Kabayan is a municipality in the province of Benguet.
Places of Interest
The following are places of interest, tourist attractions and/or notable landmarks in Kabayan.
- Mount Pulag – at 2,922 masl, it is the highest peak in Luzon, and the 3rd highest in the Philippines, after Mounts Apo and Dulang-dulang, both located in Mindanao. Designated as a national park, Mount Pulag is home to rare and endangered plant and animal species. It sits in the boundaries of Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya. At least 4 trails have been established by mountaineering pioneers: the Akiki Trail in Benguet, the Ambaguio Trail in Nueva Vizcaya, the Ambangeg Trail in Benguet, and the Traverse from Mount Ugo in Benguet and Nueva Vizcaya.
- Kabayan Museum – a branch of the National Museum that displays artifacts and relics left by the ancestors of the highland tribes. The collection of ancient and authentic materials gives an understanding of the customs and traditions of the ancient people in Benguet. The ethnolinguistic groups of this province are the Ibaloi, Kankanaey, Kalanguya, and Karao.
- Tinongchol Burial Rock – is a towering solid rock with man-made holes for accommodating antiquated wooden coffins that contain mummified corpses.
- Timbac I & II Burial Caves – are rock chambers used as graves for mummies kept in oval-shaped or rectangular wooden coffins. Exact location and information on whether these funeral caves are open for viewing may be ascertained with the regional offices of the Department of Tourism or National Museum or the LGU authorities. For their protection and preservation, these sacred burial sites are not always open to the public. Considering that the Kabayan Fire Mummies have been declared as a National Cultural Treasure, they must be kept safe and protected not only from vandals and looters but also from unnecessary exposure to destructive natural elements like insect/fungus infestation, moisture, and the like.
- Opdas Mass Burial Cave – is the site of hundreds of skulls and other skeletal remains which are neatly arranged on laddered ledges built out of stones and cement. A marker indicates that these ancient bones are approximately 500 to 1000 years old. Carbon dating was done by the University of Tokyo of Japan.
- Mount Tabayoc – at 2,842 masl, it is the fifth highest mountain in the Philippines.
- 4 Mountain Lakes – are located in Barangay Ballay. These are Lakes Tabeyo, Ambulalacao/Bulalacao, Latep Ngapos, and Incolos. These inland bodies of freshwater are situated along the so-called “Four Lakes Trail” or the “Tabeyo Trail”.
- Eddet River – named after the barangay where it is located. This river is found along the Akiki Trail, one of the established paths to reach the Mount Pulag summit. A campsite which is near this river sits at the base of the famous mountain. Mountain climbers and trekkers bound for the apex also cross this river by way of a hanging bridge.
- Saint Francis Xavier Parish Church – located in Barangay Poblacio
- Adivay Festival – is a province-wide and month-long celebration held every November. The activities include a Grand Cañao, search for the Mr. and Ms. Benguet, sports events, cultural presentations, rodeo, horseback riding competition, and agri-tourism fair, among others. As the name implies, the festival is a special event for the coming together of the 13 municipalities of Benguet to celebrate as one. Also meant as a thanksgiving for the official foundation of the province. Adivay Festival activities take place in the capital town of Benguet in La Trinidad.
- Bendian Festival – annual festival in Kabayan which lasts from April to May. Bendian is a circle dance which is a time-honored ritual among the Ibalois, performed primarily as thanksgiving to Kabunian for an abundant harvest. Other conditions that justify the holding of a bendian are: prolonged illness with a petition for healing; a calamity hitting the area with a petition for protection and deliverance; and during famine or drought with a plea for assistance. This circle dance symbolizes unity among the participants, whose number may grow into multitude as more and more are drawn into the circle. As a “town festival”, Bendian has become a celebration of the unity among the inhabitants of Kabayan.
Map of Kabayan
* For more information about Kabayan, check its PhilAtlas profile.
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