Artists turn Benguet hillside homes into mural

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Baguio City (CNN Philippines) — A cluster of bright-colored houses are sure to delight visitors who will take the Halsema Highway to the strawberry fields of La Trinidad, Benguet.

Located just three kilometers from Baguio’s Central Business District, around 200 hillside homes were painted like parts of a giant mural in the same fashion as the Favela Paintings of Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

The hillside painting, the first of its kind in the country, was unveiled Thursday by Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez.

The community art work called “Colors of Stobosa”, is part of the REV-BLOOM Project of the Cordillera Region’s Department of Tourism. The hillside artwork features a large-scale drawing of a sunflower and abstract designs.

"Stobosa" stands for the three sitios comprising the cluster of houses — Stonehill, Botiwtiw, and Sadjap of Barangay Balili in La Trinidad.

The project was initiated by DOT–Cordillera in cooperation with the local government and a paint brand, which donated 2,800 gallons of environment-friendly paint to make the project possible.

The painting was done by volunteers following the design of giant flowers with petals of different colors that was conceptualized by Tam-Awan Village artists Jordan Mang-osan, Clinton Aniversaryo, Ged Alangui, and Jenny Lorenzo.

Started last February, the project is expected to be completed in August.

The DOT is eyeing similar projects for larger hillside barangays in Baguio City.

CNN Philippines correspondent Isabella Montano contributed to this report.