Provinces

Kalinga Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Kalinga is a landlocked province in the Philippines situated within the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. Its capital is Tabuk Kalinga. Kalinga is a tribal community in the heart of the Cordillera region.

LOCATION

Kalinga

Coordinates: 17°45′N 121°15′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Kalinga
Location:
17°45′N 121°15′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1995
Capital:
Tabuk
Area:
3,231.25 km2 (1,247.59 sq mi)
Population:
229,600
Density:
66/km2 (170/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
1 Component city, 7 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Kalingan
Elevation:
(Mount Binuluan) 2,329 m (7,641 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
3800–3808
Area code:
+63 -(074)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
Third Class
Religion(s):
Indigenous, Roman Catholic
Language(s):
Kalinga, Ilocano, Gaddang, Tagalog, English
Known For:
traditional tattoo, rice, and coffee
Major Industries:
Agriculture (rice, coffee, root crops)
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
December to May
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
None
Seaport(s):
None
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON

CLIMATE

The climate in this province experiences an average temperature ranging from 17 to 22 °C (63 to 72 °F) with Type 3 weather patterns. The dry season extends from November to April, while the rest of the year is considered the rainy season, the heaviest rains usually occurring from July to October.

It is best to visit the province during dry season which begins on December and lasts until May.

The most appropriate clothing in this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Kalinga Province Map

The Kalinga province is divided into 1 Component City, 7 Municipalities:

  • Balbalan
  • Lubuagan
  • Pasil
  • Pinukpuk
  • Rizal
  • Tabuk
  • Tanudan
  • Tinglayan
 

ISLANDS

None

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Kalinga province:

  • Aciga Tree  
  • Aguinaldo Hill
  • Balbalasang National Park
  • Buaya Caves
  • Cadamayan Falls
  • Lubo Rice Terraces
  • Mini Museum of Kalinga
  • Palan-ah Falls
  • Ryan & Sons Winery
  • Sungang ViewPoint
  • Tinglayan Rice Terraces
  • Tiwod Spring
  • Tongango Caves
  • Tuga Catholic Church
  • Ugid Maling Subterranean River

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Kalinga throughout the year:

  • Ullalim Festival (Middle of February) – Tabuk City

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Kalinga province.

Where in the Philippines is Kalinga located?
Kalinga is located on the central section of the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon.

Is Kalinga a city or province?
Kalinga is a province.

What is the Capital of Kalinga?
The capital of Kalinga is Tabuk.

What is Kalinga famous for?
Kalinga is famous for traditional tattoo, rice, and coffee.

How do I get to Kalinga?
There are several ways to get to Kalinga, the most common being from Manila:

  • Bus | 9 hours | $13-$14
  • Taxi | 6.5 hours | $130-$160
  • Drive | 6.5 hours | $36-$54

You can fly to an alternate airport (Tuguegarao, Cauauyan or Laoag), however you will have to take a taxi or van to get to Kalinga. Travel time will be shorter but the cost will be significantly more.

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How many islands are in Kalinga?
There are NO islands in Kalinga. The province is landlocked.

What does Kalinga mean?
Kalinga is derived from the Ibanag and Gaddang noun “kalinga”, which means “enemy”, “fighter”, or “headtaker”.

How Safe is Traveling in Kalinga?
Kalinga is generally safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate in Kalinga the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Kalinga is considered tropical with significant rainfall most months.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below …

READ MORE: Climate & Weather of the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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