“Itogonia” means “trail runners paradise”, a term coined by Baguio-based athletes who want to share their playground to each visitor of Itogon, Benguet. Itogonia Mountain Marathon aims to promote athlete-development & environmental stewardship. IMM2019 is an awareness campaign that urges for the protection of Itogon trails and mountains through the sport of trail-running.
Ave Maria Shrine
Ave Maria is a grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary constructeda long the Saddle of Mounts Cotcot and Bidawan. A foreign missionary priest moved for its construction within the trail linking barangays Dalupirip and Poblacion in June 20, 1959. However, its destruction was attributed to some unscrupulous individuals. It is actually an attraction to Marian devotees and it is being pushed in order to become a Pilgrimage Site of the barangay.
– Source, Liza Diase
Mt. Bidawan is a pine forested historical mountain with an elevation of 1240 masl situated within the boundaries of barangays Poblacion, Tinongdan , and Dalupirip in the municipality of Itogon. It used to be the trail of the locals and missionaries who used to cross the boundaries of these barangays long before the opening of the road networks. It was also the trail of the Filipino, American, and Japanese soldiers during the war. Mt. Bidawan was declared by the municipality as a wildlife sanctuary because of the presence of wild animals. – Source, itogon.gov.ph