Kabayan, Benguet

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Official seal of Kabayan
Map of Benguet showing the location of Kabayan
Map of Benguet showing the location of Kabayan
Kabayan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°37′N 120°51′E / 16.617°N 120.850°E / 16.617; 120.850Coordinates: 16°37′N 120°51′E / 16.617°N 120.850°E / 16.617; 120.850
Country  Philippines
Region Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
Province Benguet
District Lone district of Benguet
Barangays 13
 • Mayor Faustino Minas Aquisan
 • Total 242.69 km2 (93.70 sq mi)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 13,588
 • Density 56/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2606
Dialing code 74
Income class 4th class

Kabayan is a fourth class municipality in the province of Benguet, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 13,588 people.[2] It is one of the vegetable farming towns in the province of Benguet. The imposing Mount Pulag, the third highest mountain in the Philippines, is located in the territorial boundary of the town. Kabayan is also known for its centuries-old Ibaloi mummies buried inside caves scattered around the villages in the town.


Kabayan is politically subdivided into 13 barangays.[1]

  • Adaoay
  • Anchokey
  • Ballay
  • Bashoy
  • Batan
  • Duacan
  • Eddet
  • Gusaran
  • Kabayan Barrio
  • Lusod
  • Pacso
  • Poblacion (Central)
  • Tawangan


Population census of Kabayan
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 10,306 —    
1995 10,510 +0.39%
2000 12,344 +3.27%
2007 12,657 +0.36%
2010 13,588 +2.39%
Source: National Statistics Office[2][3]


Kabayan is best known for the antiquated centuries-old mummies and Mount Pulag, the third highest mountain in the Philippines. The Kabayan mummy burial caves are officially proclaimed Philippine National Cultural Treasures pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 374, and is under consideration as a World Heritage Site.[4] The mummified body of Apo Annu, a tribal leader, was stolen but recovered by an antique collector and was returned to the town. Archaeologists from various countries have visited the town to promote preservation of the mummies due to deterioration of the cadavers. The caves containing the cadavers of these mummies have been declared by Monument Watch as one of the "100 Most Endangered Sites" in the world.[5]

Mount Pulag on the other hand is a favorite destination for mountaineers, hikers, including picnickers. At its summit, the climbers can see the surroundings of the whole north Luzon.


  1. ^ a b "Province: Benguet". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Province of Benguet". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kabayan Mummy Burial Caves". Tentative Lists. UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Kabayan Branch". National Museum of the Philippines. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 

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