Nov 18

Pide, Sagada, My Home

Pide, Sagada

by Lorie Copas
A Project in the Web Page Design and Development Class
Xijen College of Mountain Province, Inc.
Bontoc, Mountain Province


Long long ago, there was only one barangay called Fedilisan located at northern part of Sagada. One day, a pregnant dog went away to find some food to eat. In the morning, the owner of the dog worried because his dog didn’t go home last night, so he decided to go and find it. He found his dog at the upper part , one kilometer’s away from the said barangay. The dog had already gave birth at the center of this place under a big pine tree. The man discovered that this location is very beautiful and good for a place to stay. He, then, built a little house and began to cultivate some farms for him and his dogs to live at.

As days go by, some individuals from Fedilisan followed him until it became a community or barangay named, “Pide” which means side.


Barangay Pide is at the northern part of Sagada, centered by the three barangays of  Bangaan, Aguid, and Fedilisan.


Barangay Pide had a population of three hundred ninety seven (397) at the present.

Municipal Mayor: Eduardo T. Latawan
Vice Mayor: Richard A. Yodong
SB Members:
Francisco B. Balisong
Venancio B. Baybay
Valentine B. Lam-osen
Moses B. Padayao
Dennis A. Lopez
Edwardo P. Guitelen
Kapon P. Gomgom-o
Francis S. Kilongan
Haida Lonogan
Haida Lonogan
OFFICIALS (2008-2010)
Captain: Haida Lonogan
Barangay Officials:
Manuel Tingowan
Joseph Ogannod
Cristino Odlos
Mathew Bosiley
Manuel Ciano
Esperanza Labiang
Wilfred Dapidap
Secretary: Ursula Calderon
Treasurer: Cynthia Annoyan
SK President: Andrew D. Tomaag
SK Officials:
Patricio Sagayo
Honey Ann Copa-os
Ellen Agnes Odlos
Janah Toyoken
Karen Patong
Helen Dapidap
Esperanza Agwiking
Secretary: Patricio Sagayo
Treasurer: Honey Ann Copa-os


Captain: Soliaban, Herman L.
Barangay officials:
Delusen, Luisa C.
Locan-eo, Petra T.
Loyosen, John B.
Annoyan, Domingo P.
Odlos, Cristino B.
Ogannod, Joe.
Suyam, Albin G.
SK  President: Copa-os, Jan Kevin D.
SK Officials:
Agwiking, Robert L.
Ayban, Ben T.
Lakay, Clarise B.
Masgay, Ronald L.
Odlos, Cleo D.
Suyam, Andrew A.


Bomod-ok Falls

Lake Leneng
Lake Leneng

Rice Terraces

Fedilisan Barangay
Fedilisan Barangay


If  you want to visit Bomod-ok Falls,  go to Poblacion  Sagada and look  for  the passenger jitney bound for Aguid, Sagada. The trip schedule in the morning is 7-9  and in the afternoon is 3-4.  Going there takes 30 minutes ride.  It takes 7 km from Poblacion, Sagada to reach Aguid.

It is also advisable to have a guide with you when you visit Bomod-ok Falls.  Go to the Sagada Town Hall and register (all visitors do register) and ask for a guide.

When you already there in Aguid, enjoy the view of  Lake Leneng  and the rice terraces while walking  from Aguid down to Fedilisan  and then finally to  Bomod-ok Falls.

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Nov 18

Discover: Aguid’s Wonders (Aguid, Sagada)

By Imee Badongen
Second Year Secretarial Course
Xijen College of Mountain Province

Aguid             Upon disembarking from Aguid, through the village’s narrow paths, upon the foot trails of the rice paddies was an open expanse that stretched from horizon to horizon. It was single-file as you marvel at the awesome sight that greets you every step of the way, hiking up and down to what seemed like a never ending trail across the varying landscape. Time didn’t seem to exist. The Aguid’s scenery consumed you yet you don’t even notice….

It is the biggest barangay of Sagada 7 Kilometers away from the town.

“A brief history of Aguid”

(Story told by lakay Domin-eng)

After the place of Pide, in the northern part of Sagada, was populated, an old woman went to the mountain located at the upper right side of Pide to weed their “uma” (field). When she felt tired of weeding she decided to take a rest at the mouth of the cave she sighted during her walk. While resting she saw a bundle of sharpened spears at the side. She concluded those were left by the hunters during their hunting, so she went home leaving it there. At supper, while eating with her family she remembered her rest at the cave near their field, so she told them about it. “Ya wacha yah inilak ay naa-aguidan ay kaiw issan liyang ay inmey ku nin suwengan, ay wa’ay ubpay umey men an anup sidi….” (“When I went for a rest at the cave near our field I sighted a bundle of sharpened spears, maybe hunters go there for a hunt…”)

Her story about what she saw in the cave spread, so then they had decided to call the place where the old woman’s family field is located “naa-aguidan.” Later it was shortened to “Aguid”.

Later on, the place that was once like a forsaken place was inhabited by the people from Pide and Fidelisan, Sagada who wanted to be separated from paganism.


Going to Aguid takes 30 minutes by jitney, as for nature lovers who want to have a walk, it will take an hour.  The jitney going to Aguid is located at the heart of the town just few meters up at the Sagada Municipal Hall. The trip to Aguid begins at 7:00 until 9:00 in the morning and at 3:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon, going back trip to town is scheduled every 6:30 am, 7:00 am and 1:00 pm. If you can not catch the scheduled trips you take the Bangaan bound jitney and walk 30 minutes to Aguid following the road or take a short cut using the road going to Pide.  This route takes you to a breathtaking view of the rice terraces.

For first time visitors, do not hesitate to ask the friendly people of the place for directions, note also that the folks here more understand the English language instead of Filipino, especially the old folks.


There are no hotels of inns in the place, so for visitors who would like to spend the night here, building a tent is the only way.

Barangay officials:

Brgy. Captain Maximo Suyon

Barangay Kagawads

A. Milton Tawali

B. Penny Nasgatan

C. Alvin Lomiwes

D. Anselmo Suyam

E. Loling Batnag

F. John Moguil

G. Juan Balloyan

Brgy. Treasurer Edna Dom-ogen

Brgy. Secretery Domingo Kelly

SK Chairman: Saturnino Ariston

SK Officials:

Mhea Dumakit

JC Damgas

Maureen Malugdos

Harley Halang

Patong Obonan

Bily 702 Bustangik

Eugene Arce

New Officials (2010-2011)

Barangay Captain:  Maximo Suyan

Barangay Kagawads:

Juan Tomeg Balloyan

Nelliem Balao-ed Baniaga

Angel Siniklang Laus

Viernesa Baliaga Lingwa

Joseph Gatudan Patil-ao

Johnny Soyon Pomeg-as

Hilario Langcao Pumecda

Sk Chairman:

Johanna S. Moguil

Brgy. Kagawad:

Alma P. Cubebe

“Aguid ‘s  Daring Spots”

1. Tabeyay ew – an inviting body of water here in Sagada. Take a look at this refreshing place in this remote place in the Cordilleras.

2. Rice Terraces- just standing at the stones to view the Aguid’s majestic rice terraces.

3. Bumayeng Falls- located at the eastern part of Aguid where the main source of Bomod ok’s water come from.

posted by:

“Imee” L. Badongen

Nov 17

Litangfan and now Guina-ang

Susan B. Afidchao

Computer Secretarial Student

XiJEN College of Mountain Province

“Guina-ang, Bontoc, Mt. Province”

One of a kind, this was Guina-ang. A place where you can feel the real breeze of a native land. Fresh, cool and relaxing atmosphere welcomes the people and embraces the visitors.

Where did Guina-ang got its name?

Guina-ang  used to be called Litangfan. The people however changed the name to “KHINAANG” which was derived from the descriptive translation of the sound of the Gongs. Its present spelling is a euphemism introduced by a foreigner who married into the place.



Guina-ang terraces view from which the palay have been harvested. Matteng is a  place where they plant their palay. It is located and can be found near the area (slight walk).


Artistic way of planting camote tops.

The people of Guina-ang has a creative way to enhance the productivity of their plants/crops.

A spiral farm is a nice view from the top.


“A public refreshing area”

Water for everybody. Chakkit is known to be a public refreshing area wherein they took a bath, wash clothes,  fetch drinking waters, wash tools after going to the garden—- multipurpose to the people.


A triangular house-like where they store and stock the harvested palays. Our great great grand fathers invented this house on the olden times and we are still preserving it until now.

"ABBA'" is still done until now.



It is easy to go to Guina-ang. Read/Do the following iformations/steps:

1. KODAK Photoshop would be guide to the station of Guina-ang—via—Bontoc. 2. Beside the shop, you can see a jeepney parking. Look for the jeep and ride. 3. Fare:      Students —-php. 20;          Seniors —- php.20;        Regular —–php.   25    4. The distance between Bontoc Central up to Guina-ang is about 11km.

Guina-ang is a mountainous area which is about 1,860sq. The area is covered with a house and trees/plants which reflects the population of the barangay. Since the area is not covered with so many houses, we can say that the population is of normal and not crowded.

Weather Condition: Wet and Dry or the so called Sunny and Rainy Seasons.


Bgy. Captain: Ninian Lang-agan

Councilman: Benson Aowes

George Ekid

Laurence Farrong

Harry Charongen

Delfin Winnie

Danstein Kewakew

Thomas Longatan

The Author:

Susan B. Afidchao


Reference: Bontoc, Yesterday and Today authored by Florence Kittong Chaokas of Bontoc Mt. Province

Nov 16

Visit Tinoc Ifugao

TINOC is the home of the Kalanguya subgroup of the Ifugao. Kalanguya people indigenous to mountainous Tinoc remain majority in the municipality. People of Tinoc are hospitable, highly civilized and well educated.

It is one of the 11 municipalities and a 5th class municipality in the province. It has a land area of 17,670,643 sq. m.

Brief History

Tinek is a kalanguya terminology, which means a prohibitive mud-deep usually, found in rice paddies having a continuous supply of water this mud-deep is caused by a pocket ground-bed thus creating a hollow portion allowing mud and water to fill it up.

The exact location of tinek is just eastern part of the school site of the present central school. It is said that on a date undetermined perhaps even before the coming of Spaniards and Americans, a certain women went to the area presumably to do routine cleaning when she almost drown her self in the mud-deep.If not the presence of a piece of wood floating over it instinct of swallowing in the mud. On that process, the carabao was swallowed in the mud-deep and no one to be found. Since then the area was known all over to be dangerous of the presence of  a mud-deep or tinek.

Later on they name the place to Tinoc and the whole municipality, when the municipality was divided into barangays they name the center into Poblacion that is the business center of Tinoc.


Tinoc  is located near the province’s southwestern border within Nueva Viscaya and Benguet.


According to the latest census,it has a population of 12,045 people in 1,680 households.

Transportation (How to get there)

Just ride to  Sunshine and Blooming Hill Express (BHE) buses going to Tinoc.

If you’re here in Bontoc and you want to visit our place just ride to any buses going to Baguio and drop at Abatan Buguias.

Everyday schedule:  First trip from Tinoc to Baguio BHE bus starts at 8 am, and arrived at Abatan Buguias at 10 am.Second trip starts 11 am and arrived at Abatan at 1 pm.From Baguio to Tinoc BHE bus starts at 6 am and arrived at Abatan at 9 am,second trip starts at 8 am and arrived at Abatan at 11 am.


We have the Family Lodge at sitio Spring,Saldaan’s Family Lodge at sitio Kumelbeng. For only 200 pesos per night.

Restaurants/ Place to Dine

We have the mini rastaurants of Lino’s family near the oval of the school and the mini restaurant at sitio Tupaan,for only 60 pesos per serving.

Tourist Spots

Every area of our place has its different views and a nice place to refresh minds even for just a while.We have our gardens,the mountains,and many more that’s why you should come  explore, experience and discover it.

You can visit our place with no entrance fee as long as you didn’t  destroy any on the area you visited.

In visiting our place you should at-least wear a long pant and  a T-shirt/sweat shirt to protect your body from unexpected incident that may happen on your way.

Tinoc Current Public Officials

May0r: Pugong, Lopez

Vice May0r: Calyaen, Agustin


Calyaen, Victor



Tacio, Efren

Patnaan, Paul

Humakey, Randy

Nagayos, Felicitas

Mayomes, Ben

Barangay Captain:

Patricio Nginyahan


Jery Ummas

Elmo Ummas

Maria Baucas

Ariel Bulintao

Ronald Pugong

Jerome Uybaan

SK Officials


Teninio, Marlon


Binwihan ,Necir

Dulawan, Ronie Menez

Dulnuan, Rachael

Guinziman, Gringo

Matias, Ronald

Sabungan, Marive



Every summer we celebrate our town fiesta wherein each barangays participates in different games that are going to be played.In this events the community will show their talents in sports not only works.People in Tinoc believe that socializing with one another is one  achievements in life.

Weather Condition

For your safeness its best for you to visit our place during the summer season because from September to January it is some what  cloudy and rainy day season.

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