Apo Anno Cave in Benguet

Apo Anno Cave Natubleng Buguias Benguet Kankanaey Hunter Burial Site Location Tomb Mummy Tugtugaka Nabalicong Cuyapon The Apo Anno Cave is the burial place of Kankanaey hunter Apo Anno. The cave is located in Natubleng, Buguias in Benguet. Apo Anno was a Kankanaey hunter, who was a son of Tugtugaka, a chieftain and hunter of Nabalicong, and Cuyapon, who was believed to be a fairy and a guardian of forest animals. As a revered leader of his community, Anno had his body tattooed to indicate his prominent status. Apo Anno’s mummified remains were stolen in 1918, but were returned in 1922. It was not seen again until 1984, when it was displayed at an Antique shop and was taken to the custody of the National Museum. Continue reading

The Kankanay Culture

KankanaeyThe southern Kankanaey are linguistically linked with their northern neighbors, the northern Kankanay. In cultural terms, they comprise a very distinct group. They occupy the area drained by the Amburayan rivers. They are more similar to the Ibaloi to the south, and like them, the Kankanaey are in the province of Benguet in the northwest and the rest in the old Amburayan area in the highlands above northern La Union, southern Ilocos Sur, and the southern sections of Mountain Province. Although many cultural traits are shared with the Ibaloy, the languages of the two are not related since the affinity of Inibaloi is Continue reading