Provinces

Mountain Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Mountain Province is a landlocked province of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. Its capital is Bontoc. The town is also known for its limestone caves that served as burial grounds during the pre-Christian Sagada era. Mountain Province became a special province of the Philippines in 1907. It was made up of the sub-provinces of Bontoc-Lepanto, Amburayan, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao and Kalinga.

LOCATION

Mountain Province

Coordinates: 17°05′N 121°10′E

FAST FACTS

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

Province:
Mountain Province
Location:
17°05′N 121°10′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1908
Capital:
Bontoc
Area:
2,157.38 km2 (832.97 sq mi)
Population:
158,200
Density:
72/km2 (190/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
10 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Bontoc
Elevation:
(Mount Singakalsa) 2,717 m (8,914 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
2616–2625
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:
Fourth Class
Religion(s):
60% Anglicanism
Language(s):
Bontoc, Kankana-ey, Ilocano, Tagalog, English
Known For:
Mummy caves, hanging coffins
Major Industries:
Agriculture, Tourism
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
November to February, March 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 has two general types of climate. The western portion is under Type I with two pronounced seasons; dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year. The eastern portion is under Type III with season not very pronounced: relatively dry from November to April and wet for the rest of the year.

If you want to experience Sagada’s cool climate, best time to visit is from November to February (wet season) when temperatures can drop to as low as 4 degrees Celsius. Dry season in Sagada is from March to May, so it can be hot and dusty. The rainy season in the Philippines starts from June to October.

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

Mountain Province Map

The Mountain Province province is divided into 10 Municipalities:

  • Barlig
  • Bauko
  • Besao
  • Bontoc
  • Natonin
  • Paracelis
  • Sabangan
  • Sadanga
  • Sagada
  • Tadian
 

ISLANDS

None

POINTS OF INTEREST

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

  • Alab Petroglyphs
  • Bayyo Rice Terraces
  • Blue Soil Hills
  • Bokong Falls
  • Bomod-Ok (Big) Falls
  • Bontoc Museum
  • Chico River
  • Echo Valley
  • Ganduyan Museum
  • Kiltepan
  • Lake Danum
  • Lumiang Cave
  • Maligcong Rice Terraces
  • Marlboro Hill
  • Mount Ampacao
  • Mount Data National Park
  • Mount Mogao
  • Mount Polis
  • Pongas Falls
  • Road from Baguio to Bontoc
  • St. Rita Cathedral
  • Sumaguing Cave
  • The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
  • The Hanging Coffins Of Sagada
 

FESTIVALS

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

  • Lang-ay Festival (1st week of April) – Bontoc

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Mountain Province province.

Where in the Philippines is Mountain Province located?
Mountain Province is located on Northern Luzon.

Is Mountain Province a city or province?
Mountain Province is a province.

What is the Capital of Mountain Province?
The capital of Mountain Province is Bontoc.

What is Mountain Province famous for?
Mountain Province is famous for mummy caves and hanging coffins.

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

  • Bus | 11 hours | $20
  • Taxi | 6 hours | $110-$140
  • Drive | 6 hours | $32-$48

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How many islands are in Mountain Province?
There are NO islands in Mountain Province. It is landlocked.

What does Mountain Province mean?
Mountain Province is “Lalawigang Bulubundukin” in Filipino.

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

Is the climate in Mountain Province the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate of Mountain Province is considered tropical but is cooler than other provinces in the Philippines.

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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