Abra

The creation myth of the Abraenos says that the first man – “Angalo the Giant” – first set foot in this province. His 15-meter footprint is permanently stamped in the town of San Quintin. And you can still see it, just ask where to find Tugot ni Angalo.

The entire province is dotted with caves and natural wonders, undiscovered by most. The Libtec Underground River is one of these, with its many stalagmites.

Lakes and springs such as Kimkimay Lake, Limbo Lake, and Boliney Hot Springs are also worth seeing. Like many of the provinces in this area, Abra has a “major artery,” a source of life for many of the people that live here — the Abra River.

Upon entering Abra, you will pass through the Tangadan Tunnel from Ilocos Sur and find a monument and park in honor of Gabriela Silang – the heroine who, alongside her husband Diego Silang, rallied people to fight the Spanish colonizers. When Diego was killed, she fled to Abra and used her uncle’s home as her headquarters. The house is still maintained by her descendants, and is now the Casa Museum Carino and Gabriela Silang Art Gallery.

If you’re interested in religious architecture, visit the colonial churches in Bangued or Tayum. A National Cultural Treasure, Tayum Church was built by Christianized Tingguians , the local ethnic group, during the 19th century.