|Municipality of Buguias|
Houses near rice terraces in Buguias
Map of Benguet with Buguias highlighted
|Region||Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)|
|Founded||February 9, 1942|
|Barangays||14 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Ruben Tindaan|
|• Electorate||20,133 voters (2016)|
|• Total||175.88 km2 (67.91 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||250/km2 (640/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)74|
|Income class||3rd municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||108,891,461.37 (2016)|
Buguias, officially the Municipality of Buguias, (Ilokano: Ili ti Buguias; Filipino: Bayan ng Buguias), is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Benguet, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 43,627 people. The municipality is home to the mummy of Apo Anno, one of the most revered and important folk hero in Benguet prior to Spanish arrival.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Education
- 7 Historical markers and shrine
- 8 References
Nabalicong village in Barangay Natubleng was the center of the area's cultural and political domains prior to Spanish colonization. In the 12th century, a folk hero, known as Apo Anno, lived with the people of the area and was a spiritual leader, hunter, and demigod. The people believed Apo Anno was a son of a Benguet goddess. His body was filled with tattoos, symbolizing his high status in the community. During his protectorate of the domain, prosperity spurred. He died before the arrival of the Spaniards, and thus, was given mummification and death rites in the traditional way.
The arrival of Spanish colonizers in Buguias were primarily due to the construction of Spanish trails leading to the mountain region. Buguias and Loo were two separate rancherias during the Spanish Regime.
On November 23, 1900, the township of Loo was abolished and integrated into the township of Buguias with the issuance of Act No. 49. On August 13, 1908, Benguet was established as a sub-province of the newly created Mountain Province with the enactment of Act No. 1876. As a result, six townships of Benguet were abolished, but Buguias remained a constituent town of Benguet sub-province.
In 1918, the mummy of Apo Anno was stolen by foreign treasure hunters. An earthquake and pestilence followed afterwards, prompting the people to campaign for the return of Apo Anno to his resting place.
On June 25, 1963, President Diosdado Macapagal issued Executive Order No. 42 converting eight (8) of the thirteen (13) towns (designated as municipal districts) of Benguet sub-province into regular municipalities. Buguias was among them.
On June 18, 1966, the sub-province of Benguet was separated from the old Mountain Province and was converted into a regular province. Buguias remained to be a component municipality of the newly established province.
In 1984, a Filipino antique collector bought an auctioned mummy, only to discover it was the mummy of Apo Anno. He donated it to the National Museum of the Philippines afterwards for better care of the national treasure. The people of Buguias made diplomatic channels with the National Museum until it was agreed that the National Museum would return the mummy of Apo Anno to its resting place in barangay Nabalicong after Benguet officials agreed to install iron grills in the burial cave and provide funds for its upkeep. Later that year, Apo Anno was returned to its burial cave, through elaborate death rituals last performed in the 16th century and a hero's homecoming conducted by the people of Buguias.
There have been scholars campaigning for the declaration of Apo Anno's mummy and resting place as a collective National Treasure or Important Cultural Property of the Philippines.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 175.88 square kilometres (67.91 sq mi)  constituting 6.35% of the 2,769.08-square-kilometre- (1,069.15 sq mi) total area of Benguet.
Buguias is 83 kilometres (52 mi) away from Baguio.
|Climate data for Buguias|
|Average high °C (°F)||23.1
|Average low °C (°F)||13.3
|Average rainy days||2||3||6||9||19||21||26||26||23||14||9||5||163|
|Source: Storm247 |
|Population census of Buguias|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
In the 2015 census, Buguias had a population of 43,627. The population density was 250 inhabitants per square kilometre (650/sq mi).
In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 20,133 registered voters.
Historical markers and shrine
Veteran Memorial Marker
The Veteran Memorial Marker marks the liberation of Abatan and Buguias on July 27, 1945, that was fought between the Japanese Imperial Army and the combined Filipino and American ground troops. Through municipal council resolution No. 19, July 27, 1945 was declared as the Liberation Day and local holiday in the municipality. Festivals during this date include parades, programs and wreath-laying.
World War II 66th Infantry Shrine
The World War II 66th Infantry Shrine monument, located in Lengaoan along Halsema Highway, symbolizes the bravery of the combined Filipino and American soldiers who stood their ground defending the area and firing their cannons against the Japanese forces.
Burial Site of Apo Anno
The 12th century burial site, which was later used again for Apo Anno's reburial in 1984, is one of the most important cultural sites in Benguet. The burial site is home to the mummy of one of Benguet's folk heroes whose remains are still preserved in present time.
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