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Taste the Sweet Delight that La Presa Brings

Benguet

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Choose Philippines | Mar 04, 2015

Known for its rows of pine trees, the famous Session Road dotted with the coolest restaurants, the classic tsokolate, and a number of other claim-to-fame, Baguio's hottest and newest tourist spot has been immortalized in primetime television.

We all know it as "Sitio La Presa" but the strawberry field of the show "Forevermore" is known locally as "Sitio Pungayan" of Mt. Santo Tomas. It's an half-hour ride from the city proper of Baguio and found in Tuba, Benguet (not in La Trinidad, the known "Strawberry Capital of the Philippines").

"Dinayo ko itong La Presa, para maramdaman ko 'yung fever--Forevermore," Nida Bautista exclaims in an interview with Umagang Kay Ganda.

Locals have observed that people started visiting the village and taking pictures of it because of the show. Even souvenir shops we can only find in Baguio City's main destinations have sprouted in the prod location. Aside from the usual Baguio staples, these stores sell La Presa mugs, shirts, peanut brittle, and even strawberry jams!

Forevermore has also helped boost tourism in Benguet as the series also featured Baguio City's destinations like Burnham Park, Wright Park, and The Manor.

Like all stories, Forevermore will eventually end but Sitio Pungayan's mark in television history will definitely be forever.

Watch the video above for more information.

(All photos from @forevermoreofficial.)

Where on Earth is Tuba, Benguet?

Tuba is situated in the southwestern tip of the Central Cordillera Mountain Range. It is a first class municipality of Benguet.

How to Get There

From Baguio City, the municipality of Tuba is accessible via land transport through various entries such as Naguilian Road, Kennon Road, and Marcos Highway. With these three highways traversing the area, Tuba is also known as the "Gateway to Baguio."

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Photo used with permission from Guest Haven.

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Explore the rest of Baguio:

1) 9 Ways to Take Your Lover to Cloud 9: Baguio Escape

2) 4 Cool Art Centers to Make Your Trip Stand Out

3) Camp John Hay's Funny Cemetery of Negativism

4) Laperal White House

5) Hunting the Haunted: Diplomat Hotel

Make Baguio City your jump-off point to nearby places in the Cordillera Region:

1) The Philippines' Museum in the Clouds is One of the World's Best
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2) From Laguna to Cordillera: A Mountaineer’s Tale

Bring home something from Baguio and use our Pasalubong Map as guide:

 

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