While it is renowned heritage site, Argao is also a culinary destination. The local delicacies are all made with timeless, traditional methods. Argao’s most famous specialty is torta, which is a cupcake-like pastry that gets its unique flavor from tuba, a local coconut wine. Encounter other native foods, and engage with the traditional methods of how they are made in this historic town.
The spirit of volunteerism in Argao’s young guides takes inspiration from the “Heritage Appreciation” course of the Integrated Children Development Program (ICDP). All three of the town’s featured guides have taken an intensive course in cultural interpretation.
Since 2014, Rumaguera has been a volunteer guide of the Cabecera de Argao tour and the Suroy-Suroy Sugbo. She is an active member of Argao Youth for Heritage Society. She also joined the Integrated Children Development Program (ICDP); in the course “Heritage Appreciation,” they are taught the history of Argao and the essentials of tour guiding.
Novem Lao is a grade 10 student in Argao National High School, the youngest among the three best guides of the Cabecera de Argao tour. He started volunteering as a guide last 2014. He also enrolled in “Heritage Appreciation” for his summer class at ICDP. The money he earns as a guide also helps in his school needs.
Cojetia has been a volunteer tour guide for three years now. Back in 2013, she joined the Integrated Children Development Program (ICDP), a program offered to the children of Argao during summer; they enrolled in ICDP’s summer class in “Heritage Appreciation.” From the course, Cojetia learned the history of Argao and proper tour guiding.
Basic Outdoor Essentials
Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, and to avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Lack of water is harmful to your body. Drink at least 8 glasses or more every day. Invest on reusable and BPA safe water bottles.
During the summer, we are always exposed to bright light from the sun rays, Non-polarized sunglasses have 100% UV protective coating that can properly protect your eyes.
Non-Toxic, Reef Friendly Sunscreen
Use a non-toxic, reef-friendly sunscreen lotion, of at least SPF 30, in order to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and to protect the environment from further exposure to harmful pollutants. Mandatory reapply when staying out in the sun for a long period of time.
Make yourself unattractive to insects. Enjoy the outdoors by guarding your skin against them by wearing insect repellant lotions and/or badges.
First Aid Kit
Dust off your old first aid kit and update it with things you need. Include small doses of over-the-counter medications, such as pain relievers, and medications for allergy, asthma, and motion sickness. Keep the kit away from direct sunlight.
Loose - Fitting Garments
Wearing loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing could help you keep cool in the heat. Avoid dark colors as they absorb the sun's rays.
Argao Tourism Office
Telephone #: (032) 485-8063