Majestic Maligcong Rice Terraces

 

 

Malgicong Rice terraces cradles the village of Maligcong.  Photo:  Joel Fagsao

Malgicong Rice terraces cradles the village of Maligcong. Photo: Joel Fagsao

 

The Maligcong Rice Terraces is one place you must see when you are in the town of Bontoc, Mountain Province.  Carved from the mountains several hundred years ago, the rice terraces of Maligcong are supported by a rip rap of stones taken from the mountains.  Using the downward  water flows, crude wooden tools and ingenius engineering, the people of Maligcong were able to have a source of their staple food, rice.  Today, the rice terraces continue to be maintained in the traditional way, preserving a structure that will be enjoyed by generations to come.

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.

Photo:  Joel T. Fagsao

Photo: Joel T. Fagsao

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.

Visit Itinerary

From Bontoc, take the first trip jeepney (8 AM) going to Maligcong. The Maligcong public utility terminal is found in front of the Pines Kitchenette and Inn, near the Provincial Plaza.  It is best to take the first trip so you can come down at about 2:00 P.M. if you want to ride down or the 4:00 P.M. jeep ride coming down.  You can also choose to stay overnight, the Maligcong Homestay provides decent accommodation.  

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.

What to Wear

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.

Where to Ask Information

While in Bontoc, visit the tourist information centre at the Bontoc Municipal Town Hall.

Local Guides

There are local guides in Maligcong.  Drop by Maligcong Homestay, ask your Maligcong Jitney Driver;  to arrange for a local tour guide or arrange for lunch and snacks.  You can also choose to stay overnight at Maligcong Homestay.

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

Fare to Maligcong is twenty pesos P20.00.

IMG_0933Weather

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.

 

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

Brief history of Maligcong

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.

Researched by Janice Capiyao

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