The town of Kibungan is conducting a contest to change its current tagline, “The Switzerland of Benguet” into something more appropriate. Apparently some tourist was disappointed when s/he went to Kibungan to ski and found no ice on the mountain slopes. Read the story by Jane Cadalig here.
Duh! I’m not sure whether to sympathize with that disappointed tourist because if s/he’s not smart enough to know that there’s no snow in the tropics then it is her/his problem. Although in fairness to said tourist, I read somewhere that there’s some kind of ice/snow in one of the highest mountains of Malaysia (or Indonesia).
Hopefully this incident will teach us to stop defining ourselves by comparing ourselves to the West.
But going back to the contest, here’s the info for those who want to help the town officials in their quest for a tagline. Baka ikaw pa ang manalo kaya sali na.
- The contest is open to all individuals regardless of age.
- Contestants are asked to come up with an English tagline and a brief explanation of their entries.
- Submission of entries is from November 1 to 15 at the Municipal Planning and Development Office in Barangay Poblacion, Kibungan.
Too bad, hindi yata puwedeng via email para sali tayong lahat. Samantala, ayon sa blog na ito, ito naman daw ang mga taglines ng mga sumusunod na bayan sa Benguet (Where gardens bloom beneath the heavens):
Mankayan: The bosom of gold and copper in Benguet
Atok: Where vegetables flourish and cacti flowers bloom
Tuba: Cradle of nature’s gift
Sablan: Fruit basket of Benguet
Bokod: The sulfur spring of Benguet
Tublay: Land of the fascinating caves
La Trinidad: Strawberry capital of the Philippines
Itogon: Land of golden opportunities
Kapangan: The cocoon producer of Benguet
Buguias: Vegetable panorama of the north
Bakun: Home of god Kabunian
Kabayan: Home of the centuries-old mummies
Ayon sa aming bubwit, staff daw ng Department of Trade and Industry at saka Department of Tourism ang may gawa niyan. Do they have a cool job or what? I’ll keep my mouth shut baka magalit sa atin ang taga DTI/DOT hehe.