Mabilong Weavers Village in Kalinga

Mabilong Weavers Village Lubuagan Kalinga Cordillera Ethnic Industry Buteg Wood Bar Fiber Sagut Cotton Balls Upland Farm Kaingin Isut Tree Herb Design Pattern Product Community Price Location Clothing The Mabilong Weavers Village is located in Lubuagan, in Kalinga Province. The Mabilong Weavers Village is the center of the ethnic weaving industry in the province. Mabilong Weaving is passed on from oral tradition, and began from wood bar fibers called Buteg, which was extracted by beating and drying its fibers. It is developed with the production of Sag-ut, native cotton balls planted on upland farms called kaingin, and naturally grown Isut trees, and herbs for dyes brought about the making of the first original traditional Kalinga weaving designs and patterns. The Kalinga weaving communities have evolved from these origins and their individual contributions serve as their traditional weaving identity. The Mabilong Weavers Village is located along the road where one can buy souvenirs right from the weavers. Continue reading

Native Black Pig of the Cordilleras

Cordillera Native Black PigThe Cordillera Native Black pig is black in color and usually weighs an average of 85 kg. It has small ears and lean meat with a thin layer of fat. The pigs are raised in a semi-wild system. Instead of keeping it in pigpen, the native pig is free roam around within a fenced area. The pigs are fed twice a day with chopped camote and gabi leaves mixed with rice bran. The breed is said to be resistant to foot and mouth disease, or at least to suffer lesser effects than other breeds.  The Native Black pig is usually slaughtered during the caňao, a celebration in which animals are offered in thanksgiving, usually for success economically. Locals say that this breed is taster than commercially imported breeds. Meat from the pig is usually preserved in one of three Continue reading

Kalinga Province

Kalinga ProvinceKalinga is a landlocked province of the Philippines located in the Cordillera Administrative region in Luzon. It is bounded by the provinces of Cagayan and Apayao in the north, Mt. Province in the south, and Abra in the West. The greater sections of Cagayan and Isabela are found on its eastern part. The province consists of 1 city and 7 municipalities. Tabuk is the provincial capital which was proclaimed as a component city in 2007. But in November 2008, the Supreme Court of the Philippines ruled that its cityhood was unconstitutional. However, Tabuk had its city status reinstated by the Supreme Court on December 22, 2009. Continue reading

Rice Terraces of the Cordilleras in Ifugao

Banaue Rice TerracesThe steep mountainous terrain of northern Luzon was not an impediment for the Ifugao people who settled there millennia ago. From the heavily forested slopes, they carved out multileveled terraces for rice cultivation and dug an ingenious network of irrigation channels from forest water sources. These expertly rendered “structures” of agricultural engineering continue to function, producing rice for personal subsistence rather than commercial sale. But natural and man-made factors now threaten the existence of this living cultural landscape. For many Ifugao people, the traditional rice terraces no longer satisfy their economic or culinary needs. Continue reading

Kabayan Mummy Burial Caves

Kabayan Mummy Burial CavesKabayan is one of the Municipality of Benguet Province in the Cordillera Mountain Ranges of northern Luzon. The municipality is recognized as a center of Ibaloi Culture. The Ibaloi, the dominant ethno-linguistic group, of Kabayan have a long traditional practice of mummifying their dead. Mummification began prior to the Spanish colonization. Individuals from the higher societal stratum of the Ibaloi of Kabayan used to be mummified through a long ritual process over a long period of time. Continue reading

Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao

Ifugao Rice Terraces PhilippinesAmong the world heritage sites in the Philippines, the Rice Terraces of the Philippines Cordilleras have such a powerful presence that makes them one of the most outstanding places in the country. Lying high in the Cordillera mountain range, their setting cannot be replicated anywhere in the lowland tropical landscape of the Philippines – or even anywhere in the world, for that matter.

High in the remote areas of the Philippine Cordillera mountain range, scholars believe, slopes have been terraced and planted with rice as far back as 2,000 years. Mountains terraced into paddies that still survive in varying Continue reading