Buguias is a third class municipality in the province of Benguet, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 39,271 people. It is about 75 kilometres (47 mi) away from Baguio City.
The name of the municipality came from the word Bogey-yas, a popular Igorot settlement during the pre-Spanish time. The spelling was modernized and spelled as Buguias" by Spanish authorities. Just like Bogey-yas, other names such as Loo, Tucucan, Tinoc, Buguias, Abatan, Ambuse (now Kabayan), Lutab, Karao, Bokkod, Acupan, Kafagway (now Baguio City), Benguet (now La Trinidad), Mankayan, Lepanto were popular Igorot settlements during the Spanish times.
Buguias is politically subdivided into 14 barangays.
- Baculongan Norte
- Poblacion (Central)
- Baculongan Sur
|Population census of Buguias
|Source: National Statistics Office
Historical markers and shrine
Veteran Memorial Marker
The Veteran Memorial Marker marks the liberation of Abatan and Buguias on July 27, 1945, that fought between the Japanese Imperial Army and the combined Filipino and American ground troops. Through municipal council resolution No. 19; July 27, 1945, was declared as the Liberation Day and local holiday in the municipality. Festivals during this date include parade, programs and wreath-laying.
World War II 66th Infantry Shrine
The World War II 66th Infantry Shrine symbolizes the bravery of the combined Filipino and American soldiers; this is where they stood their ground defending the area and firing their cannons against the Japanese forces. This historical monument is located in Lengaoan, along the Halsema Highway.