Ethnic Groups of the Philippines

Itneg, Maeng

Abra, the Itnegs’ territory, lies in between the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province, Kalinga, and Apayao. Their economic activities include swidden farming, fishing, and hunting; their staple crop is rice (planted using both dry and wet methods). Itneg villages are usually composed of around 50 households, all of whom are related to each other.

The other names of the Maeng Itnegs are Luba-Tiempo Itnegs and Southern Itnegs. The majority live in the towns of Tubo, Luba, and Villaviciosa. Theirs is the only Itneg language that is similar to Northern Kankanaey, a Mountain Province language.


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