Amburayan River

Amburayan River is a river in the northeastern portion of island of Luzon in the Philippines. It originates from the Cordillera mountains and traverses the provinces of Benguet, La Union, and Ilocos Sur. With a total length of 96 km (60 mi) where it empties into the South China Sea.[1]

Amburayan River
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View from the Amburayan Bridge along Manila North Road
Amburayan River is located in Luzon
Amburayan River
Amburayan River mouth
Amburayan River is located in Philippines
Amburayan River
Amburayan River (Philippines)
Physical characteristics
SourceCordillera Mountains
 • locationMount Osdung Kibungan, Benguet
 • elevation8,586 ft (2,617 m)
MouthSouth China Sea
 • location
 • coordinates
16°55′15.7″N 120°24′39″E / 16.921028°N 120.41083°E / 16.921028; 120.41083Coordinates: 16°55′15.7″N 120°24′39″E / 16.921028°N 120.41083°E / 16.921028; 120.41083
 • elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Length96 km (60 mi)
Basin size1,319 km2 (509 sq mi)
Basin features
 • rightBakun River

The river serves as the boundary between the provinces of Ilocos Sur and La Union.[2][3]

Source and courseEdit

The river's headwaters are a confluence of smaller creeks along the south of barangay Lubo, in Kibungan. Several other tributary creeks merge with the river as it flows along Atok and Kapangan. It then flows along the SugponSan Gabriel boundary, the Sugpon–Santol boundary, the Sugpon–Sudipen boundary, the Sudipen–Alilem boundary, the Sudipen–Tagudin boundary, and finally at the Tagudin–Bangar boundary, where its river mouth is located.

In cultureEdit

In the Ilocano epic, Biag ni Lam-ang, the hero Lam-ang came to bathe in the Amburayan, as he was soaked in dirt and blood after a battle with headhunters. Assisted by maidens from a nearby village, he shed the dirt and blood which polluted the river and killed the fish and other animals in the water.[citation needed]


  1. ^ See, Dexter A. (27 November 2014). "USAID provides P20 M to protect Amburayan River". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Natural Sceneries: Amburayan River". Province of La Union (Official Website). Archived from the original on 17 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  3. ^ "About Sugpon". Municipality of Sugpon, Ilocos Sur (official website). 5 July 2014. Archived from the original on 8 November 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2015.