Maligcong is a Barangay of Bontoc in Mountain Province. It is bordered with enormously stunning rice terraces. This magnificent view can be best seen from two different points – Mt. Fato and Mt. Kufafey.
HOW TO GET THERE
- Ride a bus from Cubao heading Banaue. (Make an advance reservation) – Coda Lines (680php)
- Get off at Banaue Tourism Office. (You can make a side trip to Banaue)
- Ride a van from Banaue heading Bontoc Town Proper. – 100php
- Ride a jeepney from Bontoc Town Proper to Maligcong. (Approximately 30 mins. Away from town proper) – 25php
THINGS TO DO IN MALIGCONG, BONTOC
- Hike. Maligcong is best known for its numerous rice terraces and can be best seen at Mt. Fato and Mt. Kupapey.
Mt. Fato (1438 MASL) has a pine forest trail and gigantic rock formations at the summit. For best view you can actually scramble the biggest rock formation to see the stunning scenery of Maligcong as well as the mountain peaks of Kalinga and Sagada.
Mt. Kupapey (1647 MASL) is the neighboring mountain of Mt. Fato. This mountain is best for its sea of clouds, numerous pine trees and an outstanding view of Maligcong Rice Terrraces. For best hike you should start the hike at early in the morning (3:00 am).
- Stargazing. The rest of the sky is all yours at Maligcong where you can see a vast of stars. If you are into astrophotography, don’t miss out this great opportunity to take some photos.
- Sunset and Sunrise. These two most awaited time of the day are very beautiful at the summit of the mountains of Maligcong. And if you are blessed with a great weather you will witness the sea of clouds at Mt. Kupapey.
- Coffee. Maligcong has rich with its own cheap coffee. Just add a heap of sugar and this drink can instantly warm you up and make you feel comfortable. Tip: Don’t forget to bring coffee back home!
- Friends. The people of Maligcong are very friendly and they are very rich with their culture. A lot of them are more fluently speaking in English and you can hear them talking very sweetly in their own dialect.
WHERE TO STAY:
We stayed at Chen’s because Suzette’s is fully booked at the time of our trip. Chen’s Maligcong Homestay is a few strolls away from Suzette’s. It just opened its home to travelers who wishes to spend a night or two at their Barangay.
Upon arrival we were greeted by the lovely family and Chen’s (the quirky little girl). We were offered free flowing coffee, which is by the way was so calming!
We were out for our hike that afternoon to Mt. Fato. We literally chase the sun to see it Sunset at the summit. And the climb was worth it because it was so beautiful at the top.
At nighttime, you can be relaxed while watching the night sky filled with stars while talking with some new found friends at the rooftop of Chen’s Homestay.
Mt. Kupapey is best hike at morning and we woke up at 3:00 am and started our way to the mountain. At first the climb was very difficult but eventually you will appreciate the beauty of the forest.
There is no a sea of clouds that morning. In spite of the absence of the sea of clouds, we still enjoyed the view at the summit.
I hope this post brings you an urge to go pack your clothes and head to Maligcong for you to experience what I am talking about. ♥
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