Organization - Chanum Foundation Inc., Tam-Awan Village

Chanum Foundation Inc., Tam-Awan Village
Basic Information
English Chanum Foundation Inc., Tam-Awan Village
Local language
Country Philippines
Category General NGO
Domain Oral Traditions and Expressions
Performing Arts
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Knowledge and Practices Concerning Nature and the Universe
Traditional Craftsmanship
Function Research
Education and Training
Established year 1997

Promote community awareness on the intergenerational responsibility of the people to preserve and conserve our patrimony, the environment and our cultural heritage;

  • To promote awareness and respect and sustain various indigenous customs; cultural heritage; and the arts in the Philippines particularly the Cordillera;
  • To demonstrate, research and train farmers on the use of traditional organic farming methods in the Cordillera;
  • Do research and provide for a venue for workshops and seminars on sustainable development and management of the environment consistent with Cordillera’s cultural heritage;
  • To provide access to education and scholarship programs to deserving students specially to members of indigenous cultural communities;
  • Establish; manage, operate, and maintain special interest resorts; demonstration villages; or living museum which will showcase the customary and cultural heritage in the Cordillera.
  • To use the foundation as a catalyst in promoting awareness, respect and pride on our customs, traditional and cultural heritage.

Chanum Foundation manages Tam – Awan Village which stands in a 2.5 hectare property in the City of Baguio.

More than a showcase of indigenous craftsmanship, the foundation envisions the Tam-awan Village as an ideal venue for art and cultural activities aimed to enhance the appreciation of Cordillera life, its culture and its history. This is by raising awareness and appreciation of Cordillera culture, preserving Cordillera heritage and promoting cultural and economic empowerment in the Cordilleras.

During the years when the entire City of Baguio was still grazing land for large herds of cattle, Pinsao, location of the Tam-awan Village was one vast pastureland. A spring beside Tam-awan is the source of a body of water that once served as a watering hole for cattle. Thus, the place became associated with chanum, which in Ibaloi, means water. Adopting the name to symbolize its vision, Chanum Foundation, Inc. views its role to be as nurturing and life-giving as the spring in Tam-awan Village. The Village houses a cafe, 3 galleries, an eco trail, modern and traditional huts, a wishing pond and a performance area.

Major Activities
  • Monthly exhibits showcasing our roster of house artists
  • Outreach activities in Luzon Visayas and Mindanao
  • Annual international arts festival under the NCCA
  • Weekly cultural performances
  • Workshops
  • Sketching session

Preserving the traditional huts we have in our possession

  • Luccong (Upper Class Kalinga hut) (circa 1923), which includes The Binayon (Finaryon) or The Traditional Octagonal House and The Dap- Ay (Stone-Paved Gathering Place) and The Ato;
  • Nagor (Ifugao Hut) The Ifugao House (circa 1942);
  • Bugnay (Middle Class Kalinga Hut) (circa1921);
  • Kinakin (Ifugao Hut)(circa 1967);
  • An Ifugao Tale on the Origin of the Mountains – Dukligan (Ifugao Hut)(circa 1937;
  • Anaba (Ifugao House)(circa1898);

The Village has expanded to become a venue for art exhibits and workshops envisioned to foster a deeper understanding, respect and pride in the cultural heritage of the Cordillera people. Aside from that, guests get an opportunity to immerse in an atmosphere that allows them to get a glimpse of village life as they are allowed to stay in the huts. Thus, the village is an experience by itself (, 2013).

The Tam-awan Village began with the reconstruct of Ifugao houses in Baguio with the view of making a model village accessible to people who have not had the chance to travel to the Cordillera interior. Building on the land near an abundant spring, the foundation started out with three knocked-down huts transported from Bang-an, Ifugao. Using the original materials and adding only new cogon roofs, traditional artisans reconstructed the houses and laid them out resembling the design of a traditional Cordillera Village. (, 2013)

Contact Information (Organization)
Address 366 C Pinsao Proper Baguio City 2600
Tel +63 74 446 2949
Fax +63 74 442 5553

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