Barlig Flickr Show

[Public Photos of Barlig in Flickr. Search by Tag: Barlig]

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Ps. contribute your Barlig Photos through flickr.com/groups/barlig/.

[Public Photos of Barlig in Flickr. Search by word: Barlig]
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Ps. contribute your Barlig Photos through flickr.com/groups/barlig/.




Land Area (in Hectares): 22,864
Total Population*: 5,838
No. of Registered Voters**: 4,069
Income Class: 5TH CLASS
No. of Barangays: 11

  History and Government   The old story goes that there was once a mother who was a very good weaver. She oftentimes went to the woods to get weaving barks, accompanied by her son. Her son wore a g-string and a sleeveless shirt which she wove after days of gathering, spinning and tying together weaving barks. One day, the mother called her son to an empty house to weave. The two had just started weaving when the boy saw two strange men coming down the hill. The two men were tall, white and talked like a blackbird. They were laughing as they reached the two who stopped weaving and who just bowed their heads because of fear. The other man tapped the shoulder of the boy, who was standing and holding the wood used for tightening the thread, and asked “what is your name?”. The boy, still afraid, did not respond and just kept his head bowed. The man repeated his question which the mother, thinking the man was asking what her son was holding, answered “Fialikiana”. The man uttered with a deep breath “Fialikia” while the other man asked “what is the name of this village?”. The mother again answered “Fialikia” even though she did not understand what was asked. Both men then made a conclusion that the village’s name was “Fialikia”, and left the place. Many years later, a group of white people arrived in the place to educate the people. They taught the children saying, “the name of this village is Fialikia”. Then another group of white people came and straightened the name “Fialikia” to “Barlig” since “Fialikia” was difficult for them to pronounce. From then on the place was called “Barlig”. In 1992 to 1995, Yolanda Amogan was elected to office as mayor, Julio Agrayan was elected from 1995 to 1998, and Aloysius Matib was elected in the 1998 elections for a term of 3 years. Barlig is divided into three tribes of eleven barangays, namely: Barlig tribe which consists of barangay Lingoy, Latang, Macalana, Fiangtin, Gawana or the Poblacion; Lias tribe consisting of two barangays, Lias Silangan and Lias Kanluran; and Kadaclan tribe consisting of four barangays, Lunas, Chupac, Kaleo and Ogo-og.

1 Chupac 642
2 Fiangtin 570
3 Gawana (Pob.) 759
4 Kaleo 796
5 Latang 427
6 Lias Kanluran 501
7 Lias Silangan 464
8 Lingoy 240
9 Lunas 590
10 Macalana 310
11 Ogoog 539
References:*   – 2010 NSO Census of Population **  – 2010 Partial Data from COMELEC  

Its Land  Barlig is located at the southeastern part of Mt. Province. It is bounded on the north by the province of Kalinga, on the south by the province of Ifugao, on the west by Bontoc and on the east by Natonin. Its terrain is rugged, with tall mountains and deep canyons. Settlements are situated along narrow banks of river/streams flowing through the Tanudan river or on slightly sloping mountain sides. Barlig enjoys two seasons, the wet and the dry. The wet season starts from April and ends November while the dry season lasts from December to March. This implies that out of twelve months each year, water supply from rain is sufficient for eight months. Its Inhabitants  Based on the 1995 Census of Population, Barlig has a total population of 7,477 with 7,471 households. Mortality rate is 2.09/1000 population and morbidity rate is 312.61/1000 population. The leading causes of mortality are: Pneumonia (7% of the total population), Vascular Disease (4% of the total population), Congestive Heart Failure (4% of the total population), Bleeding Peptic Ulcer (3% of the total population), and diarrhea (1% of the total population). Its Economy Palay is the main crop in Barlig with an estimated production of 1,575 tons per hectare. This is supplemented with root crops and vegetables. However, production is not enough even for household consumption. Other crops produced in small volumes are bananas, root crops, corn, coffee and other vegetables such as beans, habichuelas, cabbage, chayote and sitao. Fruits like citrus, banana, coffee, avocado and pineapple are also produced for home consumption. Swine is the most common livestock raised in the municipality even if swine-raising is not profitable due to the very cold climate which deters the growth of pigs. Cattle-raising may be a feasible livelihood activity because of the green vegetation but the steep terrain is not suitable for pasture. Barlig is famous for its rattan weaving specifically of back packs (“pasiking”). Products are sold outside the locality on a commercial scale. Due to this situation, rattan is in danger of depletion. Tourist Attractions and Places of Interest

  • Mornang Hot Spring
  • Lingoy Hot Spring
  • Mount Amuyao Barlig Rice Terraces

REFERENCE: CORDILLERA ALMANAC By: DILG-CAR, Copyright 1999 Vol. I – Local Government Units   source : http://dilgcar.com/index.php/lgu/car-profile/mt-province/barlig

by Benglay Fernandez on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 1:30am

My Father, Albano Lamaton Died on Saturday, August 01,2009 at around 6:15 Philippine Time. He was 86 years old when he passed away and my mom FE Lamaton died January 09, 2012. She was 76. Their  Death was sudden, quite expected but hard to accept. And while the moment of their departures seems to be peaceful, its still hard to believe people full of vitality, strength, humor and love could fade. They left this world with my sisters and grandchildren on their side.  I am touched by my relatives, Friends, brothers and sisters  who were present during thier weakest moments for they experienced that once in a lifetime experience  when you see the strongest people you’ve always looked up to, passing away. I thank you all for the undying love, care and support that you have all extended to my family. That gave us  the strength to keep fighting to sustain us in our final moments to see our loving parents go home. I also thank  all the people who gave respect to thier wake…. The joy and radiant presence they shared, and time they have shared with us to give  us  more reasons to keep going even though we  lost the  PARENTS we have loved  and owed our lives.

My DAD / MOM  are the finest people I have ever known.. Their spirit will always live in my heart.

They were  a self-made people of extraordinary magnitude, extremely intelligent in their own ways, successful , and full of light and humor even at the most difficult times in my growing  life.

They were my source of strength and inspiration. During my growing years I was your most difficult child , but for whatever reason you both  gave me that 100% unconditional, undying love and hopes that I will still rise amidst my turbulent teenage years.

Dad / MOM I cant find the right words to discribe you both, coz you were perfect in my sight…Pages and pages of paper is not enough to write everything that you’ve done to keep me going.

I try to put a face of you in my mind and all I see is vastness of joy… how could you have that kind of love and patience????

You were a perfect parents  and provider to the family. I still remeber that first guitar that you gave when I was still in grade 6… Dad I just miss you… and Mom for all those nights that you have to stay awake just to hear me sneak back home at night, and pretend that nothing happened in the morning….. You were such a ray of sunshine…I LOVE YOU BOTH….

I dont like to think that you’re both  gone… call it denial but if I have to, then let it be… You will always be alive in my heart and mind. I know that whenever I go home in Barlig there will always be that warmth welcome and light shining in our house to greet me back…

I will gonna miss the times that I make plans to go home to the Philippines and there’s both of you,  so proud that I made it. You were the one’s who made me make it here to Canada, without your pushing and financial help I would have never made it….THANK YOU DAD / MOM…

Now, I go home and there is no one to remind me how difficult it was to have me as a daughter…

There is nobody by that kitchen door to sit and guard so the dogs wont come in…

No one to give a lengthy prayer during meals and no one to crack jokes when things are serious…

….I Miss you both a lot…

Maybe now I should let you go….temporarily …knowing that someday we will meet and it will be at a better place…

GOD was your strenght all your life so I know that you’re both at peace….

You will always be remembered here on earth, with your light shining to all the lives that you have touched.


My beloved father

About the site

This site was initiated in 2008 and it has been open for suggestions, comments and contributions hoping to encourage people to participate and just say anything about Barlig. However, only few people has expressed some ideas and positiveness (thank you for that), but the hits showed a high number so thank you for those who made an effort to visit the blog. Creating this wasn’t easy for a person who doesn’t know web designing but all we need is a simple website where we can gather and put information about Barlig.

For the moment, as I myself who is currently administering the site is very away from home and have no contacts to give updates. The website has created the pages and some are waiting for time to be filled in by our Kakailiyans. I will leave it as it is until new efforts or inputs come along.  People who have visited this place of ours please share a piece about your experience in Barlig.

It is in need of contributors covering photos, videos, songs, chants, travel guides, news, articles, literatures, stories. Have you got old pictures of Barlig and it’s people? Definitely needed. Barlig would mean Central Barlig, Lias, and Kadaclan. Anything related to Barlig that we would like to promote and let the world know. We can preserve them online and become accessible by anyone. This would be a good portal connection and information for all the people of Barlig, to those who have love this place of ours, to our kakailiyans living locally or abroad. We can be all proud of our place, at least!

Suggestions and any kind of support is very much appreciated. Please contact at the site’s own email address: barlig2623@yahoo.com.ph.

Ps. this site is everyones! Password is open to those who would like to volunteer, administer, author or edit! Just contact.

Thank you. Saramat…

[Truly Yours, Langfia]

Poetry for Barlig

Express how you dearly love and care about your home, Barlig:

Finding my solace

The sun emits its rays at last. And as the aroma of rice grains filled the new morning, I, standing barefoot in the middle of the field, felt serenity.

Yearly, I would find time to come home to this Ili despite the work pressures I have to endure in my workplace. For me, having an escapade at least once in a long year satisfies my longing to stay permanently.

The welcoming nod of my kailian whenever they see or meet me walking the path bound home is so much comforting. In the city where I work, hundreds of people I meet would not share a nod with a stranger like me. Here, I am very much blessed for a lot of people whom I don’t know give me a warm smile and sometimes, they would share some words with me.

In this home, people live a simple life. They don’t need to pay pamasahe – free rides and a brisk or even a relaxed walk will save you that expensive fare. And besides, the soothing sight of the rice fields and the vast expanse of mossy mountains are already enough to calm the tiredness from a walk.

A cold bath from the verdant waterfalls and mighty rivers somehow washes away the pressures I got from living in an urban setting.

Considered lucky, I can also tap my feet along with the sounds of the gongs played. Though I don’t know how to manuraw (dance the ethnic way), which I regret very much, the powerful reverberation from the pattong creates a euphoric feeling inside me.

The chirps of the birds every time I wake up adds to that. These are the times when I am thankful for my ears are away from the rambling sounds of the city.

So as I ride the muddy jitney that will lead me to a bus going back to the city, I felt a twinge in my heart for I am leaving my home again. But one thing for sure will always go with me. The thought that I have a home like this place is already enough.

I am glad that I belong.

These are paragraphs of thoughts from Linyan (Cristine Sidchogan), of how she misses Barlig.

Have you got poems, poetry, thoughts you composed for Barlig?
Express and share them here. Ps. contact.

Centenarians of Barlig

We owe our beautiful place, culture and tradition to our forefathers, our ancestors, our elders. This page is to give recognition to them.

Apo Sodko Fonaton Domalsin: Approx age 118, died 2004:

(Photographs taken by Langfia Ayeona, 2003.)

Ps. add more and let us make a long list of our great elders.
Not necessarily century age, oldness to be proud of!

 CAPITAL: Bontoc

AREA: 2,097 sq.km


The Mountain Province is a landlocked area in the Central Cordilleras in northern Luzon. It is bounded on the north by Kalinga-Apayao, on the east by Isabela, on the west by Abra and llocos Sur, and on the south by Benguet and Ifugao.


Towering peaks and sharp ridges are the main features of the central and western landscape of the province. Gradually sloping and rolling foothills characterize its eastern part. Three major rivers – Chico, Tanudan, and Siffu -create three distinct valleys where the only level lands are found. The province is very wet from June to October and dry from November to May.


On June 18,1966, Republic Act No. 4695 divided the old Mountain Province into four provinces: Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga-Apayao, and the Mountain Province. The area that retained the old province’s name was the former sub-province of Bontoc. The Spaniards called the territory “La Montanosa” because it had more mountains than any other province. The rugged mountain peaks served as protection against Spanish efforts to colonize and convert the tribes to Christianity. They preserve the tribes’ culture and unique way of life
to this day.

During the Filipino-American War, General Emilio Aguinaldo and his revolutionary force crossed the Cordillera through the Mountain Province in December 1899. They proceeded to Sagada and Bontoc to elude the American troops. They went on to Ifugao and Isabela, where they were eventually captured. The Americans established a civil government in the province. In 1901, Catholic and Protestant missionaries began evangelization work in the high lands. In 1908, the old Mountain Province was created under Act No. 1876 of the Philippine Legislature.


The people are mainly Bontoc Igorots, with llocano migrants from neighboring provinces. Bontoc Igorots are industrious farmers who were once regarded as the most belligerent of the mountain tribes. Though they are Christians, they still cling to their traditional beliefs and rituals. The most famous of these is the canao, in which the entire village participates. A pig or carabao is sacrificed and feasted upon to mark a wedding or death and always at several stages of planting and harvesting rice. The feast is followed by singing and
dancing till dawn to the accompaniment of metal gongs.


The main source of livelihood is agriculture, as well as livestock and poultry raising. Its major crops include vegetables and rootcrops, of which they are the second highest producer in the region, next to Benguet. Tourism also contributes to the economy.

Information gathered from:
League of Provinces
by:Roberto C. Arellano