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Municipality of Natonin
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
RegionCordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
ProvinceMountain Province
DistrictLone District
Barangays11 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorMateo L. Chiyawan
 • Electorate7,163 voters (2016)
 • Total252.00 km2 (97.30 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total10,272
 • Density41/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)74
Income class4th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)72.2 million  (2016)
Native languagesBontobahari

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. It has a total land area of around 20 000 hectares.


The town is home to two indigenous languages which have been existing in the town even before the arrival of the Spanish. These languages are theBalangaw language and the Kinalinga language. Immigrants from the Ilocos region came in the 1970s and imported the Ilokano language during the martial law era.


Natonin is politically subdivided into 11 barangays.

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


Population census of Natonin
YearPop.±% 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 natives of the town are generally called Balangaos/ Iferangao who speak the Finerangao language. There are two sub-tribes namely Hakki who inhabit the western part of the town and the Majukayyongs who inhabit the Barangays of Saliok and Maducayan. The Majukayyongs initially came from Southern Kalinga. Populations of the town are of Igorot lineage. Headhunting was practiced in throughout Natonin 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
  • Penadna Waterfalls
  • Lettalet Waterfalls


  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. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  6. ^ "Province of Mountain Province". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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