Abatan, in the early times, was the meeting place for traders from three different ethno-linguistic groups- the Tuwali, Kalanguya and Kankanaey. Located between these three communities, they act as interpreters, negotiators and pacifiers whenever there are conflicts.
The original name of the place was “Kinga” but one day, a trader from Gonhadan (probably Guinsadan at Bauko, Mountain Province) came to trade his ceramic Chinese jars. Noticing that there are other people from different places speaking different languages, he said “sina abe di asi takun pan-aabatan”, meaning “this is the place where we meet”. From then on, it became “Abatan” to the traders until eventually, the place was called Abatan.
Barangay Abatan is located at the foot of Mount Napulawan, 16’50’13.83” North and 120’57’33.94” East. It is bounded from the north by barangay Poblacion, from the south by barangay Wangwang of Tinoc, east by barangay Maggok and the west by barangay Ahin of Tinoc.
The barangay has a total land area of 2,530 hectares, ranking fourth widest land area among the nine barangays of the Municipality.
Population: 849 (NSO 2010)
No. of Household: 126 (CBMS 2012)
Attractions: Kinga Rice Terraces
Awa Native Houses
Lotop Mangindel Twin Falls