The Highest Point in the Philippine Highway System

Last all souls day my father , sister and I went on a road trip to Atok for a family event. The last time I visited the place was 5 years ago, it was  a summer  but  was surprised that the weather was chilly and in the afternoon we experienced a hailstorm. I was just wearing a tee-shirt so everyone was laughing at me, ow well lesson learned.

Atok benguet road trip
Breath taking view

Atok is centrally located in the heart of the province of Benguet. It is bounded by the municipality of Kibungan and Buguias on the north, the municipalities of the Kabayan and Bokod on the east, the municipality of Kapangan on the west and the municipality of Tublay on the south. (source Wikipedia). Being located in the highlands the weather is cooler having a subtropical climate. Temperatures can drop a to below 0 degrees centigrade during the months of December to early February. This can bring huge problems to farmers since vegetables can’t tolerate the low temperatures.

Half Tunnel – located along the Halsema Highway at Km. 57, Bonglo, Paoay. This is a man-made half tunnel of solid rock constructed in the early 1960’s, by a joint team of DPWH and Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company. It measures about 50 meters in length. (http://www.pinas.ph)

One of the town’s tourist  attraction  is the highest point of the Philippine highway system. It has an elevation of 7,400 ft. above mean sea level. From La Trinidad we reached the place by car via the Halsema highway, it took as approximately 3 hours to reach the area.  Along the way you can also view the breath-taking scenery of the mountains and you will also pass  a half tunnel. Yes  you heard it right it’s literally a half tunnel , during the 60’s they chipped away portion of a solid rock to form the half tunnel .

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