Mountain Province

Mountain Province
Mountain Province
Lalawigang Bulubundukin
—  Province  —


Map of the Philippines with Mountain Province highlighted
Coordinates: 17°05′N 121°10′E / 17.083°N 121.167°E / 17.083; 121.167Coordinates: 17°05′N 121°10′E / 17.083°N 121.167°E / 17.083; 121.167
Country Philippines
Region Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
Founded 1908
Capital Bontoc
 - Governor Leonard Mayaen (Nacionalista)
 - Total 2,097.3 km2 (809.8 sq mi)
Area rank 72nd out of 80
Population (2007)
 - Total 148,661
 - Rank 75th out of 80
 - Density 70.9/km2 (183.6/sq mi)
 - Density rank 59th out of 80
 - Independent cities 0
 - Component cities 0
 - Municipalities 10
 - Barangays 144
 - Districts Lone district of Mountain Province
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP Code
Spoken languages Ilocano, Bontoc, Kankana-ey, Tagalog, English

Mountain Province (Filipino:Lalawigang Bulubundukin) is a landlocked province of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. Its capital is Bontoc and borders, clockwise from the south, Ifugao, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Kalinga, and Isabela.

Mountain Province is sometimes incorrectly named Mountain in some foreign references. The name is also incorrectly shortened by locals to Mt. Province, which in turn is read by native Anglophones as "Mount Province". The province was named so for being in the Cordillera Central mountain range found in the upper realms of Luzon island.

Mountain Province was also the name of the historical province that included most of the current Cordillera provinces. This old province was established by the Americans in 1908 and was later split in 1966 into Mountain Province, Benguet, Kalinga, Apayao and Ifugao. Mountain province is known for its Mummy caves which contain naturally mummified bodies which probably became so due to the humid atmosphere. The hanging Coffins are also found in the province, these are literally coffins hanging on to the branches of trees, many tourists claim there is no foul odor, the bodies were probably mummified by the atmosphere according to theory.


People and culture


Mountain Province is subdivided into ten municipalities. The current representative for Congress is Maximo Dalog.

Municipalities of Mountain Province


Based on the 2000 census survey, 52% of the population are Kankana-ey. Other ethnic groups living in the province are the Balangao 13.6%, Ibontoc 12%, and other ethnicity compromise about 21.6% of the province's population.[1]


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