• Benguet houses were painted with rainbow colors
  • The project was pegged from the multi-colored houses in Brazil
  • It aims to beautify the view for tourists coming in to Benguet

If you’ve visited Benguet, you’re probably familiar with the houses built on the sides of the mountain.

For how long, these houses seemed to be a distracting view of the mountain for tourists traversing the road from Baguio City to La Trinidad’s strawberry farms. But the local Tourism Department found just a way to transform this eyesore to an eye-catching view.

In cooperation with artists from the Tam-awan village, the Cordillera Region’s Department of Tourism (DOT) painted the houses with rainbow hues.

Tagged “Project Bloom” under DOT’s REV BLOOM campaign, the endeavor got the idea from the multi-colored adjacent houses in Brazil called Favela Paintings.

Although the mural now looks enticing, the painting is not yet done as sunflowers still have to be drawn in the art piece.

Project coordinator Gloria Agasen said in an ABS-CBN story: “Ang ginagawa namin ngayon ‘yung outline ng mga buklaklak. ‘Yung paint pa lang kasi ‘yung nagagawa so hindi pa makikita ‘yung design.”

[What we are doing now is the flowers’ outline. We have only finished with the painting so you still can’t see the design.]

According to one of the artists, Jordan Mang-osan, the sunflower design was chosen because it was the most beautiful and easiest to make. Also, the area used to be filled with sunflowers in the past.

Painting over 150 houses is not easy but it becomes less of a chore since residents, volunteers and students from Benguet State University and King’s College in La Trinidad who are enrolled in the National Service Training Program cheap in the project, ABS-CBN also said in its feature.

A little ahead of its 100% completion, the local government aims to finish and unveil the mural before the rainy season kicks in and the start of the new administration on June 30.