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Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya

Ang ARITAO ay lumang katutubong salita na ang ibig sabihin ay ang Hari Namin. Ari ay Hari, Tao ay Namin.

Si Aritao o ang Hari Namin ay si Igorot Chieftain Mengal ng Cagayan Valley na mapayang lider ng kalupaan. Ngunit mabagsik na lumaban sa mga Kastila.

Ang Aritao ay ipinangalan sa karangalan ni Igorot Chieftain Mengal ng mga taga Nueva Vizcaya.

Credits: Tom Ong

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