Bakun has a population of 12,836 of mostly Kankanaeys and Bagos. More information at the municipal government’s website.
UPDATE: I think this deserves to be in the main page and not just in the comments section.
QUESTION: Pardon my ignorance but what are Bagos?
MY ANSWER: According to conventional wisdom, which is now being challenged, Bagos are the children of Igorots (particularly Kankanaeys) who went to the lowlands (i.e., the boundary towns) and intermarried with the locals.
However, there is a belief (and a contention) among Bagos that they are a distinct indigenous Igorot subgroup and that they are not Ilocano/Igorot mestizos. We hope that a Bago reader can help us clarify the matter. I am inclined to go for what a group defines itself for the simple reason that one knows one’s self best. Congressman Domogan yata is a Bago, but I’m not really sure.
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