Tourists often visit the town of La Trinidad in Benguet to see the strawberry and flower farms and buy fresh vegetables. But now, there is another reason to make the trip from Baguio City.
On June 23, the STOBOSA Hillside Homes Artwork was unveiled. It is the first and largest community artwork in the Philippines.
The project is a component of the Department of Tourism-Cordillera Administrative Region’s Rev-Bloom (Rev-Up, Revive, Revisit, Revitalize) Urban Redevelopment Tourism project supported by Davies Paints.
WHAT IS STOBOSA?
STOBOSA stands for Stonehill, Botiwtiw and Sadjap—the three sitios on which the artwork now stands. The project was inspired by the Favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The 200 houses that line the stone hill on Km. 3, La Trinidad previously formed something akin to a confusing wall overlooking the Balili River. It has now been transformed into an 18,000-sqm. collective canvas that’s brilliantly painted by 520 residents and volunteers (The endeavor commenced in January 2016.). This is a testament to the bayanihan spirit still alive among Filipinos.
|Davies Paints team Davies Paints/Clinton Aniversario|
Davies Paints, the country’s number one paint exporter and number one in colors, provided environment-friendly paints as part of its advocacy to beautify the Philippines, give back to communities and bring color into people’s lives.
The local government of La Trinidad provided paintbrushes and rollers and built scaffolding. Tam-awan artists, led by Jordan Mang-osan, designed the connective landscape. The residents and volunteers executed the artwork beautifully, motivated by community spirit.
The STOBOSA community has pledged to make the project sustainable by touching up the artwork as necessary. Working together has also inspired representatives of the households—mostly women—to undertake other efforts to beautify their area by keeping it clean and infusing life by planting greens.
A few fun facts about the project:
The art project transformed three sitios of Barangay Balili in La Trinidad. These are Stone Hill, Botiwtiw, and Sadjap.
As of writing, 180 houses have all been painted just in time for the unveiling activity.
The giant mural was finished in 80 days since it started on January 18. The sessions included painting training.
2,800 gallons of paints
It took 1,000 gallons of primer paints and 500 gallons of colored paints to design StoBoSa Hillside Homes. They will be needing 1,300 gallons more to complete the project. Davies Paints provided all these for free.
520 people worked together
The residents of the three villages, local artists, and members of volunteer groups—all 520 of them—put together their hands to make one giant work of art.
ATTRACTIONS TO SEE IN MANILA
Six volunteer organizations
Aside from the residents, six groups participated in painting the huge mural. These include the Benguet chapter of the Boy Scout of the Philippines, NSTP students from Baguio State University, NSTP students from King's College of the Philippines, Baguio-Benguet Photographers, Hikers,and Artists Club, Botiwtiw Women's Brigade and Organization, and police trainees from the Philippine National Police in the Cordillera Administrative Region.
HOW TO GET TO VALLEY OF COLORS
If you are going to commute via jeepney, you must get to La Trinidad Jeepney Terminal in Baguio City. Take the jeepney which will pass by the "Valley of Colors" located at the right side of the road. You will not miss it, as it is just a few meters away from the La Trinidad welcome arch.
For those who are bringing own vehicle, you may follow directions from Google Maps or Waze. However, parking near StoBoSa hillside is difficult.
OTHER TOURIST ATTRACTIONS NEAR STOBOSA
Here are other tourist destination to visit in La Trinidad, Benguet:
I have also written 20+ Baguio Tourist Spots and Attractions to Visit + Best Activities to Do. Read my COMPLETE BAGUIO TRAVEL GUIDE to know more about Baguio City.
WHERE TO STAY IN LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET
Here's a list of homestay and hostels in La Trinidad, Benguet:
You may also check Top10 hotels in Baguio on our separate blog.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Valley of Colors StoBoSa
- What is StoBoSa Baguio?
"Stobosa" is a portmanteau of the names of the sitios the artwork is situated namely Stonehill, Botiwtiw, and Sadjap. The three localities are all within Barangay Balili.
- How do you get to Valley of Colors in Baguio?
By Jeepney: Get to La Trinidad Jeepney Terminal in Baguio City. Take the jeepney which will pass by the "Valley of Colors" located at the right side of the road. You will not miss it, as it is just a few meters away from the La Trinidad welcome arch.
- What are Valley colors?
It is a massive canvas made from houses on a hillside in Benguet; an attractive project made by Department of Tourism – CAR, in cooperation with the residents and artists of Tam-Awan Village
- Why is La Trinidad called the Valley of Colors?
The Valley of Colors is composed of three villages transformed from drab sights to a tourist attraction. These include the Stone Hill, Sadjap, and Batiwtiw. Since the project started in January of last year, over 180 houses were painted in bright colors and thus created a giant mural.
- Is there an entrance fee to Valley of Colors?
No entrance fee.
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