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Maligcong

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Brief history

Location

Maligcong is a barangay of the municipality of Bontoc, Mountain Province. It is located at the upland zone of Bontoc municipality. It is bounded on the north by barangay Mainit, on the south by barangay Caluttit, on the east by barangay Tocucan, on the west by barangay Guina-ang, and on the northeast by the municipality of Sadanga.

Maligcong has six scattered sitios namely : Favarey, Fang-orao, Adaan, Makunig and Mayayat.

Area (ha): 1,500

Early Settlers

The people of Maligcong originated from Kadangran. (A place between the present Maligcong and Bontoc)

One day, a pregnant sow wandered away and found itself beside a “Kangkonger” (big stone), where it gave birth. The owners of the pig followed and tried to force it to return but in vain,the pig don’t want to leave the place which is located at the ricefields called maligcong by the villagers. Instead, the couple and family went to establish their home near the “Kangkonger”. Since then, people from the original village joined them in what is now the village of Maligcong.

How Maligcong got its name

Maligcong is rooted in the word “ligcong” which means to level land for a rice field. After years of labor, the people had to carve the mountains and steeps surrounding the area into terraces for their fields and other crops.When the time came that the whole village was surrounded by rice fields, the people then named the village Maligcong, meaning surrounded by rice fields.

Population

According to the latest survey which was done this year (2010), the total population of barangay Maligcong is 761. The population increased since year 2007 where the surveyed population was 481.

Maligcong Map

Transportation

It is located 8.5 km north of barangay Caluttit. It is accessible through a seven km road that ends at sub-sitio Fabuyan. Any type of vehicle can travel this 30 minutes – 40 minutes. Jeepney travels from its jeepney station located at the market compound in front of Pines Kitchenette and Inn beside the municipal plaza, passing by Upper Caluttit, Sac-angan, and Tala. The jeepney fare is 20 pesos. At the end of the road is a 1.5 km footpath along rice paddies going to the village proper, which can be hiked in 30 minutes – 40 minutes. The road did not reach sitio Fang-orao and barangay proper because this is surrounded with rice fields. The community prefers to hike the 5.1 km pathway to preserve the beauty of the rice field.

Schedule of jeepney going to Maligcong from Bontoc

8:00 am

12:00 noon

2:30 pm

4:30 pm

5:30 pm

Schedule of jeepney from Maligcong going to Bontoc

6:30 am

8:00 am

9:00 am

2:00 pm

4:00 pm

Accomodation

There is a transient home in Maligcong managed by Mrs. Rowena Delim. Aside from room service, they also serve food. It is located at Makunig, Maligcong. For more information about their services, you can contact her through her mobile number 09494430696.  However, the idea of a “Home Stay” arrangement which is being promoted by the government’s Department of Tourism is being considered by the local government.  Some residents have already hosted some tourists recommended by their friends and relatives in Manila and other parts of the world in the past. Regular visitors are Asians and Europeans.

People to Contact When Visiting Maligcong

Tourists may seek assistance from the local Provincial Tourism Council. The current Provincial Tourism Director is Mr. Roger Sacyaten.

Office Number: (074)6021036

In Maligcong, guests may also coordinate with the following:

Mrs. Rowena Delim = Cellphone number 09494430696

Mr. Jeffrey Pursen = Cellphone number 09067041329

Mr. Agustine Carlos = Cellphone number 09057164698

Restaurants/places to dine

There are no restaurants in Malicong but visitors may buy their grocery items at the sari sari stores located at Fabuyan, Fang-orao and Favarey.  The nearest restauranst are still in Bontoc town proper about 30 minutes walk from Favarey (Heart of Maligcong) to Turning Point, and about 40 minutes jeepney ride to Bontoc town.

The following local cuisine are recommended to first time visitors:

Pinikpikan, (“killing me softly”)

Etag (salted meat)

Local Drinks:

Itsa Pagpag (Mountain tea)

Tapey (rice wine)

Basi

Maligcong Rice Terraces

Considered as the pride of the people of Maligcong, the Maligcong Rice Terraces is known for its stone walls which make the terraces more stable and stand erosion.

Upon reaching the turning point of Maligcong, one can already see the Maligcong Rice Terraces. There is no entrance fee for visiting the Maligcong Rice Terraces. You walk by this attraction while going to the barangay proper. The rice terraces here are more awesome as the main village is right at the center of the sprawling fields.

The best time to visit Maligcong Rice Terraces is during the month of April and May when the fields are green as palay planted in March have started to grow. Harvest time is August.

This “Stairways to the Sky” is definitely a site to visit.

It is advisable for visitors to wear rubber shoes, wear hat and bring food when visiting Maligcong because of the long walk beside the rice paddies from the turning point to the barangay proper.

Minimum payment for the tour guide in Maligcong: 300 pesos per tour guide. Payment for the guide is given before or after the visit depending on the person who will guide.

BARANGAY OFFICIALS

Barangay Captain: Julio Lac-ayen

Kagawad:

Agustine Carlos

Eugene Chomanog

Francis Pangowen

Darwin Cheren

Benjamin Che-es

Timothy Chomapit

Basilio Anengyao

Sanggunian Kabataan chairman: Asset Fayofay

Problems in the community

-Land grabbing or misunderstandings on land boundaries

-Youth gambling

-Damaged pathways

Weather

The climate in the barangay is classified as type I with two pronounced seasons, the wet season which is from June to January and the dry season from February to May.

The latest rainfall recorded by the PAGASA reveal an annual average of 1,962.1 milliliter.

The temperature in the locality ranges from 14 to 32 degree Celsius. Extreme cold is felt during the later part of November to December. The hottest months are from April to May.

Itinerary

From Bontoc, take the first trip jeepney (8 AM) going to maligcong. Upon reaching fabuyan, one can already see the Maligcong rice terraces. If you go at the very top area of sitio fabuyan, you will be able to see Guina-ang and Mainit. You walk through the pathway while enjoying the view of the rice terraces until you reach fang-orao. You can visit Maligcong Elementary School and some rice granary in this sitio. The walk through the rice paddies takes 30 minutes-40 minutes walk or longer if you take your time enjoying the scenery going to favarey. Favarey is surrounded with rice terraces and if you go at the very top of this sitio, you will see the top of the mountains of Tocucan and also the top of Mt. Polis.  You may go around looking for a nice spot to take pictures. It may take you 2 hours -3 hours to go around the village taking pictures. After visiting the rice terraces, you can hike going back to Bontoc which may take 1hour- 1 and a half hour. While hiking back to Bontoc, you may pass by the orange plantations. When you reach the boundary between Maligcong and Bontoc, you will see the beautiful scenery of Bontoc and the Chico River which is surrounded by mountains.

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  5. Edward B Kurjack

    I walked up to Maligcong in 1966. A college student from Bontoc came with me. People were harvesting rice, so I handed my camera to my guide and he took photos of his relatives in the paddies. I bought a head ax and a spear from an old man; those artifacts are in the Miami Of Ohio museum.

    Meanwhile people in Bontoc were preparing their paddies and transplanting. I took photographs with an inexpensive camera, and I am trying to restore the damage they have endured. I will send these to your museum for whatever use you wish if you send me your email address.

    It takes years to learn about a community, but the few days I spent in Bontoc did help me understand what I read about the people there. I thank the community for welcoming an awkward young man over half a century ago. .

  6. Ricardo Gaerlan

    I left Baguio 45 years ago and now reside in Portland Oregon USA. The Midland Courier has been my source for Baguio News, although it breaks my heart to see the transformation. I found this weeks copy with a photo of a Fr. Johanne Schorsch, a Dutch priest, wearing the traditional Igorot outfit, (bahag). Can anyone tell me more about this priest or how to get in touch with him. Photos of your town, Maligcong, fascinates me. My grandfather was once a senator of the Mountain Province. Thank you for this wonderful informative article/posting.

  7. Rowena Paducar-Delim

    Many thanks Janice, for accomodation my cel.num. is 09151881732.

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