Natonin, Mountain Province

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Official seal of Natonin
Map of Mountain Province with Natonin highlighted
Map of Mountain Province with Natonin highlighted
Natonin is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 17°06′N 121°17′E / 17.1°N 121.28°E / 17.1; 121.28Coordinates: 17°06′N 121°17′E / 17.1°N 121.28°E / 17.1; 121.28
Country  Philippines
Region Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
Province Mountain Province
District Lone District of Mountain Province
Barangays 11 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Mateo L. Chiyawan
 • Electorate 7,163 voters (2016)
 • Total 252.00 km2 (97.30 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 10,272
 • Density 41/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2624
PSGC 144405000
IDD:area code +63 (0)74
Income class 4th municipal income class
Revenue (₱) 2,703,591.43 (2016)

Natonin, officially the Municipality of Natonin is a 4th class municipality in the province of Mountain Province, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 10,272 people.[3]


The municipality is very mountainous, with very little level ground lending itself to agriculture. The barangays are geographically isolated by high (700m) mountains covered in jungle.


Natonin is politically subdivided into 11 barangays.

  • Alunogan
  • Balangao
  • Banao
  • Banawel
  • Butac
  • Maducayan
  • Poblacion
  • Saliok
  • Santa Isabel
  • Tonglayan
  • Pudo


Population census of Natonin
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1918 5,118 —    
1939 5,999 +0.76%
1948 5,847 −0.28%
1960 9,397 +4.03%
1970 5,690 −4.89%
1975 6,691 +3.30%
1980 7,325 +1.83%
1990 9,813 +2.97%
1995 8,997 −1.61%
2000 9,065 +0.16%
2007 9,431 +0.55%
2010 10,048 +2.33%
2015 10,272 +0.42%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

The town is composed from people of two ethnic groups, the Balangaos and the Majukayongs. Most of the population refer to themselves as Igorots. The traditions and dialect of the Majukayongs are more closely related to Kalingan. It could be argued that the Majukayong are the southernmost Kalingan tribe. Headhunting was practiced in Maducayan as late as the mid-1930s, and was set aside in favor of Christianity and education after World War II.


The primary crop is rice, although a lack of arable land, lack of mechanization and no access to fertilizers limits the harvest to a subsistence level only. Families rely on small livestock populations to supplement the diet. Fruits and wild coffee are harvested from the forest. Poblacion boasts of numerous family ponds which raise tilapia for consumption. Due to the terrain, rice is planted on terraced fields. Locals consider the rice terraces of Natonin to be equal or surpassing those of Banaue to the south.


Transportation throughout Natonin is largely undeveloped roads. The only paved roads (as of 2007) are in Poblacion proper. Roads frequently become impassable in the rainy seasons. Some barangays (notably Maducayan) are inaccessible by road. Maducayan lies one mile beyond a recent road extension from the center of Saliok to the westernmost situ of Saliok.


Natonin have the following tourism sites:

  • The Legendary Silent Mountain of Binaratan - located in Barangay Maducayan.
  • The Apatan Rice Terraces
  • The Balococ Waterfall
  • The Naropaan Waterfall
  • Tongalayan Rice Terraces
  • Lagan river in Balangao


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Mountain Province". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Province of Mountain Province". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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