Tinongdan, ” Seat of Cultural Heritage and Natural Wonders”

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Tinongdan is a 2nd biggest barangay of the municipality of Itogon, in the province of Benguet in Cordillera Administrative Region.

The barangay hall of Tinongdan is a prominent landmark for visitors, specially mountaineers, who ascend and descend Mount Ugo.  The hospitality of the whole community begins at the barangay hall, where visitors who pass trough or drop in, offered a native coffee, as a goodwill to all visitors.

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The municipality of Itogon is the largest municipality of Benguet is known as a mining town, being the site of of the first large scale mining operation in the country., where the main source of livelihood is mining. followed by agriculture.

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Out of the 9 barangay of Itogon, only Tinongdan is the only non mining barangay, instead they give importance about the preservation and practice  of culture and traditions. The spectacular sceneries in the entire barangay is    considered  to  be  a prime tourist destination in the municipality, wherefore they known as the “Seat of Cultural Heritage and Natural Wonders”

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There are 3 ethnic groups in the barangay, namely the Ibaloi, Iwak and Kalanguya. The Ibaloi are the major ethnic group and are dominant occupants, their culture, art and traditions are adherent in the entire barangay.

The source of livelihood in the barangay rely on farming, backyard gardening, fruit bearing trees and livestock’s raising.

 

 

Some of the attractions found in Tinongdan:

 

Agno River 

A natural attraction found in Buguias., Bokod and Itogon. The headwaters coming from Buguias and Kabayan municipalities provide the water  to 3  hydroelectric power plants: the Ambuklao and Binga Hydroelectric Power Plants. The river traverses Barangas Dalupirip and Tinongdan of Itogon, where it winds up at the San Roque Dam and San Manuel, Pangasinan.

The 206 kilometers long with 5,952 square kilometers is considered the largest in the country when it comes to catchment area, is  the third largest river in Luzon and firth largest river in the Philippines.

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Sitio Cayoco

  • Coyoco Hanging Bridge

The bridge is a 90.8 meters bridge connect the 3 sitios of Tinongdan, The Sitio Cayoco, Sitio Cawayan, Sitio Losod and Sitio  Domolpos, where the scenic  Mout Ugo located. The bridge is about 50 meter above the greenish water of Agno River. The view along the middle of the bridge is really appreciating.

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  • Rice Terraces 

The small rice terraces as they called “tayew” means rice field. The rice field is the most relaxing section in the area.

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  • Ancestral House of Cayoco

There are some interesting story behind the simplicity of Sitio Cayoco. The ancestral house of the Ibaloi, that built since 1938, The houses was built without using any single nail. There are some changes specially in some post, but the whole house remain, no damages and changes.

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  • The Elders of Sitio Cayoco and Japanese Occupation. 

During the occupancy of the Japanese in Baguio in 1945, the Sitio is one of the nesting place of the Japanese soldiers. Despite’s of  bad experience of many Filipinos in the hand of Japanese, here, all praise about the Japanese. According to them, the Japanese educate the locals, during that time, many locals learn to speak Japanese, including simple English.

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Sitio Cawayan

The sitio was called Sitio Cawayan, because of the bamboo scattered in the area, (Cawayan or Kawayan means Bamboo) mini rice terraces are also a site to visit.

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Sitio Domolpos

  • Mummies House

The mummies are century old, ancestors of the i’owk tribe. They can be viewed when the native are performing rituals including the offering and butchering of animals. The mummies house can be reached along the trail going to Mount Ugo.

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  • Mount Ugo

The mountain is about 2,150 meters above sea level is one of the popular destination especially for mountaineers and adventure seekers. The panoramic view above the sea of clouds is a breathtaking views.

Every year the Barangay Tinongdan. is organizing an invitational summer climb, to promotes environmental and cultural awareness.

Contact Details:

Secretariat
Ms. Evelyn Balbines
Mobile: 0928-2890886
Ms. Jerda Sanil
Mobile: 0939-8345655

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 Mount Marikit

It is an emerging natural attraction found in Tinongdan. This extraordinary mountain offers diverse opportunities such as trekking, site seeing, camping and mountain climbing. The winding uphill and downhill, hanging footbridges and captivating waterfalls are just few among the views and experiences the mountain offers. Moreover, some of the additional attractions found along the way are the Adashu burial cave, Ambasa cave and the Baloy hot spring.

Sitio Binga 

  • Binga Dam

It is one of the major source of hydro electric power in major part of Luzon, including Manila. Located along Agno river in Tinongdan, Itogon, constructed in 1956. The powerhouse and reservoir offers scenic view that attract visitors.

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  •  River Side

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Pilipinas Akyathlon

A 35.3 kilometers out and back  international Skyrace, start at the barangay hall of Tinongdan (779 MASL) and turn around at the summit of Mount Ugo (2126 MASL) The 4 years Akyathlon held in Tinongdan is participated by the locals and international runners.

Colos Festival

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Every February of the year, Barangay Tinongdan, celebrates the Colos  Festival  concurrent  with their  Barangay Foundation day.

Colos Festival is a way of reviving and preserving the Colos culture, for the appreciation of the present and future generations.

Colos is the ancient and indigenous term for the Ibaloi communities along the stretch of the banks of Agno River in the province of of Benguet. The i-colos is therefore an address to the people belonging to the Colos community. This humble village has always been adherent to its culture and traditions practically observed by its elder

For more details about Colos Festival click  HERE

 

 Keddot 

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The highlight of Colos Festival is Keddot generally known as Cañao.  Keddot  was defined as a “Festival” or a ceremony, ritual, a service, or rite, and or an offering, that last for three days.  Keddot celebrates in a different reasons, as thanks giving, healing, during wedding, burial, voyages, birth of the new member of the family,  for bountiful harvest,  and among others, where prayer and offering of live animals is ,main part of the celebration.

The Keddot of Tinongdan  is a thank giving ritual for all blessing they have received for the whole year, including the productive livelihood, like  bounty of harvest, good health, good life and many others. There are many foods, that is shared to every member of the community.  Singing, dancing, are also a  part of the celebration.

For more details about Keddot click HERE

 

 

Getting there:

By Public Transport

From Manila, there are numbers of Bus Company bound to Baguio City, such as Victory Liner, Dagupsn Bus, and Genesis Bus.

From Baguio, the Barangay Tinongdan is accessible to any type of vehicles. Travel time is around 45 minutes to one hour. There are jeepney terminal along Soliman street, near Dangwa Tranco: the Baguio-Binga jeep and the Baguio-Dalupirit route and the Baguio-Tinongdan jeep. Special trip may be arranged.

By Own Car

From Baguio to Pakdal circle, follow the road going to Mansion House, few distance to town house approaching the junction, follow the road going to Itogon.

 

 

For events and tourism details. 

  • 09102508492 Mr. Norberto Pacio – Municipal Councilor
  • 09282890886 Ms. Evelyn Balbines- Barangay Secretary
  • 09398345655 Ms. Terida Sanil

 Reference:

  • Tinongdan Tourism
  • Itogon Tourism
  • Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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