The name Kalinga is derived from the Ibanag and Gaddang "Kalinga" which means "headhunters." In the past, headhunting was considered noble and it symbolizes bravery. Tatoos, a status symbol which men respect and which women admire, are given to warriors as reward. Thus a "mingol" or warrior enjoys a high status in Kalinga society.
The "Bodong" to the Kalingas or peace pact is an indigenous socio-political system that defines intertribal relationships. This was developed to minimize traditional warfare and headhunting and serves as an institution for renewal, maintenance and reinforcement of social ties. Recently, the "bodong" was expanded into a multi-lateral peace pact providing a means of strengthening unity in the Cordilleras.
Kalinga was known as the Prince of the Highlands as it is 300 to 5,000 feet above sea level in the Cordillera mountain ranges.
Top Landmark & Tourist Spots
Sungang ViewPoint for a majestic view of the valley villages and mountains and Tulgao and Dananao Rice Terraces.
Palan-ah falls and hot springs Tinglayan
Palan-ah falls and hot springs Tinglayan. The falls spray down from approximately 100 meters above forming a pool where during a sunny day, one practically swims at the end of the rainbow.
Mt. Mating-oy Dinayao
Mt. Mating-oy Dinayao (Sleeping Beauty), so-called because the mountain slopes form that of a lady lying on her back. To get a good view, go to Sungang or Basao.
Tinglayan Rice Terraces
Tinglayan Rice Terraces are like an amphitheater along the whole mountain slopes.
Mt. Binaratan in Dacalan was Gen Emilio Aguinaldo's entry point during his retreat to Kalinga.