About four kilometers away from Bontoc town proper in Mountain Province is a peaceful community filled with thriving culture and fascinating landscape. Maligcong, meaning “surrounded by rice paddies” in Kankana-ey dialect, has three sitios named Favarey, Farung-ao, and Favuyan. Sitio Favarey, which means “center”, long served as the center of the town. Sitio Farung-ao is where the elementary school is located and through which several rice granaries could be found, and Sitio Favuyan which also served as the jump-off area for hiking Mts. Fato and Kupapey.
There are several tour operators conducting trips to Maligcong. If you’re on a tight budget, joining these events/tours/groups might be your best option. However, DIY or Do-It-Yourself is very much achievable.
How to Get There?
Route 1: Manila – Bontoc
Take a Coda Lines bus from Cubao located at HM Transport, INC. in Cubao.
|Bus Line||Online Booking||Fare||From||To|
|Coda Lines||http://codalinesph.com/online-bus-ticket-booking/||P685 (Regular)||Cubao||Bontoc|
Coda Lines Bus Trip Schedule
|Cubao, Q.C.||Sagada||9:00 PM|
|Sagada||Cubao, Q.C.||3:00 PM|
|Bontoc||Cubao, Q.C.||4:00 PM|
|Banaue||Cubao, Q.C||6:30 - 7:00 PM|
📍For additional trips, click here.
📍Advance reservation/bookings is advisable
📍Coda Lines Bus Terminal – Quezon City: HM Transport, INC. Monte de Piedad corner Maryland Street, Cubao, Quezon City
Route 2: Manila – Banaue – Bontoc
Take Ohayami bus located at Corner J. Fajardo A.H. Lacson, Sampaloc, Manila. Regular fare is P490.00 Manila – Banue, Ifugao. If you’re going to book online, that would be P490 + 50 (service charge). Advance booking is adviced specially on peak season.
|Bus Line||Online Booking||Fare (vice versa)||From||To|
Ohayami Bus Trip Schedule
|Terminal||Destination||Time of Departure|
|Manila||Banaue, Ifugao||09:00 PM (peak days only)|
|Banaue, Ifugao||Manila||06:30 PM (peak season only)|
Route 3: Manila – Baguio – Bontoc
Take a bus from Manila. Victory Liner has daily trips to Baguio. See their Terminal Guide to select the terminal most suitable for your trip or book online. From Baguio, ride a Rising Sun or GL Bus going to Bontoc (Fare is P465.00 + P212.00). Travel time is 5 to 6 hours.
From Bontoc, you may ride a tricycle (P10.00) or walk to the parking area of jeepneys bound to Maligcong (P25.00). It is located next to the public market. On lean season, sometimes you may find these jeepneys parked in front of the Post Office and near the Bontoc Museum.
Maligcong Jeepney Trip Schedule
|Bontoc to Maligcong||8:00 AM|
|Maligcong to Bontoc||06:30 AM|
Where to Stay?
|Maligcong Terraces View Guest House||0915-1881-732|
|Chen's Sacya-an Home||0920-7939-550
📍 On personal note, we enjoyed our four days stay in Maligcong Terraces View Guest House.
Activities and Places to See
Get up-close with the stone-walled terraces of Maligcong surrounding its communities.
Mountain trekking in Mts. Fato, Kupapey, Amfomotngor, and Matu-on.
Kuhol or snail picking in the rice paddies for lunch.
Have a taste of the freshly brewed Maligcong tea.
Trek to Mainit Hotspring.
Best month to visit the terraces: May to August
Click photos for a fuller view.