Vigan for a four-night stay at Hotel Luna, a luxury hotel with an art gallery of historic paintings.
February 23: Leave by van for Vigan, a UNESCO world heritage site and the best-preserved town from the Spanish era. Then a stopover in Bangar, La Union where beautiful handwoven blankets and towels are made. In the late afternoon, check-in at Hotel Luna.

February 24: Proceed north along the Ilokos coast to Paoay, famous for its church and sandscape. Later, loop towards Pinili, the hometown of national treasure Magdalena Gamayo where she runs a School of Living Tradition to teach weaving skills to the younger generation. From Pinili, return for a good night's rest in Hotel Luna.

February 25: Spend a day at a beach resort in Pagudpud, a few hours away from Vigan and back to Hotel Luna at night.

February 26: Take a tour of the Vigan town proper on a horse-drawn "Kalesa" carriage and experience the old-world charm on a cobblestone street ride. Later, visit the weaving towns of Caoayan and Santiago in Ilocos Sur, then spend a last night in Hotel Luna.

February 27 - March 2: Four-night stay at the Manor at Camp John Hay, a premier sprawling forest log cabin style hotel surrounded with pine trees and scenic mountain views in Baguio. Camp John Hay was the center of American life during Baguio’s role as the colonial summer capital. 
February 27: Head for Baguio, a UNESCO creative city for craft and folk arts. Arrive at The Manor for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Easter Weaving Room, a place where one can observe weavers making Cordillera textiles that can be purchased by the yard.

February 28: Take an early morning hike in the forest trails of Camp John Hay. Then go on a Baguio City tour and visit: Museo Kordilyera, a modern three-story ethnographic museum that aims to cultivate an understanding of and respect for Cordillera culture; have lunch at Cafe by the Ruins, a well-beloved Baguio restaurant famous for their camote bread; and proceed to the Bencab Museum that houses artworks of Benedicto Reyes Cabrera and other noted Filipino artists as well as indigenous northern Luzon highland artifacts.

March 1: Enjoy The Hinabi Project's "Mountain Spirits" special exhibit at Camp John Hay. In the afternoon, proceed to Benguet at the Winaca Eco-Village established by Narda Capuyan where one can see Cordillera houses and weavings.

March 2: Panagbenga—a season of blooming— flower festival activities (float parade and dancers, bazaars and trade fairs)

March 3: Second day of Panagbenga in the morning. Check out after lunch. Leave for Manila. Stay at Henry Hotel, Pasay, Metro Manila, a boutique 1940's era renovated mansion that is 6 km from Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Total Travel Days: 13.   Estimated Cost: $3475 inclusive of bus travel and meals (but excluding airfare and tips)

For more information and reservations, contact: Anthony Cruz Legarda [acl @anthonycruzlegarda.com
Tour Pricing (as of December 2018)