Nov 18

Talubin, Land of Clear Waters

By Jobelyn Gumatin
A Project on Website Design and Development Course
Xijen College of Mountain Province
Bontoc, Mountain Province

Welcome to my hometown, Talubin, Bontoc,  Talubin is one of the barrios of Bontoc.  It is located in the mossy forest area of the Cordillera mountain ranges.  Sweet, spring waters from the mountains flow to feed the rivers.  Water is an important resource and Talubin has plenty of it.

 How to Get There  

Paring Area of Talubin jitneys in Bontoc, find it accross the Philippine National Bank Bontoc Branch

Talubin is 10 kilometers away from Bontoc Central. The dialect spoken is Tinuveng. Talubin jitney station is accross PNB (Philippine National Bank) building at Bontoc Central. The jitneys leave Bontoc for Talubin as early as 8:00 in the morning until 5 to 6 in the evening.  As long as the jitney is full with their capacity of passengers, it will leave Bontoc. After 30 minutes you are already in Barrio Talubin. Fare for the adults is 20 pesos, while children’s fare is from P10 to 15 pesos.  If you have cargo, you are charged from to 10 to 20 pesos for the fare. 



To those who want to stay overnight, they are welcome in the house of their friends or relatives. One can also rent vacant houses from owners-who have left to live in the cities or other places.   







 Salted meat or what they call “INAHIN” is one of the specialties of my home town. It is stored in a “govey” or storage jar for a long time. It may not smell good to the visitor but it has a distinct taste when you eat it. 


Another one is the “gajiw” or jojo fish (small fishes) that are freshly caught in the river using nets. Adding “haveng” or old stock rice wine, make the ‘gajiw” supper delicious.

The forests of  Talubin supply the whole village. In fact, one source of water in Bontoc Central comes from Talubin.  

"Akayo ta mangan takoh,nay han gajiw" (Come let us eat jojo fish).


The clean river  is one of nature’s gifts for us in Talubin to be proud of.  Many children, youths or a group of “babaros and babalasang” (ladies and entlemen) have picnics and swim in the river.  That’s how we spend our leisure time here.  

Talubin Rice Terraces

Upon looking around the village, you can appreciate the beauty of the rice terraces or payew on the mountain slopes. It was perfectly made by the hard working people of Talubin. The beautiful scenery of the fields adds colors to the barangay.





The main activity of the I-Talubin is agriculture particularly wet agriculture. Rice is their main product. Planting season for palay runs from the month of Febraury to March. And for harvesting season or “ani” runs from the month of July to August.  



Starting at the months of October to January, they can experience cold season. For the month of March to May, it is where they can feel summer season. Rainy season fall from the month of June to September.  


BARANGAY CAPTAIN: Mr.  Alfredo Bawiyan alyas “Tallongen”  

Brgy. Councilman: Mr. Edgardo Suagen alyas “Walleh”  

Mr. Romeo Santowen alyas “Lumyoh”  

Mr. Pedro Chopap-ing alyas “Kuwet”  

Mr. Ngaoyan  Fao-wing alyas “Ngooyan”  

Mr. Edwin Valdez alyas “Edwin”  

Mr. Lacsigen Mandi-it alyas “Lakhigen”  

Mr. Rudy Pongchad alyas “Ludih”  





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