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Benguet Province
occupies the southern tip of the Cordillera Mountain Range in the northern part of the Luzon Island. It is bounded on the north by Ilocos Sur and the Mountain Province, on the east by Ifugao and Nueva Vizcaya, on the west by La Union, and on the south by Pangasinan. Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines, is located in the south central part of the Benguet Province.

BRIEF PROFILE
Capital: La Trinidad
Land Area: 2,833 km²
Population: 691,209 Incl. Baguio City (2010)
Cities: Bagio
Munacipalities: 13
Barangays: 140
Districts: Lone district of Benguet,
Lone district of Baguio City
Languages: Kankana-ey, Ibaloi, Kalanguya, Bontoc, Ilocano, Tagalog, English

The land_______________________________

Benguet is a plateau located about 1500 meters above sea level. Its rugged and sloping terrain is dotted with hot springs and rivers that drain into the valleys throughout the province.

Mt. Pulog, the second highest mountain of the country, can be found here.

Benguet possesses a pleasantly cool climate. It has wet and dry seasons of equal duration. From time to time, the province experiences heavy rainfall due to its elevation.

A Brief History___________________________

In 1908, Benguet became one the provinces absorbed by the newly-created Mountain Province.

On June 18, 1966, the old Mountain Province was divided into four provinces, one of which was Benguet.

As a result of a peace accord between the government and local revolutionaries, on July 15, 1987, the Cordillera Administrative Region was created. The province, subsequently, became a part of it.

The People______________________________

Benguet is the homeland of three tribes, collectively referred to as Igorots. The Ibaloi in the southeast, the Kankanai in the northwest and the Kalanguaya in the east.

All three tribes live in single-room houses raised on posts and topped by a pyramidal-thatched roof. They share common beliefs and observe common rituals. Their main source of income is through wood-carving, basket-making, and weaving.

The Ibalois speak Nabaloy, a dialect similar to Pangasinense. Kankanais speak Kalkali, which is related to the Bontoc dialect.

Commerce and Industry_____________________

Because of its temperate climate and magnificent scenic spots, tourism contributes much to its economy.

Benguet's leading agricultural activity is vegetable production. The major crops produced are white potatoes, beans, peas, strawberries, cabbage, lettuce and, carrots.

Agri-based business activities include monggo processing, fruit preservation, peanut brittle production, broom-making, basket weaving, and floriculture.

Gold as well as copper, pyrite, and limestone are mined in the province.

Getting There and Away_____________________

Buses from Manila travel to Baguio daily.

Domestic flights from Manila are also available.

Other Information__________________________

Different places of interest can be seen in Baguio City. Of these places, the more popular ones are Burnham Park, Mines View Park, and the Philippine Military Academy.

Kennon Road is a 32km-zigzag road starting from the La Union-Benguet boundary and ending in Baguio City. The upward climb reveals picturesque heights and lush greenery. The Bridal Veil and Colorado Falls can be seen along the way.

The Mummies of Kabayan is another tourist attraction. These are placed in capsule-shaped coffins and buried in caves in high cliffs. Some of these are brought down to the Kabayan Museum for exhibition. Others are displayed in the office of the governor at the Benguet Provincial Capitol.

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