Kiangan, Ifugao

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Nagacadan Rice Terraces
Nagacadan Rice Terraces
Map of Ifugao showing the location of Kiangan
Map of Ifugao showing the location of Kiangan
Kiangan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°47′N 121°05′E / 16.783°N 121.083°E / 16.783; 121.083Coordinates: 16°47′N 121°05′E / 16.783°N 121.083°E / 16.783; 121.083
Country Philippines
Region Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
Province Ifugao
District Lone District
Barangays 14
 • Mayor Joselito G. Guyguyon
 • Total 200.00 km2 (77.22 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 15,837
 • Density 79/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3604
Dialing code 74
Income class 4th class

Kiangan is a fourth class municipality in the province of Ifugao, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 15,837 people.[3]

Kiangan is the oldest town in the province. It derives its name from Kiyyangan, an ancient village near the bank of the Ibulao River across the Lagawe valley. The name Kiyyangan is enshrined in Ifugao mythology and is believed to be the dwelling of Wigan and Bugan, the mythological ancestors of the Ifugao. It was the former capital of Ifugao until the topology was deemed unfit and moved to neighboring Lagawe.

The Nagacadan Rice Terraces are part of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras World Heritage Site.


Kiangan is politically subdivided into 14 barangays.[2]

  • Ambabag
  • Baguinge
  • Bolog
  • Bokiawan
  • Dalligan
  • Duit
  • Hucab
  • Julongan
  • Lingay
  • Mungayang
  • Nagacadan
  • Pindongan
  • Poblacion
  • Tuplac


Population census of Kiangan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 21,329 —    
1995 13,514 −8.20%
2000 14,099 +0.91%
2007 15,448 +1.27%
2010 15,837 +0.91%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Locally spoken languages include Tuwali, Ayangan, Ilocano, Tagalog, and English.


War Memorial Shrine

Agriculture and tourism are the main source of local economic activities which supports commerce and trade among townsfolk. Its terraced rice fields do not only provide produce for the farmers but attract tourists as well.

  • Nagacadan Rice Terraces

The Nagacadan Rice Terraces is a UNESCO Heritage Site and one of the many rice terraces in the province of Ifugao. The rice terraces cluster manifest a distinct feature - the fields are in ascending rows of terraces bisected by a river.

  • Kiangan Shrine

Located in Kiangan is the Kiangan Central School old home economics building, which marks the spot where the highest Commander of the Japanese Imperial Army, General Tomoyuki Yamashita (also known as the Tiger of Malaya), surrendered to the Filipino & American Forces on 2 September 1945.


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: IFUGAO". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 

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