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Apayao Province, Philippines

  • The province of Apayao is in Region XIV - Cordillera Administrative Region
  • Apayao is a 3rd Class province, has 7 Munincipalities and 133 Barangays. - Every barangay in the province of Apayao has an Interactive Webpage of its own.
  • Kabugao is the capital municipality of Apayao
  • Prior to 1995, Kalinga and Apayao comprised a single province named Kalinga-Apayao, until they were split into two to better service the needs of individual native tribes in the provinces.


Geography of Apayao, Philippines

Land Area of Apayao (as of 2007, in hectares): 441335

Location of Apayao, Philippines

  • 17.7500° N, 121.2500° E - Apayao, Coordinates

The Province of Apayao is one of the six provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). It is located at the northwestern part of Luzon. It is bounded on the East and North by the Province of Cagayan, on the West by the Province of Ilocos Norte and Abra, on the South by the Province of Kalinga. (Figure 1 Regional Location)

History of Apayao, Philippines

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Although Apayao was among the earliest areas penetrated by the Spaniards in the Cordilleras, the region, inhabited by the Isneg tribe, remained largely outside Spanish control until late in the 19th century. As early as 1610, the Dominican friars established a mission in what is now the town of Pudtol. In 1684, the friars again made vain attempts to convert the people and established a church in what is now Kabugao. The ruins of the early churches in Pudtol and Kabugao still stand as mute testimony to the failed attempts to occupy Apayao.

The Spanish authorities were then able to establish the comandancias of Apayao and Cabugaoan in 1891, which covered the western and eastern portions of what is now Apayao. The comandancias, however, failed to bring total control and the Spanish government only maintained a loose hold over the area.

The Americans established the Mountain Province on August 13, 1908, with the enactment of Act No. 1876. Apayao, along with Amburayan, Benguet, Bontoc, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Lepanto, became sub-provinces of this new province. Before this, Apayao had been a part of Cagayan province.

In 1942, Japanese Imperial forces entered Apayao, starting a three-year occupation of the province during the Second World War. Philippine Commonwealth Army troops and the military forces of the USAFIP-NL 11th and 66th Infantry Regiment, supported by the Cordilleran guerrillas, drove out the Japanese in 1945.

After almost 60 years, on June 18, 1966, the huge Mountain Province was split into four provinces with the enactment of Republic Act No. 4695. The four provinces were Benguet, Bontoc (renamed Mountain Province), Kalinga-Apayao and Ifugao. Kalinga-Apayao, along with Ifugao, became one of the provinces of the Cagayan Valley region in 1972.

On July 15, 1987, the Cordillera Administrative Region was established and Kalinga-Apayao was made one of its provinces. Finally, on February 14, 1995, Kalinga-Apayao was split into two distinct provinces with the passage of Republic Act No. 7878.

The merged outlines of Apayao and Kalinga resemble a bust of a man akin to former President Ferdinand Marcos (looking toward his home province, Ilocos Norte) whom the media called as the "Great Profile" during the Marcos Era.

People of Apayao, Philippines

  • Total Population of Apayao (as of 2010): 112,636
  • Total Population of Apayao (as of Aug 1, 2007): 103,633
  • Registered Voters (2010): 51,289



People, Culture and the Arts

The Isnegs, Ilocanos, and Itawits form the majority of the people living in the province of Apayao.

The Isnegs are the indigenous people of the province and are interchangeably referred as Apayaos. The term "Isneg" was derived from a combination of "is" meaning "recede" and "uneg" meaning "interior". Thus, it means people who have gone into the interior. The Ilocanos inhabit the river valleys and plains and most migrated into the region in the last fifty years.

Up until recently, the Isnegs were slash and burn agriculturists. They have increasingly abandoned the practice and have adopted intensive rice cultivation in stead. The Isneg are noted basket and mat weavers and the womenfolk trade their products for cloth, pots and materials from Ilocano traders.

Isneg women have been known to favor colorful garments for their traditional costumes, which consist of both small and large wrap-around pieces of cloth called the aken. The smaller piece is used as everyday wear, while the large one is reserved for ceremonial occasions. They also wear the badio, a short-waisted, long-sleeved blouse, which is either plain or heavily embroidered. Menfolk, on the other hand, are traditionally clothed in dark-colored (often plain blue) G-string called abag, which on special occasions is adorned with an iput – a lavishly colored tail attached to the back end.

Isneg oral tradition is rich with folk riddles. Many of these structurally simple but elegant two liners with a few syllables and rhymed at the end, present a riddle. Some Isnegs possess skills in traditional and oral arts, such as the magpayaw (shouters), the singers of the oggayam, and the debaters who joust with anenas (oral poetry). There are others held in esteem as musicians such as those who display prowess in playing the difficult gorabil, a bamboo violin.

Elected Government Officials of Apayao, Philippines

Elected officials of Apayao for the term of 2013-2016
  1. Romero, Shirley Kirtug
  2. Amid, Frederick Castro
  3. Agunos, Sedolito Bernard Amid
  4. Umingli, Angel Enciso
  • Second District Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board Members):
  1. Galleon, Catalina Caluducan
  2. Albano, Remy Negre
  3. Balanay, Bobby Acebedo
  4. Ballesteros, Mailah Haylee Lorenzo

Elected officials of Apayao for the term of 2010-2013

Elected officials of Apayao for the term of 2007-2010

Barangays Elected Officials of Apayao

Businesses in Apayao, Philippines

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How to Improve Your Business and Livelihood

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  • UPLiFT stands for Urban Program for Livelihood Finance and Training. - Website
  • DSWD Pro-poor and Livelihood Programs - Website

Real Estate or Properties for Sale or lease in Apayao, Philippines

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Trade and Investments of the Apayao Province


Apayao's development rests upon the foundation of its rich natural resources. Forests cover around 66% of its total land area, and produce timber, rattan and bamboo. About 19% of the province's land area is dedicated to agricultural production. Palay, coffee, corn, root crops and vegetables are the primary crops, while fruits such as citrus, bananas and pineapples are the main commercial crops. The province also raises swine, carabao, cattle, goat, chicken and duck. There are untapped deposits of gold and copper, phosphate, siliceous sand and shale. The total employable work force is numbered at about 43,000.

The provincial capitol, Kabugao, is accessible from Cagayan, Ilocos Norte and Kalinga via an 86-kilometer system of roads. The Municipal Telephone Project Office provides international and domestic telephone services. Local power cooperatives distribute power to nearly all the municipalities of the province and water is supplied by communal water systems, deep wells and dug wells. The Land Bank of the Philippines and a rural bank provide credit facilities within the province.

Apayao is anchoring its economy on its resource base but needs investments in key areas like communication, transportation, power generation, banking, and infrastructure. Agriculture remains the province's main potential. Marketing agricultural inputs, such as fertilizers, farm machinery, seeds and feeds offer a profitable opportunity for investors. Agriculture related manufacturing, such as food processing, can make use of the abundance of raw materials since the province produces banana, squash, corn, peanuts, beans, fruits and vegetables. Handicraft manufacture can also take advantage of the availability of forest and mineral resources like rattan, nito, bamboo, wood, marble and gemstones. The mineral resources of the province are also open to small and medium scale mining operations. The province's rivers can also be tapped for bottled water operations since most are classified as A-1 in purity. Apayao's tourism potential is hardly explored but given the natural beauty of the province, as well as the unique culture and heritage of the people, Apayao can cash in on eco-tourism ventures, adventure sports promotions and cultural tourism. Developing the nascent tourism industry in Apayao will need investments in hotels, restaurants, and tourist support services.


Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Apayao, Philippines

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Schools in Apayao, Philippines

School year 2015-2016 starts Monday, June 1, 2015 and ends Friday, April 1, 2016, for public elementary and secondary schools. The SY will consist of 201 school days, inclusive of the five-day In-Service Training (INSET) break. The different school events and activities, including the number of school days per quarter, are contained in Enclosure No. 1. Source: Department of Education

List of High Schools in the province of Apayao
  • Apayao Nat'l Industrial. & Agricultural HS : Public High School - Calanasan
  • Calanasan NHS : Public High School - Calanasan
  • Pio Dalim Mem. SAT : Public High School - Calanasan
  • Conner Central NHS : Public High School
  • Conner NHS : Public High School
  • Gov. Benjamin Leguiyab, Sr. Mem. NHS : Public High School
  • Flora NHS : Public High School
  • Mayor Ricardo de San Jose, Sr. Comp. HS : Public High School
  • Kabugao Agro-Ind'l. HS : Public High School
  • Mayor Bartolome Serut NATHS : Public High School
  • Apayao Science HS : Public High School
  • Bacda NHS : Public High School
  • Luna NHS : Public High School
  • Luna NHS - Tumog Annex : Public High School
  • Marag Valley Agr'l. and Trade HS : Public High School
  • Mataguisi Comp. HS : Public High School
  • Pudtol NHS : Public High School
  • Barocboc NHS : Public High School
  • Mayor Guillermo Barsalan SAT : Public High School
  • Sipa-Imelda NHS : Public High School

Economy of Apayao, Philippines

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Jobs in Apayao Philippines

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Natural Resources of Apayao, Philippines

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It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.

Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!

Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.

The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.

To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.

Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More

We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.

This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.


  • Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
  • +63-2-929-6626

We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.

Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power. We have too many black outs.

Tourists Attractions of Apayao, Philippines

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Festivals, Fiestas and Traditions of Apayao, Philippines

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Apayao News

DSWD sets P46.4M for Cordillera shelter project

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has allocated funds for the construction of core shelter units for the victims of typhoons Emong, Juan, and Peping.

DSWD has set P46.4 million under the Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) for the construction of 801 core shelter units.

According the DSWD regional director Leonardo C. Reynoso, 232 units have been completed and handed over to beneficiaries while 266 units are being constructed and 303 units are up for construction.

A total of 81 shelter units have been constructed in Apayao, 51 units in Ifugao, 115 in Kalinga, and 507 shelter units in Mt. Province.

CSAP is a rehabilitation program which aims to provide structurally strong shelter units that can withstand 180-220 kph wind velocity to families whose houses were totally destroyed by natural and man-made calamities and who have no capacity to build or construct their own units.

The project aims to reduce the number of homeless families every year by providing a structurally strong indigenous shelter develop and promote the value of self-reliance among the beneficiaries and the community.

The core shelter unit is designed and constructed within a 60-80 square meter area with two bed rooms, a rest room, and a kitchen. The core shelter is put up in cooperation with the local government units, community, concerned line agencies and the counterpart of the family beneficiaries.

The “bayanihan” system is also being practiced by the people in the community to fast truck the building of houses, Reynoso explained.

Philippine News

  • PH could be next global investment, IT hub
  • Friday, February 5, 2016 12:18 am
The Philippines has the potential to become a global investment destination and the next big information technology hub by liberalizing foreign restrictions on property ownership, said an executive from the Indian unit of international property consulting firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).
Ramesh Nair, chief operating officer and international director at Jones Lang Lasalle Property Consultants (India) Pvt. Ltd. spoke at the Asia CEO forum yesterday and shared India’s experience on how it built its $150-billion information technology/business process outsourcing (BPO) industry ........ Full Story»

  • Low costs in PH seen luring more investors
  • Thursday, February 4, 2016 1:00 am
Amid low labor and production costs, the Philippines is seen attracting more foreign investments in industries that employ skilled workers, such as banking and finance, business process outsourcing (BPO) as well as manufacturing, according to the Department of Finance’s chief economist.
In an economic bulletin, Finance Undersecretary Gil S. Beltran noted that the latest Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas data showed that the sectors that attracted the most foreign direct investment (FDI) as of end-October last year were manufacturing as well as financial and insurance activities ........ Full Story»

  • PSL tankers target 8 gold medals in Tokyo Championship
  • Friday, February 4, 2016 8:29 pm
TOKYO: The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will be gunning for eight gold medals in the 2016 Tokyo Winter Swimming Championship beginning on Sunday at the St. Mary’s International School swimming pool here in Japan.
PSL President Susan Papa named Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque (girls’ 9), Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy (boys’ 8) and Joey Del Rosario of De La Salle-Zobel (boys’ 8) as the brightest hopes to deliver gold medals in their respective age bands ................................ Full Story»

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The oldest living man or woman in Apayao, Philippines

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Apayao, Philippines supports Philippine Cycling

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Cycling Activity to Participate In

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  • ILOILO CITY, April 27-May 2, 2015 (PNA) – Some 5,000 bikers are expected to join the second Iloilo Bike Festival slated April 27-May 2, 2015 as the city continues to aspire to become a bike-able walkable metropolis. The activity that supported by the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) and Megaworld Iloilo aims to promote Iloilo as a safe and bike friendly city, promote the share-a-road movement encourage Ilonggos to commute via biking and raise Ilonggos awareness on the benefits of biking on health, safety and environment concerns. Read More....
  • CYCLING Le Tour de Filipinas 2015 set as country celebrates 60 years of top-caliber cycling Feb 1 to Feb 4 2015 - View the result of the race: A four stage race. Stage 1 starts in Balanga and back to Balanga for a 126K race Feb 1, 2015 (Sunday); stage 2 starts in Balanga, Bataan to Iba, Zambales for a 154.7 K race Feb 2, 2015 (Monday); stage 3 starts in Iba, Zambales to Lingayen, Pangasinan for a 150.1K race Feb 3, 2015 (Tuesday); stage 4 starts in Lingayen, Pangasinan to Baguio City, Benguet for a 101.7K race Feb 4, 2015 (Wednesday). For a total distance of 532.5 Kms. Read More >>>
  • Ronda Pilipinas: Feb 8 - 27 2015:>> Discovering young riders for the national team will be the main objective of the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2015 when the country’s premiere cycling race hits the road on Feb. 8 in Butuan City. Ronda Pilipinas executive project director Moe Chulani said the international multistage bikathon, which ends on Feb. 27, will have two qualifying legs of four stages each in Mindanao and the Visayas where the top riders will advance to face a tough foreign challenge in the six-stage Luzon finale. Read More>>>

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