Road trip to Ifugao- Tinoc (P.1)

February 26, 2018

Tinoc is a rather remote 4th Class municipality in Ifugao and is home to the Kalanguya people. In recent years, the town has undergone extensive land clearing for the production of vegetable crops, with many of its residents formerly employed in the vegetable-producing areas of Benguet now coming back to establish plantations of their own. The name Tinoc is said to have been derived from the word 'tinec', which refers to deep puddles of mud formed by water seeping both from rains and from the ground. These formations were said to be prevalent in rice plots but seldom encountered nowadays.


Minutes after entering Ifugao from Nueva Vizcaya is this road carved from the mountainsides. 


 The Ifugao Provincial Capitol in Lagawe:

 Plump and colorful chilies from the market:

 These bananas superficially resemble saba, or the cooking, bananas, but more robust and the skin paler in coloration:

 The Ifugao scabbard is distinctive in being single-faced and is called hikot. These bladed implements are known as pinahig, but I believe the term is restricted to the broad ones such as the one in the middle of the photo, third from left.

 These guyud bananas look unripe due to the skin color, but are actually already ripe. These types are similar in taste and texture to the more familiar lakatan variety,

 These are bili fruits- eaten while still unripe and is incredibly sour. I believe this species to be Garcinia edulis (Family Clusiaceae), and is related to the mangosteen (G. mangostana).

 Water-spraying the thick layer of mud on the wheels; this truck carries tomatoes to be sold to the lowlands:

 Landscapes in Kiangan are typically defined by rice terraces such as these:

 Further up, the roads became really bad, even quite frightening due to the heavy rains that greeted us- roadsides eroding from the downpour is literally happening before our eyes. Visibility also became hampered.

 Dense mists creeping up the mountains:


 Finally, we arrived at our destination. Here is a house built from just after the Second World War and decorated on the outside with pig skulls. The more skulls, the higher the economic status of the home owner.

 Ants with marked abdomens carry their brood and pupae around when I lifted the rock in search of frogs. The rock was promptly placed carefully back after this photo was taken:

This is a limacodid moth larva, also known as slug caterpillars, due to their resemblance to sea slugs. All limacodid larvae have stinging spines and often colorful, but the adults are drab and unassuming. Tony Gerard supplied the photograph of this lovely creature.

A Coin Spider from the genus Herrenia (Family Araneidae).

 A colorful land crab raises its claws in alarm:

 Berna Gerard and her aunt Hagay separating kupanni seeds from their pods. Berna informed me that the Kalanguya does not have specific names for legumes and the term kupanni is a catch-all term for all legumes. 

 According to Berna, these beans, which are said to have a distinct aroma, are boiled with pork or beef and frequently stored above fireplaces, along with other seeds. 

 Morning view from Tinoc. Beyond is Mt. Pulag, hidden from view by the thick clouds.

 That morning, we walked towards Tinoc National High School to witness the inauguration of a project to be undertaken at the Ifugao State University- Tinoc Campus. And along the way, we stopped over at a sari-sari store for some snacks:

 The man spearheading the kaloob dance at the inauguration is no other than Cong. Teodoro Brawner Baguilat, Jr. 

 Some moths from the local school's walls:


 This is a moth that also occurs in my home province of Laguna, and one that I always referred to as the 'Spiderman moth'. I guess you can see why:

 A Plume Moth:



 We came back home early that afternoon and whiled our time away walking around, photographing things. And at night, we did the same routine again. This is an arboreal mygalomorph spider, possibly from the genus Orphnaecus. Since very few tarantulas from that genus was described from the Philippines, it is highly likely that this animal represents an undescribed species.

 A leafhopper with truncated wings:

 A phasmid blends well with its surroundings:

 Huntsmen spiders:


 I was told that this is a new species, but a genus designation cannot be pinned down yet as actual specimens are needed.

 The same spider as seen from its dorsum:

 A caterpillar masquerading as bird poop.

 This katydid is from the genus Phyllomimus, which literally translates to 'leaf mimic'.

 Below are more Huntsmen spiders:




 Part 2 is just around the corner!















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