Kalinga’s name is derived from the Ibanag and Gaddang noun which means “enemy”, “fighter”, or “headtaker.” The province is drained mainly by the Chico River, with its headwaters emptying out into the Cagayan River, which branches out into several tributaries. In recent years, the town of Buscalan has become increasingly popular with backpackers eager to get traditional tattoos from Whang-Od, a Filipino tattoo artist often described as the “last” and oldest mambabatokwho is part of the Butbut people of the larger Kalinga ethnic group.

  • Capital: Tabuk
  • Top tourist spots: Chico River, Buscalan town proper, Sleeping Beauty Mountain
  • Unique eats: Kalinga Coffee, mountain rice

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