You’re lounging by the pool of a glamorous hotel, thinking of trying your luck at one the local casinos. Next thing you know, you’re clambering up a hill in the middle of a jungle, desperately trying to make your way to an archaic lighthouse. Sta. Ana is the place to live out that secret agent movie in your head.
Santiago City is a hurried district full of different indigenous cultures, and Hindu, Muslim, Chinese and Christian influences.
This quiet province, almost invisible on major tourist maps, is actually teeming with souvenir-worthy products. If you’re looking for native delicacies, the municipality of Saguday has Kamias prunes, peanut products, tamarind candy and ginger tea. You can also go antique-hunting, or compare fossilized flowers. For bigger-item buys, try one of Quirino’s bigger industries – wooden furniture for home and office use.
Paraiso Tribu Vizcayano is an emerging eco-tourism park expected to draw more tourists to the largely un-touristy province of Nueva Vizcaya. Nestled in the municipality of Diadi, it is one of the major projects of the provincial government, which aims to conserve and safeguard the Lower Magat Eco-Tourism Park (LMET).
This landlocked province is famous for its high quality citrus fruits. Unsurprisingly, this has given it the nickname of “Citrus Capital of the Philippines.”
Isabela province is wonderfully unique. It has a signature noodle dish – Pansit Cabagan. It’s home to the world’s largest butaka (chair with long arm rests). Red bricks make up Tumauini Church. Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park is the largest preserved jungle in the country. This is a place made for exploring.
Cauayan is a vast expanse of agricultural farmland with a rich cultural heritage.
Craving for an adrenaline rush? Then make your way to Cagayan Valley. The backdrop: rugged terrain, heavily-forested mountains, raging rivers, and the most complicated caves. It’s just you, nature, and the ultimate adventure.
From emerald pastureland to windswept massif, stunning cliffs rising above exposed beaches and astonishing roads carved out of mountainside — wherever you go you will find exquisite scenery in Batanes.
In a round-up of the Philippines’ stunning destinations, Cagayan will most likely go unmentioned. Yet this beautiful province is home to picturesque beaches, volcanic islands and historically significant natural and man-made sites. It may be devoid of luxury trappings, true, but it is rich in natural, rugged beauty. The traveler who strikes out for it (he won’t have to go very far, really) takes its richest rewards.