Kalinga, Deep in the Mountains of the CAR

Lubuagan, former capital of Kalinga province, viewed from top of Magmag-an Pass, October 2007 by Gubernatoria

Kalinga is a landlocked province in the northern Philippines, situated within the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. Its provincial capital of Kalinga is Tabuk City, which offers a blend of modern amenities and cultural sights.

Rice terraces, similar to those found in the famous Banaue, adorn parts of the province, offering stunning vistas that underscore the agricultural prowess of the Kalinga people. The Chico River runs through the province, providing opportunities for whitewater rafting and other river-based activities.

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Renowned for its rugged and stunning landscapes, it is bordered by the provinces of Apayao, Abra, Mountain Province, and Cagayan. The topography of Kalinga is characterized by mountains, deep gorges, and rolling hills, making it an ideal destination for those seeking adventure and a connection with nature.

The province has a rich cultural heritage, with its indigenous population known as the Kalinga people. They are famous for their intricate traditions, vibrant festivals, and exquisite craftsmanship, particularly in weaving and metalwork. Tattooing, known locally as “batok”, is a revered art form that has been practiced by the Kalinga for generations, though it is lesser and lesser seen among the younger population.

Kalinga’s history is marked by its reputation as a fierce and unconquered region during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. The indomitable spirit of the Kalinga people is encapsulated in the legendary story of the “peace pact” or “bodong”, which is a traditional system of settling disputes that is still recognized and practiced today.

Tourism in Kalinga is also anchored by its natural sites. The Balbalasang-Balbalan National Park is one such destination, known for its biodiversity and as a sanctuary for a wide variety of flora and fauna. The park is a haven for trekkers, bird-watchers, and those who wish to immerse themselves in serene natural beauty.

In recent years, Kalinga has seen infrastructural development, yet it carefully balances modernization with the preservation of its natural environment and cultural identity. The Kalinga people’s warm hospitality, coupled with the province’s untouched beauty, make it a hidden gem in the Philippine archipelago. It is a place where adventure, history, and culture converge, offering a unique and memorable experience to all who visit.

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Chico River Valley at Tinglayan by Gubernatoria
by ABS-CBN News
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