Halsema Mountain Highway in Benguet

Halsema HighwayThe Halsema Mountain Highway is 96 kilometers in length and starts from La Trinidad in Benguet province, cutting across deep mountain peaks and gorges. Formerly called the “Mountain Trail”, this magnificent road leads to the wonderland of the Cordillera, to hidden villages, wonderful rice terraces, quaint native life style which discovers unique customs and folkways, rhythmic dances and its children of nature. This cloud-kissed highway helped bring about changes in the highlands. Formerly a trail traversed by American prospectors on horse-pulled wagons, this road had paved the development of commerce and trade; rich mines have been tapped; food production and cottage industries have been boosted. It also has been a withness to history. On its side were splattered blood of Igorots retreating to the hinterlands and finally overtaken by combined Fil-American forces in Kapangan.

Monitoring over the road gives one an unexplained feeling of thrill and excitement over the breathtaking sights below and around it but at the same time a feeling of being caught in suspended animation over its awesome depths.

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