Cauayan City

One successful agricultural entrepreneur is Floresma Dacuycuy, owner of the Isabela Green Valley Farm in Brgy. Sillawit.  Her property is clad by dazzling orchids, ornamental plants and bountiful fruit-bearing trees. You can hand-pick her fruit, and learn how to plant and grow them. You can also take home her exotic orchids, ornamental plants, bromeliads, and even fingerling prawns. Did we mention that her idyllic farm also offers alfresco dining?

Support local Cauayan farmers by visiting Gulayan ng Bayan – center of a government livelihood project that encourages locals to try backyard farming – and buying fruits like bananas and melons, and vegetables like okra, white pumpkins and eggplants. You can hand-pick your fresh produce at this vast farmland.

Its ease at growing mushrooms has established Cauayan as the “Mushroom City of the North.” Do not leave the city without visiting the Mushroom Center and trying the delicious local mushrooms cooked in a delightfully unfamiliar way, like tempura, sisig and lumpia.

The city was once tobacco land, and there are still reminders of this past at the Old Tabacalera Warehouse, known as Compania General de Tabacos de Filipinas during the Spanish period. This local tobacco industry was a massive enterprise going all the way back to 1881, when it first started supplying the Tobacco Monopoly of the Spanish government.

Cauayan traces its roots to the people of Gaddang, who the city celebrates during the annual festival of Gawagaway-yan. This celebration features a street dance competition, a float parade and assorted activities that different ethno-linguistic groups participate in.