Boulders of rock hits van, kills 1 passenger

Bontoc, Mountain Province – An elementary teacher died while her colleague sustained multiple injuries when boulders of rock hit the van they were riding in Sitio Pinap-ayew, Barangay Guina-ang, Bontoc, Mountain Province early morning of July 18, 2018.


The fatality was Luisa F. Pelew, 55 years old, married, a teacher in Guina-ang Elementary School and a resident of Poblacion, Bontoc, Mountain Province. The injured victim is Frauline P. Magwa, 29 years old, a teacher in the same school and a resident of Barangay Bontoc Ili, Bontoc.

The van bearing plate number XAM 511, colored blue-green is owned and driven by former Bontoc Councilor John Tay-og Pelew, 59 years old, married and a resident of Poblacion, Bontoc, Mountain Province who was to ferry his wife Luisa and his wife’s co –teacher Magwa to Guina-ang Elementary School where they are both teaching.

According to Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Johanna F. Padaen, at 6:45 in the morning of July 18, their office received a call from PSI Faith Ayan Igualdo, the Chief of Police of Bontoc Municipal Police Station (MPS) informing her of the incident.

As response, the MDRRMO immediately coordinated with the Bontoc Emergency Response Team (BERT) and Bontoc General Hospital.

Based on the police report obtained by the MDRRMO; personnel of the Bontoc MPS, BERT, CAA Patrol Base assigned in Guina-ang and barangay officials immediately responded to the site and came upon a van covered with boulders of rock.

The response team extricated the passengers trapped inside the vehicle and were immediately brought to Bontoc General Hospital by Ninian Langagan, a barangay official of Guina-ang, who happened to pass by at the time of incident.

Police reports further stated that Luisa Pelew was declared dead on arrival by her attending physician while Magwa who sustained multiple injuries is recovering at the Bontoc General Hospital as of this writing. John T. Pelew was unharmed. // Alpine L. Killa, Bontoc –LGU


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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.