is a 4th class municipality in the province of Ifugao, Philippines
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. According to the latest census, it has a population of 15,448 people in 2,692 households.
Locally spoken languages include Tuwali, Ilocano,Ayangan, Tagalog
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, and English
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Kiangan is the oldest town in the province. It derives its name from Kiyyangan, an ancient village near the bank of the Ibulao River across the Lagawe valley. The name Kiyyangan is enshrined in Ifugao mythology and is believed to be the dwelling of Wigan and Bugan, the mythological ancestors of the Ifugao. Gen.Paulino Santos died in Kiangan, Mountain Province on August 29, 1945
The Nagacadan Rice Terraces are part of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
The Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995. This inscription has five sites: the Batad Rice Terraces, Bangaan Rice Terraces , Mayoyao Rice Terraces , Hungduan Rice Terraces and Nagacadan Rice Terraces , all in the Ifugao Province, the...
World Heritage Site.
Kiangan is politically subdivided into 15 barangay
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Agriculture and tourism are the main source of local economic activities which supports commerce and trade among townsfolk. Its terraced rice fields do not only provide produce for the farmers but attract tourists as well.
The Kiangan Rice Terraces is a UNESCO Heritage Site and one of the many rice terraces in the province of Ifugao
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. The rice terraces cluster manifest a distinct feature - the fields are in ascending rows of terraces bisected by a river.
Located in Kiangan is the Kiangan Central School old home economics building, which marks the spot where the highest Commander of the Japanese Imperial Army, General Tomoyuki Yamashita
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(also known as the Tiger of Malaya
), surrendered to the Filipino & American Forces on 2 September 1945.