The Kiyangan Village in Ifugao

Kiyangan Village Habian Mungayang Kiangan Ifugao Town Ancient Ibulao River Lagawe Valley Rock Piles Rice Field History Pottery Shards Mythology Ancestor Ohayami Bus Pictures Settlement Population Kiyangan is the location of the first settlement in Ifugao Province. Kiyangan Village is located in Habian, Mungayang, in Kiangan. Kiyangan is an ancient village near the bank of the Ibulao River across the Lagawe Valley. The ancient village of Kiyangan no longer exists, but rockpiles  surrounded by rice fields still stand, physical reminder of the first human settlement of the original ancestors of the Ifugao people. Pottery shards dating back to 900 A.D. can also be seen in the rice paddies. Ifugao mythology accounts Kiyangan as the dwelling place of Wigan and Bugan, the mythological ancestors of the Ifugao when they migrated from Kay-ang.

Kiangan is located 318 kilometers from Manila by land. If travelling direct via the northern highway. However, in order to avoid the traffic along the roads of Bulacan and Nueva Ecija, it is best to drive via the North Luzon Expressway and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, exit to Tarlac City, and drive to La Paz and Zaragoza before finally re-joining the northern highway at Talavera. From there, it is all flat lands before climbing up to the zigzag roads of Dalton Pass before finally descending to Santa Fe in Nueva Vizcaya. Continue driving until Bagabag and head straight to Ifugao. Continue driving to Lamut before finally entering Kiangan. After the view point at Ibulao River, turn left and drive about eight kilometers to the town center. This whole route takes about 345 kilometers from Manila or eight hours of driving.

For those going by public transportation, the Ohayami Bus departs from Sampaloc, Manila every day at around 9:00 pm and arrives in Kiangan the next day at 6:00 pm. Another alternative is to take any bus going to Isabela or Cagayan, alight in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya, then take a jeepney bound for Kiangan.

Kiyangan Village is located around 10 kilometers from the town center. To reach the place, one can take a tricycle to Habiyan, 10 kilometers from the town center and take a short hike to the area. Another route is taking a ride to the Ibulao area, 8 kilometers from Poblacion and take a 1 kilometer hike to Kiyangan.

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