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Mountain Province

Mountain Province is almost always mistakenly called a “mountain,” a tidbit locals find funny. Won’t it be amusing if someone says “Atlantic” instead of “Atlantic City?” So just make sure you say both names—no shortcuts.

Benguet

In a coconut-filled tropical dream of a country, Benguet is known for strawberries — from strawberry jam and strawberry ice cream to silken tofu infused with strawberry sauce. It’s not surprising that the Strawberry Capital of the Philippines is here, which is La Trinidad . From Baguio, visitors can take a short ride to this capital and enjoy vegetable and fruit picking, apart from the munching.

Apayao

According to the local Isneg, Apayao means “negotiable river.” This new province is perched high above the Cordillera region. Literally sandwiched between Ilocos Norte, Cagayan, Kalinga, and Abra, the province is branded as “Cordillera’s Last Frontier of Nature’s Richness.”

Abra

Giant footsteps, an underground river, a heroine, and old churches make Abra a place worth discovering if you have an explorer’s spirit. Huddled in between the Ilocos and Cordillera Mountain ranges, it’s been described as “rugged” by travel books, but won’t be under-the-radar for long.