I f u g a o
Ifugao was formerly known as a part of the old Mountain Province. It was created as an independent province on June 18, 1966 by the virtue of Republic Act No. 4695, otherwise as the Division Law of Mountain Province. Under this Law, Mountain Province was divided into four provinces namely: Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, apayao nad Mt. Province. The word "Ifugao" means hill. The Spaniards changed pugo to pugaw and was finally changed by the Americans to Ifugao. The province of Ifugao is a land-locked area located at the foot of the Cordillera mountain ranges. It is bounded by the high peaked mountain of Benguet in the Western Side, on the south by Nueva Viscaya, on the east by Isabela and on the north by the protruding strip of the territory of Mountain Province. It is generally located at 120 degrees 40'17 degrees longitude.
Mountain Climbing and Village Visits
Reaching some of the tourist spots which involve hiking. For more adventurous tourist, the Ifugao terrain offers ample choice for mountain climbing.
a) Mount Amuyao - The 8ht highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters (8,865) above sea level is located between the boundery line of Banaue and Mayoyao and between Ifugao and Mt. Province. Its summit provides the climber with a breath-taking panorama of the Mt. Provice, Isabela, Nueva Viscaya and Ifugao. Mayoyao legends say during the 40-day deluge that inundated the province. Being the only survivors, they become the first ancestors of the Ifugaos.
b) Mt. Napulawan - Located at the municipality of Hungduan, this mountain is very accessible to mountain trekkers. Conquerors of this peak are fascinated by the thick rain forest and its rare flora. Trees near the peak are unusually short.
c) Mt. Anapawon - Centrally located at Ifugao, this mountain peak is considered the best camping site in the province. It provides a very good view of Hungduan municipality and the low-lying municipalities of Lagawe and Kiangan as well as the rice terraces of Hingyon.
Places to go:
Banaue Rice Terraces
A leading tourism destination the country and considered the "Eight Wonder of The World". The rice terraces starts from the base of the mountain range and reach upto several thousands of feet high. It is said that its length, if put to end would encircle the half of the globe. Made 2,000 years ago, this rice terraces manifest the engineering skill and ingenuity of the sturdy Ifugaos. Streams and springs found in the mountains were tapped and channeled into irrigation canal that run downhill through the rice terraces. Festivals: Banaue Imbayah This is a three-day festival which is celebrated every 4 years. Activities on this event include an ethnic parade portraying the evolution of the Ifugao culture followed by ethnic games participated by barangay delegations. This festival, though has not been sustained to date.