Bontoc Mountain Province

Before this trip the only thing I can associate about Bontoc is the bus accident that killed comedian, Tado and 14 other people in February 2014. It is sad when people can only remember a place because of an ugly occurence so I am happy that I was able to go to the Mountain Province and discover the interesting things that Bontoc has to offer.


Bontoc is the capital of Mountain Province. It is a second class municipality known for their Lang-ay Festival, a celebration that involves street dances, theatrical performance, trade fair, and sports competition.

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Bontoc is also known as the home to the Bontoc Tribe, a group of indigenous people who were always involved in tribal wars. But what made this group feared by many is the fact that they did head hunting.┬áMore information, photographs as well as artifacts can be found in their museum in Guinaang Road. You can also see a replica of “ato” or the village that shows Bontoc’s social structure in this museum.

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On the streets, you can see old women walking, with tribal tattoos etched on their arms. These tattoos are called pong’-o.

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Summer suspends the cold. The sun was up, but didn’t scorch. While waiting for the guide we roamed the city. And learned a piece of the town’s history.

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