The Etapuan and Manenchen Settlement Sites

Etapuan Manenchen Early Settlement Sites Kabayan Benguet tribe location history inhabitant residence remnants settlers ancestors land farm province house structure evidence road layout map attraction The Etapuan and Manenchen early settlement sites are located in Kabayan in Benguet Province. Known as the early settlement of the first inhabitants of the place, it is claimed that remnants of the early settlers are still visible. Old folks also claimed that Manenchen was massacre site during the WW II hence tagged as “killing fields”. Research iS needed to validate and document these stories.Benguet Province. The Etapuan and Manenchen early settlement sites are a potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Kabayan. Kabayan is 355 kilometers north of Manila. From Baguio City, Kabayan is 85 kilometers northeast travelling through the Baguio-Ambuclao-Bokod-Kabayan Road. Taking the Halsema Highway, then following the Abatan-Buguias-Kabayan Road, the town can be reached after covering a distance of 118 kilometers. Continue reading

Kabayan Museum in Benguet

Kabayan Museum in Kabayan BenguetThe Kabayan Museum is located in Kabayan in Benguet Province. The Kabayan Museum was established to protect and care the Kabayan Mummy Caves in the province. Mummy Caves are one of the country’s national cultural treasures. It is a burial caves that holds mummies sited in Kabayan especially in the Timbac Caves. The building is placed in a lot donated by citizens who value the culture of the Ibaloi and the Kankanaey. It is a one-story building and a basement builds in a 500-sq. meter lot in 1989. Also kept here are ethnographical, ecological and geological collections including artifacts and other relics of the Kabayan Mummies. The Kabayan Museum provides the visitor a better understanding of the culture and traditions of the natives of the place. Kabayan is located on the eastern part of Benguet Province. Kabayan Continue reading

The Manhumang Talking Stone in Kabayan

Manhumang Talking Stone Kabayan Benguet History Boulder Rock Attraction Mythology Echo Sound Folklore Legend Story Description Location Hiking Trail Pictures Visit Tour Guide Size Trekking Climb Info The Manhumang Talking Stone is located in Kabayan in Benguet Province. People in Kabayan call it the Manhumang Talking Stone because the stone echoes sounds around it. The Manhumang Talking Stone is a potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Kabayan. Kabayan is 355 kilometers north of Manila. From Baguio City, Kabayan is 85 kilometers northeast travelling through the Baguio-Ambuclao-Bokod-Kabayan Road. Taking the Halsema Highway, then following the Abatan-Buguias-Kabayan Road, the town can be reached after covering a distance of 118 kilometers. Continue reading

The Besang Footprints in Kabayan

Besang Footprints Kabayan Benguet Boulder Rock Print Legend Myth Folklore Foot Artwork Location Province Barangay Stone Size Shape Description Feet Aswang Hiking Trail History Description Discovery The Besang Footprints are located in Kabayan in Benguet Province. The legend says that a giant named Besang left his footprint on the big rocks. Similar footprints are found in the other municipalities suggesting that Besang passed through the place. The Besang Prints are a a potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Kabayan. From Baguio City, Kabayan is 85 kilometers northeast travelling through the Baguio-Ambuclao-Bokod-Kabayan Road. Taking the Halsema Highway, then following the Abatan-Buguias-Kabayan Road, the town can be reached after covering a distance of 118 kilometers. Continue reading

Tinongchol Burial Rock in Kabayan Benguet

Tinongchol Burial Rock Kabayan Benguet Ibaloi Tomb Location Boulder Cemetery Stone Coffin History Discovery Mummy AncestorsThe Tinongchol Burial Rock is located three kilometers northwest of Kabayan, and is the location of several coffins have been leveraged into cut holes in a boulder. This burial rock almost as big as a regular three-storey building houses centuries old mummies, the remains of Ibaloi ancestors. This came about through the labor of people during the olden times that bore hold on the solid boulders where they interred their dead. While the Egyptians had to wrap their ancestors in cloth and preservatives, Benguet’s baknangs were preserved in their naked glory. It’s a one-hour walk along a footpath that starts behind Kabayan’s national museum through stunning mountain scenery. After crossing the river, ascend the paved road; the Rock is signposted off to your left. Either get the gate key from the barangay captain or stop by Continue reading

Opdas Cave in Kabayan

The Opdas Cave Kabayan Benguet Burial Skulls Bones Catacomb Tomb Ibaloi Tribe History Location Skeleton Mass DeathOpdas Cave is a mass burial site located in Kabayan in Benguet Province. Considered as one of the biggest burials caves in the municipality, it has 200 skulls and bones neatly piled on ledges reminiscent of the catacombs of Rome. Thousands of skeletal fragments can be seen on the floor. Unearthed in 1971, the mass burial cave of the Ibaloi tribe has about 200 human skulls and skeletons, which have been carbon dated to be from 500 to 1,000 years old. Little is known about the origins of the burial, but some theories suggest the deceased suffered from a smallpox epidemic brought by the Spanish or were entombed en mass because of their low social status. The Opdas Cave is located about 300 meters from the municipal building. 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

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

Mount Pulag

Mount PulagMount Pulag (or sometimes Mount Pulog) is the third highest mountain in the Philippines. It is Luzon’s highest peak at 2,922 meters above sea level. The borders between the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya meet at the mountain’s peak. Continue reading