SideTrip: Bontoc, the Mountain Province connection


The town of Bontoc

The small town of Bontoc, Mountain Province

I’ve finanlly got a chance to drop by and explore this little town called Bontoc. Most of the time, it’s just one of those areas you only pass by either going to Sagada or Banaue. But it would seem that Bontoc is also an ideal point to jump off any trip going to the different parts of Mountain Province. If you are coming from Manila, you can ride on the new Cable Bus located in Trinity College and they head straight to Bontoc. From there,many jeeps plying to different directions like Banaue, Sagada and Besao can be found. Since Bontoc is in the middle, travel time is reduced.

Tatooed Women

Tatooed Women. A dying art form

Aside from the connection with different areas, it’s interesting to see our tribes people walking down these streets. Elders, still wearing traditional garbs and women with full body tatoos. Those tatoos are said to be a dying art form since modern women doesn’t like to put them anymore due to the painful process. These Tatoos for women are considered decorations, like jewels, for men however, tatoos are a badge of honor, it means they have slayed or killed an enemy during a war.

A Church in Bontoc

A church in Bontoc.

Bontoc is also a developing and clean town. New structures are being built, and there are a number of Inns if you decided to look around and see more of the town. A number of souvenier shops on the streets and there’s an ATM (from PNB) here if you find yourself running out of money in the midst of your trip.

Bontoc Museum

Never miss the Bontoc Museum.

And NEVER miss going to the Bontoc Museum if you’re in town. Our companion M, who has been around most of the museums around the country said this is one of the best Museums here. Aside from the antiquities from different tribes inside the museum, there’s the outside museum which emulates the cultural houses and community setup of the Mountain Province tribes. So don’t fail to check this one out.

21 comments on “SideTrip: Bontoc, the Mountain Province connection

  1. cruise on

    naku nakakatakot pala kung maraming tatoo yung lalaking nakasalubong mo kasi dami na nung napatay, hehe.

    ok pala Bontoc, ganda ng church nila, modern na rin ang dating.

  2. lino on

    WoW! You got a great site! Ganda! And you’ve got awesome pics too. Ganda pala ng Bontoc, pinakamalayo ko na yatang narating dyan sa Mt. Province is La Trinidad. Link kita ha? Thanks. 🙂

  3. Ed on

    That’s very interesting background on tattoos among the tribal people. In North America, tattoos have become very popular among the average person and among celebrities. Many believe it’s just a fad.

  4. Irah on

    Helow! You have pictured our life in Bontoc and I congratulate you for that.Nice talaga! Grabeh! Continue your good work. May God bless you!!!

  5. Daphne on

    Thanks for this. Yes, tattoos (the old way) are not popular anymore. My grandmother has one and does not recommend it, because as you said, it’s painful.

  6. grail on

    as far as i remember,i´ve asked my late grand ma why they have tattoos in their arms up to their fingers and its all the same style…and she said, ¨its our tradition before,when girls reach puberty, they get tatooed..its a symbol of womanhood¨.

  7. grail on

    … for men having tattoos, i never heard it is a badge of honor that they have if they killed an enemy. I´m a native of Bontoc, i will try to search about that.

  8. chelly on

    tattoos among women is really a symbol of womanhood in Cordillera provinces. their more in Bontoc that must seen and those who loves river rafting try Bontoc Chico River you’ll like the adventure.

  9. Ben Whitford on

    meron ba dyan ng tattoo artist? gusto ko ung tribal tattoo pero gusto ko talaga ung traditional method, ung babatok talaga. meron ganyan dyan? salamat


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