Monday, April 1, 2013

Discovering Bontoc, Mt. Province

Bontoc is the capital of Mountain Province, Philippines and the seat of the entire Cordillera Administartive Region since the foundation of authority in the Cordillera. Mountain Province sits on the Cordillera mountain range, which runs from north to south. It is bounded on the west by Ilocos Sur province, on the east by Isabela and Ifugao provinces, on the north by Kalinga- Apayao Province, and on the south by Ifugao and Benguet Provinces. Part of its western territory has been carved out to the jurisdiction of Ilocos Sur, and is drained by the Chico River.

Bontoc - the capital of Mt. Province, Philippines taken
from Nueva Viscaya-Ifugao-Mt. Province Highway

Bontoc is classified as a 3rd class municipality with local economy depending largely on agriculture, commerce and trades. It is a highland municipality and generally mountainous with the highest elevation of 2, 028 meters above sea level and the lowest with an elevation of 900 meters. It is a bowl like valley surrounded by mountain ranges. Tourism is one of Bontoc’s economic potential with its impressive square patchwork of terraces like the Bay-yo and Maligcong Rice Terraces. Kankanaey and Ilocano language are the main dialects spoken by the residents.


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