Update on Sitio La Presa Closure
Mount Cabuyao / Mount Sto.Tomas is now Closed to Tourists, read more about this story
Update on Sitio La Presa Baguio Benguet
Those going to Sitio La Presa have to prepare to pay 25 pesos for an Environmental Fee, we also have noticed that some Taxi drivers have increased their rates to bring you to Sitio La Presa which is around 40 minutes away from the Baguio City Central Business District. The taxi fare would range from 800-1000 pesos which already includes bringing you to La Presa and taking you back to Baguio City with one hour or more waiting time onsite.
Finding Sitio La Presa
If we are to go to the actual Sitio La Presa in Baguio City as shown in the “teleserye” Forevermore then we would not definitely find it, why? because this doesn’t exist, there is no Sitio La Presa in Baguio City. Now if we are to specify that we want to go to Sitio La Presa in Baguio City as seen in the “teleserye” Forevermore we will again not find it, because the actual shoot location for this is not in Baguio City but in the municipality of Tuba in the province of Benguet and actually called Sitio Pungayan. The reason why people think this is in Baguio is because Sitio Pungayan is located at the top of Mount Kabuyao where the entry point going up to the mountain is via Marcos Highway (Ben Palispis Highway) in Baguio City.
Travel To Sitio La Presa
Sitio La Presa or the actual name Sitio Pungayan is located at the top of Mount Kabuyao, there are several ways to go up Mt. Kabuyao which is made easier as compared years ago since there is a concrete road going up the mountain. To go up Mount Kabuyao here are several ways:
1. Hike – walking is a good exercise, of course hiking up mount Kabuyao is going to be a challenge if you are not fit enough. Just follow the Santo Tomas Road and you should be able to make your way to the top of Mount Kabuyao. Again make sure you are fit to do this as the elevation really high. If you feel you want to hike up Mount Kabuyao make sure you bring your water and take lots of rest as you make your ascend.
2. Private Vehicle – if you have your own vehicle then climbing the mountain is a breeze, on a normal day the estimated travel time from the Central Business district to the top of Mount Kabuyao where Sitio La Presa is located is about 45 minutes however due to the popularity of the place lots of vehicles are going up the mountain so as expected traffic is going to be a factor in increasing the travel time. When going up the mountain in your private vehicle make sure that you check your vehicles breaks, tires and basically everything to make sure that your travel is going to be smooth and trouble free, you do not want your vehicle to bog down at the top of the mountain or while you’re en route to “Sitio La Presa” there is no auto repair shop nearby.
3. Ride A Taxi – you can hail a taxi but you have to be prepared to either walk down the mountain or wait for a long time for a public vehicle that will bring you down Mount Kabuyao. If you do not want any of those two options going down the mountain you can ask the taxi driver to wait for you but for this you have to pay P350 going up the mountain and another P350 going down, this info we got from asking taxi drivers on how much they charge going to sitio la presa.
4. Ride A Jeepney – the information we have about the public jeepney was before there was a sitio la presa, from what we know there are two schedules of Jeepney transportation, one in the morning going down the mountain to carry residents down the mountain, and one in the afternoon to bring residents back to their community up Mount Kabuyao.
Where is Sitio La Presa Exactly
Now that you know that Sitio La Presa is actually Sitio Pungayan located at Mount Kabuyao, where exactly is this place where they shot the “teleserye” forevermore? Following the Santo Tomas Road the actual location is several meters away beyond the Radar Station. Just keep following the concrete road until you see a small store made of galvanized roofing, there is a dirt road beside it, at this point you have to find a parking area for your vehicle since you have to walk going to the actual location of Sitio La Presa and the house portrayed as “agnes'” home. It is going to be a long walk but it’s easier going to the location rather than going back because the road is very steep and the climb is going to be a challenge.
Map Going to Sitio La Presa
From the Baguio Central Business district there are several roads leading to Sitio La Presa, you only have to make your way to Marcos Highway/Ben Palispis Highway, the map that we provided here is from Session Road to Marcos Highway then to Santo Tomas Road.
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