Bontoc Travel Guide

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Bontoc Things to Do

  • Visit Sta. Rita Cathedral

    I was just wandering around the town when I spotted this church...from the church's grounds is the view of the mountains that sorround the town. Going inside, I noticed some interesting paintings located at the right side of the church.


    On the road to Baguio, about an hour from Bontoc you will come to Mount Polis at an altitude of 6,216 ft or , 1895 m. If you are on the bus it will stop here but if you have your own private transport you must stop for a few minutes as there are coffee shops, snack shops, veggie stalls, a huge statue of the blessed virgin . There is a small shop on...


    If you are not planning on visiting Banaue from Bontoc, change your mind as it is a beautiful trip, even if you just have time to go there early morning and return in the afternoon. The road gradually leaves \bontoc passing by villages on the right hand side until it reaches Mount Polis, the highest point on the road, before you wind your way down...


    If not, you can see a sculpture of a Bulul next to where the buses leave for Banaue and Sagada. A Bulul is a figure carved from wood to protect the rice crops, that the Igorots strongly believe in. Igorots reside in this are of North Luzon. The Bululs are representations of their ancestors and are believed to gain power from the presence of the...

  • go to the Bontoc museum

    Nobody has said anything about their museum. I find it the most interesting so far in the philippines. It has many ming vases and other pottery including baskets by igorot, artifacts with their history, old photos,jewlery, originl nipa Igorot village. It's a must see!

  • Watch the Lang-Ay Festival

    Every April, tribes from the different municipalities in Mt. Province are gathered to participate in the celebration of the Lang-Ay Festival. Unlike the other festivals in the Philippines, the delegates here are dressed in their native/authentic attire as they go around town dancing with pride. The audience are expected to appreciate the real-life...

  • Visit the All Saint's Cathedral

    The Episcopalian Church of Bontoc built the All Saints' Cathedral from generous donations of patrons. The church is made of native stone gathered from the Chico River and cut by local stonemasons from Mainit town who generously told the priests that they were willing to work for less than their usual pay because it is for the church and their...

  • Stop by Bay-yo

    If you are driving to Bontoc from Banaue or vice versa be sure to stop at the Bay-yo View Deck and enjoy the Bay-yo rice terraces. It is smaller than the other rice terraces but its location is very picturesque and worth some photographs! :DThe weather is also cooler there than in Bontoc.

  • Visit Malegcong Rice Terraces

    It is best to visit the Malegcong Rice Terraces during May and maybe early June when the plants are well-established already. I visited it over Easter this year and was told that the weather have been too dry that the planting of upland rice have been delayed.It is easy enough to get there as there is a regular run of PUJ plying the route...

  • Glimpse of the Past

    At the Bontoc Museum you can have a glimpse of the past tribes from Sagada, Ifugao and Bontoc. The place displays a collection of books, photographs, tribal costumes and battle gears.

  • Walk round town ...

    The main street of town of Bontoc is lined on both sides by shoplots. From far, you can see the misty mountains. As this is only a stopover for us, we did not venture far out of the town - just had our breakfast in one of the shops and then walk about the town area..See pictures of town on my travelogue..

  • Bontoc Museum

    This is a little tricky to find. The museum is located on the grounds of the St. Vincent elementary school. You will notice the unique building-replicas of Ifugao, Sagada and Bontoc dwellings. The small museum has an unique collection of Igorot crafts and everyday items. There are some beautiful antique Chinese bowls and plates. There are...


Bontoc Restaurants

  • Filling and Hot

    Well, the restaurant entrance was a bit daunting... dark and a little unkept. But I was not put off by that (well, I was with a group of locals so I just followed their lead) . We went on to the second floor where the room opened up to a well lighted veranda. The food is hot and filling and the prices not bad. We had the noodles, lumpiang shanghai...

  • Cable Cafe

    Food is nice, I remember one staff who was kind enough to let me take a nap at one corner of the cafe. I was so tired after walking around town....Has TV for you to watch while waiting for your bus to Manila. I tried the boneless bangus with veggies.

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Bontoc Transportation


    The Bontoc terminal is right in the center of town where buses and jeepneys leave for Sagada and Banaue as well as other destinations

  • Cable Tours

    Cable Tours has two trips from Bontoc to Manila, one bus leaves Bontoc at 11am and the other at 3pm. Their buses have weak airconditioning and often breaks down. It's a good thing that the drivers are good mechanics too and can troubleshoot minor mechanical problems. The route the buses take is Bontoc-Banaue-Nueva Ecija-Manila. Their station in...

  • Bus To/From Bontoc

    Cable Tours schedule:Departure from Manila: 8:00PMDeparture from Bontoc: 3:00PMBus fare: P500/paxFor manila reservations please contact Mr. Jun Cue at mobile number 09298194688 or land line number 774-1290.


Bontoc Shopping

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  • Shopping at the Bontoc Public Market

    The Bontoc Public Market is a sprawling complex straddling more than 3 streets near the Provincial Capitol. The people consider Sunday as their market day. A couple of streets offer fruits and vegetables, another household and hardware items, another VCDs and DVDs. On a parallel street up from main street you will find small restaurants catering to...

  • Crafts for sale

    This shop is fixed price and sells local textiles, rattan bowls, purses and other bags. Definately worth a look. Some nice souvenirs. They also sell some sagada weaving merchandise.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Bontoc Local Customs

  • Lang-Ay Fest: Celebrate the Local...

    The Lang-ay Festival celebrated in Bontoc, Mountain Province is sponsored by the local government. As one of the residents explained, the festival is a living tradition to celebrate, share happiness, foster friendship, family ties and brotherhood among the people of the province.All ten municipalities participate in this festival which is usually...

  • Easter Sunday in Bontoc

    After the service at All Saints' Cathedral, the Episcopalian Church of Bontoc, the parishioners gather at the covered court located at the back of the church to partake of the sandwiches and boiled eggs and drinks laid out by the church. Visitors are welcome to join in this activity.It is a good way to see the locals in their sunday bests, a...

  • Bontoc Market

    The Bontoc Market is a good place to pick up some fresh fruits!! The blue tarps are used for protection from the sun and rain! Which we had later that afternoon in Sagada!! (Rain)


Bontoc Warnings and Dangers

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    by monina_c Written Apr 10, 2007

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    It is possible to drive to and from Bontoc using an ordinary car but it is really better to use a 4x4 because the road is not really kind to an ordinary car. :( Minor rockslides occur even in summer and the DPWH never can work fast enough to clear them all out, so better safe than sorry.

    Rockslide between Bontoc and Bay-yo Going over the rockslide
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Bontoc Favorites

  • I want my ATM

    ATMs on an international network are not easy to find in the North Luzon. Most big cities will have atleast one. In Bontoc, there is the LandBank (near Plaza) that has an ATM, but not on an international system, or atleast our card didn't work. We then tried the Philippines National Bank (PNB) and they have an ATM, which is inside surrounded by...

  • Talk with local kids!

    As I was traveling with my 11 year-old son we were always approached by children and adults that wanted to talk with us so it made it kind of nice to always talk with the local people!! Some people are very shy and others will talk all day long!

  • Screaming Pigs!

    This bunch of pigs was just screaming right near the Jeepney stop. So I had to take a picture of them! The big male kept biting the others! It scared my son to see such a mean pig!! One of his favorite movies when he was younger was "Babe Pig in the City" He thought all pigs were nice.


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