Bokiawan Village in Ifugao

Bokiawan Village Ifugao Province Town Rice Terrace Location History Population Culture Tribe Shopping Directions Description Products Pictures Road Avenue Bus Transportation People Mayor Building The Bokiawan Village is located 12 kilometers from Banaue in Ifugao Province. The Bokiawan Village is located at the center of the Bokiawan rice terraces, where traditional Ifugao practices of land use and livelihood still exist. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

General Yamashita Surrender Site in Ifugao

General Tomoyuki Yamashita Surrender Site Nabulaguian Hill House Ifugao World War Home Economics Building Kiangan Central School American Forces Camp John Hay Military Japanese Tribunal Death Date General Tomoyuki Yamashita of the Japanese Imperial Army in the Philippines surrendered on September 2nd 1945 in the entrenched Nabulaguian Hill of Kiangan, Ifugao. General Yamashita and his remaining forces were holed up before eventually yielding to the Allied forces following almost a month of bombardment.His surrender signaled the end of World War II. He surrendered at the Home Economics building of the Kiangan Central School. After an overnight stay in Kiangan with his remaining battle-weary forces, Yamashita was brought on Sept. 3, 1945 by helicopter to Baguio City, where he formally signed surrender documents before American forces at Camp John Hay.  Yamashita, 60, was sentenced to death for war crimes in December 1945 by an American military tribunal in Manila. He was Continue reading

Ifugao Museum in Kiangan

Ifugao Museum Kiangan Artifacts Philippine Veterans Administration Office Shrine Collection Display PVAO Compound War Memorial Shrine Ifugao Museum is located in Kiangan, Ifugao Province. This museum showcases priceless Ifugao artifacts and ancient traditions. It stands on the historic PVAO compound facing the war memorial shrine. A highlight of the museum is the stone hagabi or bench made by Owen Tomlinson, the first American Military Governor of Ifugao. It is displayed in front of the Ifugao Museum. Kiangan Museum was previously administered by PANAMIN until it was officially turned-over to the National Museum on May 30, 1984. The museum is a two-story concrete building that stands on the historic Philippine Veterans Administration Office (PVAO) compound facing the War Memorial Shrine. The shrine symbolizes the victory of the Allied Forces against the Japanese invasion forces during World War II. The people of Kiangan still practice the Hudhud chant, a 40-episode epic that Continue reading

Million Dollar Hill in Kiangan

Million Dollar Hill Kiangan Ifugao Province General Tomoyuki Yamashita World War Ammunition Bombs Wangwang Mountain Million Dollar Hill overlooks the city of Kiangan in Ifugao Province. It got its name during World War II when the United States government spent millions of dollars worth of bombs and ammunition to annihilate the enemies in the area. The Million Dollar Hill was pulverized by American shells and bombs during the Battle of Liberation in 1945 in the effort to pound the well-entrenched Japanese forces guarding the rear of General Tomoyuki Yamashita, the Supreme Commander of the Japanese Imperial Army in the Philippines. General Yamashita retreated to the mountains of Wangwang, Tinoc, specifically at Mount Nabigiyan. On Million Dollar Hill’s eastern and western slopes the Japanese dug foxholes and tunnels. Continue reading

Bintakan Cave in Lagawe Ifugao

Bintakan Cave Lagawe River Ifugao Province Entrance Size Depth Entrance Stalactite Length Stalagmite Location Slope HikingThe Bintakan Cave is located in Lagawe, Ifugao Province. It is located at the rocky slope of Ibulao, which is about 2 kilometers from the provincial capitol. The mouth of the cave is overlooking the Ibulao River. It is a three-room cave with dripping water that forms stalactites and stalagmites of different beautiful shapes. It can be reached by tricycle ride and 20-minute ascent to the mouth of the cave.

Kiangan War Memorial Shrine in Ifugao

Kiangan War Memorial Shrine Ifugao Linda World War II House History Construction Japanese American Troops BattleThe Kiangan War Memorial Shrine is located at Linda, Kiangan, Ifugao Province. This Philippine war memorial shrine was erected in 1974 to commemorate the end of World War II in the Philippines, and fittingly in the place where the last battles of the war were fought. The monument is a concrete pyramid type structure, which resembles an oversized Ifugao native house. The structure depicts historical events from Filipino opposition, to the Death March and the role of the Ifugao and American troops in the defeat of General Yamashita. It could be used as a viewpoint of the Poblacion, other neighboring barangays and the capital town of Lagawe. The shrine is 10 kilometers away, or a 15 minute drive from the capital town.  Continue reading

Natubleng Vegetable Terraces in Buguias

Natubleng Vegetable Terraces BuguiasThe Natubleng Vegetable Terraces is a beautiful terraced mountainside planted with cabbage, Baguio beans, carrots, and more. Motorists passing through the Halsema Mountain Highway notice this attraction because of its neat rows and upright trellises. Located at the heart of Barangay Natubleng, it is a scenic view seen from an elevated site along the Halsema Highway. It shows an illustration of the ingenuity of the Igorots’ way of farming in the uplands. It is spectacular view of the vegetable gardens in the Loo valley, Baculongan Sur and North and Anlimay including the mountain ranges toward Ifugao and the great Mt. Pulag. Viewing site can actually be anywhere along Halsema Highway within Buyacaoan and Continue reading

Imbuucan Rice

Imbu-an Rice TingluTinawon’, coming from the regional language Ilokano and literally meaning ‘once a year’, is the broad linguistic term and common name used for this medium grain staple rice. The specific variety of this nomination is called ‘Imbuucan’ in the Tawili language of the municipalities of Banaue and Hingyon, Ifugao Province. The municipality of Hingyon and the adjacent valleys that are located in the municipality of Banaue are the main production areas for the exported rice. The municipality of Hingyon was divided off from the municipality of Banaue in 1982, but historically, the people are of the same enthno-linguistic group. Based on morphology, ‘imbuucan’ belongs to the rice genus and species Oryza sativa, subspecies tropical japonica (also known as javanica.) It is a slow growing staple variety that requires a 6-month growth period from transplanting to harvest. It is planted from December through Continue reading

Chong-ak Rice

Chong-ak RiceThe Chong-ak variety (species: Oryza sativa, subspecies: tropical japonica, also known as javanica) in the local Kalinga language is called ‘Unoy’ or ‘Uloy’, the broad linguistic term for this type of medium grain staple rice. In the province of Ifugao (local languages Ifugao and regional language Ilokano) the broad linguistic term for the subspecies tropical japonica is ‘Tinawon’, meaning ‘once a year’. The specific variety of this nomination is called ‘chong-ak’ in the Kalinga language of the municipality of Pasil, Kalinga. Pasil and the adjacent valleys located in the municipality of Lubuagan are the main production areas for the exported rice, but this variety is found throughout the three-province project area. The local name varies among Continue reading