The Bontoc Village Museum

Bontoc Village Museum Mountain Province Guinaang Road Igorot House Architecture Collection Building Catholic Sisters Convent Saint Vincent Elementary School Basil Gekiere Hours Culture Display History The Bontoc Village Museum is located on Guinaang Road in Bontoc, in the Mountain Province. With architecture resembling a traditional Igorot house, the Bontoc Museum is located on the grounds of the Catholic Sister’s Convent and Saint Vincent’s Elementary School. Sister Basil Gekiere, ICM, founded the museum. The museum features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot’s way of life. Beside the museum building is a model of traditional Bontoc village, which highlights some of the various aspects of the Bontoc material culture. The Bontoc Museum is open daily, from 8:00am until 5:00pm. Admission is P60 per person. Continue reading

The Abra River

Abra River Mountain Province Ilocos Sur Length Kilometers Lagang Ilang Malaya Range South China Sea Vigan Depth Swimming Size Distance Water Overflow Stream Fishing Cities Farm Valley History Info The Abra River is the major artery and source of life for the people that live in Abra Province. This is the biggest, longest and most popular river among the numerous rivers criss-crossing the valleys of the province. The Abra River runs from high in the mountains through lowland farms and into the China Sea, and through several provinces. two provinces, including the Mountain Province, Abra Province and Ilocos Sur. The Abra River flows northward for more than 90 kilometers. At Lagang-ilang, the river bends to the west, breaks through the granite wall of the Malaya Range and empties itself into the South China Sea (south of Vigan). For many generations, communities along the Abra River made their living from farming, fishing, handicrafts, and small-scale mining of gold and copper. In recent years, large corporations have begun mining the area’s gold, Continue reading

Alab Petroglyphs in Bontoc

Alab Petroglyphs Bontoc Mountain Province Carvings Boulders Chico River National Culture Treasure Stone Halsema Highway Village The Alab Petroglyphs are a set of carvings on boulders found in Bontoc, Mountain Province, that depict the people’s ancient way of life. The Alab Petroglyphs is located across the Chico River, a short distance upstream from Bontoc. It was declared a national cultural treasure in 1975. The Alab Petroglyphs are over 3,000 years old. The stones are inscribed with bows and arrows believed to tell the ancient fertility rites of the Cordillera natives. Barangay Alab is located 9 kilometers south of Bontoc on the Halsema Highway. The petroglyphs are a three hour climb above the village and past burial caves. Continue reading

Mount Clitoris in Tadian

Mount Clitoris Tadian Mountain Province Mogao Mugaw Canonical Shaped Hill Rice Terraces Height Elevation Location VolcanoMount Clitoris, formerly known as Mount Mogao or Mount Mugaw, is located in Tadian, Mountain Province. Mount Clitoris is a canonical shaped mountain and stands proudly over three villages and its surrounding rice terraces. It is believed to be a dormant volcano. It is considered as sacred and appears serene and solemn at dusk or dawn.

Rizal Memorial Plaza in Bontoc Mountain Province

Rizal Memorial Plaza Bontoc Mountain Province Doctor Jose Capital Town Monument Location Construction History Info MarkerThe Rizal Memorial Plaza is located in Bontoc in the Mountain Province. Found at the heart of the capital town, the statue of Dr. Jose Rizal stands towering the plaza, which serves as a good respite and also as a playground and meeting venue for programs and other gatherings.

Mount Binaratan in Kalinga

Mount Binaratan Dacalan Kalinga Silent Tanudan River Mountain Province Jungle General Aguinaldo Hiking Camping Trekking LocationMount Binaratan is located in Dacalan. Dubbed as the silent Mountain, it was the entry point of General Aguinaldo during his retreat to Kalinga when he tried to escape from the American forces during World War II. It is near the Tanudan River, between the boundary of Mountain Province and Kalinga. The summit offers a breathtaking view of the province. The environment is very calm and peaceful, and it is comprised of dense, mossy jungles. You can spot different kinds of fauna like wild boars, deer, and blood leeches, locally called “limatik”. Mount Binaratan has an elevation of 1,800 meters. The activities for tourists involve: Trekking, Camping, Photoshoot, and swimming. Mt. Binaratan according to legend, is the hunting ground of kabunyan “The Kalinga God”, Once upon a time when Kabunyan is hunting at Mt. Binaratan, the birds are too noisy that Continue reading

Ominio Rice

BarligThe Ominio variety is a medium grain, glutinous variety belonging to the rice genus Orysa sativa and to the race tropical japonica, also known as javanica. In the local Finallig language of the municipality of Barlig, Mountain Province, it is called Ominio. This variety is found throughout the province of Mountain Province and in adjacent Ifugao Province. In the municipality of Tadian, it is called ‘Balatinao’, while in Sadanga it is called ‘Kotinao’. In the Cordillera regional language of Ilocano, the broad linguistic term for glutinous/sticky rice is ‘diket’. In Mountain Province, ‘Chekat’ is their broad linguistic term for the glutinous rice. In the Ifugao language, it is ‘daya’ot/dayakkot’ and in Kalinga it is 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

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

Mountain Province

Mountain ProvinceThe Mountain Province is known as the “Weaver’s Paradise” due to the presence of various weaving centers sporting different designs that bespeak of the province’s cultural heritage. This was a province that practiced the traditional parliamentary & participatory form of governance as evidenced by the presence of the Dap-ay/Ato, a traditional form of governance led by the respected elders in the community. Mountain Province is found in the central part of the Cordillera mountain ranges in north Luzon of the Philippines. It is bounded by Isabela on the east; the provinces of Kalinga, Apayao, and Abra on the north; the provinces of Continue reading