Bontoc

Nestled within the Cordillera highlands is Bontoc, the provincial capital of Mountain Province. While it is often overshadowed by Mountain Province’s famous attractions in Sagada, this humble town boasts majestic rice terraces, rich indigenous cultures, and plenty of other natural wonders just waiting to be discovered.

Brush up on the history of Bontoc by visiting the Bontoc Museum, which houses cultural artifacts like headhunter axes, woven loincloths, snake-spine headdresses, bark raincoats, and carefully etched nose flutes. The museum’s outdoor gallery showcases the lifestyle in Cordillera’s highlands with life-size replicas of traditional Ifugao houses and village structures.

Learn more about the prehistoric indigenous community that flourished in Bontoc by visiting the Alab Oriente village. Mt. Data in Alab Oriente is where you’ll find sacred grounds and the famous 3,000-year-old Alab Petroglyphs. These ancient boulder carvings depict the fertility rites and rituals of the village’s earlier inhabitants.

After touring the prominent historical sites of Bontoc, you can try experiencing the lifestyle and culture of its locals firsthand by visiting its communities and rice terraces. Head to Samoki Village to learn about the traditional art of backstrap loom weaving. You’ll find a wide variety of colorful woven products showcasing the local weavers’ renowned craftsmanship.

Journey to the humble upland town of Maligcong to see the scenic Maligcong Rice Terraces. You can sit back and relax with some food or coffee at the veranda of Maligcong Homestay and Coffee Shop, which overlooks the vast field of rice terraces. You can also view the Kadchog Rice Terraces from across Chico River or the Palali Rice Terraces from the summit of Mt. Data.

Nature lovers can take a leisurely trek up to the summit of Mt. Gotong, cool down on the river bank of the majestic Chico River, relax in the Mainit Hot Springs, or explore the mysterious Ganga Burial Caves in Alab Oriente.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, why not experience the thrills of “jeepney toploading”? You can enjoy a stunning view of the mountains while riding atop a jeepney, as long as you remember to hold on tight throughout the crazy-but-rewarding ride.

Another popular activity for adrenaline junkies is paragliding, which gives participants a sweeping view of Bontoc’s rice terraces, mountain ranges, and the Chico River. One flight usually lasts around 15-20 minutes, depending on the weather. But if you’re lucky, your flight might last up to 45 minutes or longer.

Once you find yourself feeling hungry from all your adventures, head to Cable Cafe and munch on their hearty servings of Filipino favorites like lechon kawali and chicken wings. And if you’re in the mood for specialty coffee, the cozy Goldfish Cafe should be the perfect place for you to wind down after a long day of exploring Bontoc.

Of course, don’t forget to stop by the Mountain Province Trade Center before ending your Bontoc journey. This famous shopping spot is where you’ll find some of the province’s best traditional woven products from weaving workshops in Samoki, Sagada, and Sadangan.

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