BAGUIO CITY: The municipal government of Tublay, Benguet has opened Ovek Cave as a new tourist destination. Municipal tourism officer Ricky Moresto said the cave is located just below the Betwag Cooperative Store in Sitiu Betwag , Ambongdolan, Tublay. It is approximately 45 minutes ride from the Tublay municipal hall. Within sitio Betwag, explorers are expected to walk around 5 to 10 minutes from the parking area to the site. Ovek is an Ibaloy term meaning “deep hole”. It characterizes the physical set-up of the entrance in the cave. Explorers have enter a deep hole to witness the beautiful stalagmites and stalactites in different rock formations. There are also other endemic plants located within the site such as the locally termed “bangkalan” , “calutit”, “bisudac” and others. He said visitors who want to explore the cave should coordinate with the tourism office to assist them for their safety and security as well of the organisms that are endemic in the site. Moresto said Tublay is eyed as a premier countryside tourism destination for its natural beauty of caves, forests and spacious areas for organic agriculture and rich diverse cultural heritage. Though a small and agricultural municipality, it is endowed with bountiful and breathtaking sceneries.


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