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The Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Flag of Ifugao
Official seal of Ifugao
Location in the Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°50′N 121°10′E / 16.833°N 121.167°E / 16.833; 121.167Coordinates: 16°50′N 121°10′E / 16.833°N 121.167°E / 16.833; 121.167
Country Philippines
Region Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
Founded June 18, 1966
Capital Lagawe
 • Type Province of the Philippines
 • Governor Denis Habawel (Independent)
 • Vice Governor Pedro Mayam-o (LP)
 • Total 2,628.21 km2 (1,014.76 sq mi)
Area rank 51st out of 81
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 191,078
 • Rank 72nd out of 81
 • Density 73/km2 (190/sq mi)
 • Density rank 74th out of 81
 • Independent cities 0
 • Component cities 0
 • Municipalities 11
 • Barangays 175
 • Districts Lone district of Ifugao
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3600 to 3610
Dialing code 74
ISO 3166 code PH-IFU
Spoken languages Ifugao, Tuwali, Ayangan, Kalanguya, Ilocano, Tagalog, English

Ifugao is a landlocked province of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. Its capital is Lagawe and borders Benguet to the west, Mountain Province to the north, Isabela to the east, and Nueva Vizcaya to the south.

The Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras and Banaue Rice Terraces are the main tourist attractions in the province. These 2000-year-old terraces were carved into the mountains, without the aid of machinery, they used their "bare" hands to provide level steps where the natives can plant rice. In 1995, they were declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[3]


Ifugao is named after the term "i-pugo" ("i" [from/people] and "pugo" [hill]), which translates to people of the hill.[4]


Spanish regime[edit]

During the Spanish occupation, Ifugao was under the jurisdiction of the province of Nueva Vizcaya.[5][6] In 1891, the Spanish government established Quiangan as a comandancia-politico-militar[7][8] for the Ifugao area.[9]

The Spanish occupation in the province ended with the outbreak of the Philippine Revolution.

American occupation[edit]

On August 18, 1908, Ifugao was separated from Nueva Vizcaya[10] and, along with Amburayan, Apayao, Benguet, Bontoc, Kalinga and Lepanto, was annexed to the newly-created Mountain Province established by the Philippine Commission with the enactment of Act No. 1876.[11][7][5]

World War II[edit]

Ifugao became the center of warfare in the last year of World War II when Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita launched his last stand against the American and Philippine Commonwealth forces at Mount Napulawan. He informally surrendered to Captain Grisham of the 6th US Army in the Philippines based in Kiangan,[5] before he was flown to Camp John Hay where he formally surrendered.

Post-war era[edit]

On June 18, 1966, Republic Act No. 4695 was enacted, and Ifugao was converted into a regular province when the huge Mountain Province was split into four (the other three being Benguet, Mountain Province, and Kalinga-Apayao).[12][4] Ifugao and Kalinga-Apayao were placed under the jurisdiction of the Cagayan Valley region.[5][13]

On July 15, 1987, the Cordillera Administrative Region was established by then-President Corazon Aquino thru Executive Order 220, and Ifugao was made one of its provinces.[5][14][15]

In 1992, Republic Act No. 07173 was enacted, separating several barangays from Kiangan and constituting them under a new municipality known as Asipulo.[16][17]

Since 1992, the province has been observing every September 2 as “Victory Day”, commemorating the valor of Philippine war veterans and the surrender of General Tomoyuki Yamashita in the municipality of Kiangan on September 2, 1945.[18][19][20]

In 1995, the Batad Rice Terraces, Bangaan Rice Terraces (both in Banaue), Mayoyao Rice Terraces (in Mayoyao), Hungduan Rice Terraces (in Hungduan) and Nagacadan Rice Terraces (in Kiangan, Ifugao) were inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site under the collective name "Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras".[3]


Covering a total land area of 2,628.2 km², the province of Ifugao is located in a mountainous region characterized by rugged terrain, river valleys, and massive forests.


Ifugao is divided into 11 municipalities, all of which belong a lone legislative district.[21][22]

Political map of Ifugao
  †  Provincial capital
Seal Municipality Land area
(per km2)
No. of
ZIP code Income

Aguinaldo 538.05 18,610 35 16 3606 2nd Ifugao Map locator-Aguinaldo.png
Alfonso Lista Ifugao.png Alfonso Lista
347.46 28,410 82 20 3608 3rd Ifugao Map locator-Alfonso Lista.png
Asipulo Ifugao.png Asipulo 182.87 14,403 79 9 3610 5th Ifugao Map locator-Asipulo.png
Banaue 191.20 22,365 120 18 3601 4th Ifugao Map locator-Banaue.png
Hingyon 62.02 9,795 160 12 3607 5th Ifugao Map locator-Hingyon.png
Hungduan 260.30 9,933 38 9 3603 4th Ifugao Map locator-Hungduan.png
Kiangan 200.00 15,837 79 14 3604 4th Ifugao Map locator-Kiangan.png
Lagawe 208.91 18,077 87 20 3600 4th Ifugao Map locator-Lagawe.png
LamutIfugaojf0449a.JPG Lamut 159.65 23,088 140 18 3605 4th Ifugao Map locator-Lamut.png
Mayoyao Ifugao.png Mayoyao 238.05 16,413 69 27 3602 4th Ifugao Map locator-Mayoyao.png
Tinoc Ifugao.png Tinoc 239.70 14,147 59 12 3609 4th Ifugao Map locator-Tinoc.png
Ph seal ifugao.png Ifugao Total 2,628.21 191,078 73 175 3600 - 3610 3rd[21] CAR Map - Ifugao location.png
*Italicized names are former names.


The 11 municipalities of the province comprise a total of 175 barangays, with Santa Maria in Alfonso Lista (Potia) as the most populous in 2010, and Banga in Lagawe as the least.[22][21]

Further information: List of barangays in Ifugao


Population census of Ifugao
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 147,281 —    
1995 149,598 +0.29%
2000 161,623 +1.67%
2007 180,711 +1.55%
2010 191,078 +2.05%
Source: National Statistics Office[2][23]

Based on the 2000 census survey, Ifugao are the majority of the province population with them comprising about 67.9% of the population. other ethnic groups living in the province are the Ilocanos 13.7%, Kalahan 8.6%, Ayangan 6.2% 0.6%.[24] [25]

The people of Ifugao province are called Ifugaos, but mistakenly called by non-Cordilleran as Igorots. Ifugaos, despite the similarities in some cultural traditions and practices, are considered a separate ethnic group from Igorots.

As of today`s total number of population of Tinguian in the province of Ifugao is 2,609. (source: National Statistics Office)

Rice culture[edit]

A traditional house in Ifugao.

Ifugao culture revolves around rice, which is considered a prestige crop. There is an elaborate and complex array of rice culture feasts inextricably linked with taboos and intricate agricultural rites, from rice cultivation to rice consumption. Harvest season calls for grandiose thanksgiving feasts, while the concluding harvest rites "tungo" or "tungul" (the day of rest) entail a strict taboo of any agricultural work. Partaking of the rice wine (bayah), rice cakes, and 'moma' (mixture of several herbs, powdered snail shell and betel nut/ arecoline: and acts as a chewing gum to the Ifugaos) is an indelible practice during the festivities and ritual activitiess. their retual and Agricultural terracing is their principal means of livelihood along with farming. Their social status is measured by the number of rice field granaries, family heirlooms, gold earrings, carabaos (water buffaloes), as well as, prestige conferred through time and tradition. The more affluent, known as kadangyan were usually generous by nature, giving rice to poor neighbors in time of food shortage(s) and/or hardship(s). Furthermore, their culture was known for their legal system, using one of the world's most extensive oral legal traditions specifying the offense depending on the use of custom law; trial by elders (influenced in part by public opinion); or trial by ordeal. The wealthy were subjected to greater fines than the poor.

A village in the Batad rice terraces

Untouched by the influences of Spanish colonialism, Ifugao culture value kinship, family ties, religious and cultural beliefs. They're unique among all ethnic groups in the mountain province, not only for their interesting customs and traditions but also for their narrative literature such as the hudhud, an epic dealing with hero ancestors sung in a poetic manner. Another feature unique to the Ifugao is their woodcarving art, most notably the carved granary guardians bului and the prestige bench of the upper class, the hagabi. Their textiles renowned for their sheer beauty, colorful blankets and clothing woven on looms. Houses were well-built, characterized by as a square with wooden floors, windowless walls, and pyramidal thatch roofs. Elevated from the ground by four sturdy tree trunks, they feature removable staircases that were hoisted up at night to prevent entry by enemies and/or wild animals. Lastly, their attire remain traditional for male Ifugaos, donning the wanno or g-string; there are six types of wanno which are used depending on the occasion or the man's social status. Ifugao women, on the contrary, wear tapis, a wraparound skirt; there are five kinds of skirts worn, depending on the occasion and/or status of the woman/girl.


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