Batanes is at the northernmost region in Luzon and so far the smallest province in the whole Philippines. This province lies in a group of islands known as the Batanes Islands which is found in the Strait of Luzon.
This region is part of the Cagayan Valley Region. Its capital city is Basco. Batanes is in close neighbors with Taiwan, in fact it is just 190 kilometers from Taiwan.
It consists of six municipalities namely Basco, Itbayat, Ivana, Mahatao, Sabtang and Uyugan.
The native people of Batanes are the Ivatan which are culturally and physically closer to that of the Taiwanese aborigines than to Filipinos. The major language in the province is Itbayaten and Ivatan.
The province is often visited with typhoons the whole year through that is because the province lies right in the typhoon path. A typhoon can occur anytime of the year but usually typhoon often occurs in month of August while September to November is windy. March to May is the summer months with least rainfall thus seas surrounding the province are calm making it suitable for fishing activities. Temperature in the province is generally cool.
Today, Batanes takes pride of its unspoiled beauty with their natures preserved and protected by the local Ivatans. Indeed the place is a complete eco tourism destination. It offers various ecological attractions as well as magnificent beautiful sites of nature. It’s blessed with so much beauty from its rolling terrain to its rich marine life which makes it perfect for some outdoor activities.
Pacita Abad Museum. This is the home of world famous Pacita Barsana Abad. This museum showcases its paintings and it is open for the public for viewing.
San Jose Church. This church was built year 1814.It is just across Ivana Seaport.
San Carlos Borromeo Church. The building of this church completed year 1789 and up to now it still retains its century old feature. This church has been declared as Heritage Site by the National Historical Institute.
Sto. Domingo Church. The church was built in 1812 under the Dominican Friars. This is one of the first churches which are built using a limestone during Spanish time. Beside it is a convent which was built two years later.
Chawa Cave. If you love thrilling adventures then this one is for you. It is famous as enchanted cave with natural salt beds. It is accessible trough the Chawa Point.
Diatay Beach. This beach is just along the highway of Mahatao perfect for excursions and swimming.
Mt. Iraya. It is an inactive volcano which stands 1,517 meters just above the sea level. This is just a few kilometers from Basco. A perfect place for mountain climbing.
Other natural wonders worth a visit in Batanes includes in Songsong in Chadpidan Bay, Naidi Hills, Valugan Bay, Sitio Jura at Racujaide, Mt. Matarem and White Beach at Vatang.
Man Made Attractions
House of Dakkay. This house is considered one of the oldest houses in Ivana. This house is open to visitors who want to take pictures. Visitors can sign their guest book and give donations.
Radar Tukon. It is an abandoned weather station of the United States situated at the hilltop. It is just about 2.75 kilometers from Basco. Today it houses the Basco Radar Station.
Wind Turbine Farm System. The system was installed at the mountain of Sumhao in Mahatao in the 7th of August 2004.Thisis the first commercial operated hybrid system in the Philippines.
Cagayan Province is at the northeast part of Luzon settling in the lower bank of the Cagayan River. It is bordered by Babuyan Channel in the north, Isabela in the south, Cordilleras in the west and the Pacific Ocean in the east. It has many rivers and Cagayan River and Abulug River are the largest. The total land area o the province is 9,003 square kilometers and is the second largest province in the region. The capital city of Cagayan is Tuguegarao City which holds the regional seat
It has the largest fishing grounds and thus it is known to be “game fishers paradise”. Aside from that, the province is now being developed as an adventure and eco tourism destination. Foreign tourist as well as the locals come and explore its cave, trek its mountains and discover all its age old churches. Below are the great sights that await you at Cagayan.
St. Philomene Church. The church is situated right along the Maharlika Highway in the town of Alcala. This church has been long standing for centuries, a witness of the several regimes that have one way or the other influenced the cultural heritage of the province.
Other cultural sites you should not miss when in Cagayan include Santa Maria Bell, St. James Parish Church, Iguig Calvary Hills, Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Piat, and Fr. Gerry Z. Filippetto, OFP Memorial Museum.
Callao Cave. The cave takes pride of its huge limestone formation, a chapel and skylights. This view can be access by climbing the one hundred eighty-seven cemented steps which is created to easily reach the cave entrance.
Other caves you should check-out are the Jackpot Cave, Odessa-Tumbali Cave, Sierra Cave, and San Carlos Caves.
Palaui Island. It is just one hundred fifty-eight kilometers from Tuguegarao City. The place is popular in the whole world for its rich in marine life
Clayan Island. For nature lovers the island has the best it can offer. It would be the best venue for nature tripping. The island is best visited during summer. You can reach the island through Apari.
Portabaga Falls. This is one of the tallest falls in the province. It is about fifteen meters high and they put picnic huts and a man made pools for visitors and excursionists.
Other natural wonders that are definitely worth to explore are the Cape Engano Lighthouse in Palaui Island, Cagayan River, Lallo Town and Aparri Delta.
Isabela is the largest province in the region and ranks as the second largest province in the whole Philippines when we walk of land area. Isabela by the Pacific Ocean in the east, Cordillera Administrative Region in the west; Aurora, Quirino and Neva Vizcaya in the south and the province of Cagayan in the north.
Isabela is the leading province in the north and in fact is the most progressive and developed in the country. It is home to the biggest dam not only in the Philippines but of Asia.
Aguinaldo Shrine. It is in Palanan and it is where the president of the Philippine Republic surrendered to the American Forces which ends the Philippine Revolution in the year 1901.
Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation of Guibang. It is in Gamu along the Maharlika Highway. It is as popular as Piat Basilica Minore since people do come every July to offer prayers of peace, good health and abundance and other intentions.
Parish Church of St. Mathias in Tumauini. This church was built year 1753 under the Dominican supervision. It was later completed year 1805. This church is unique and is only found in the Philippines.
Other cultural attractions that you should not miss include the church of Our Lady of Atocha, Church of St. Rose de Lima, and San Pablo church.
Fuyot National Park. The park has a zoo and within the area you will also find Pinzal Falls which is perfect for swimming and excursions. This park is just fifteen kilometers from Ilagan proper.
Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park. This is one area that large area that is protected in the country. Its area is about 359,477 hectares and is in fact rank as number one in the world’s biodiversity. It is just perfect for outdoor and marine adventures. Tours are available and it usually takes five days.
Man Made Attractions
Magat Dam. It is a hydro-electric power plant constructed year 1970. Its reservoir area is about 4,460 hectares and can be a great recreation site for swimming, fishing, water skiing, boating and many more. The site is recommended for educational tours.
Bonsai Forest. This forest is at Sumanget, Dinapigue. It is about twenty thousand hectares. This is accessible by land from Baler, Aurora or by air from Cauayan Airport.
Other man made attractions includes World’s Largest Butaka, Isabela Museum and Library; and Camp Samal Hotel, Resort, Training Center and Leisure Park.
The province is in the central northern part region of Luzon. It is bounded in the north and northeast by Ifugao and Isabela; on the west by Pangasinan and Benguet in the south by Neva Ecija; and on the east and southeast by Aurora and Quirino. Neva Vizcaya has a total land area of 3,903.90 square kilometers. If from Manila, Neva Vizcaya is 287 kilometers travel by land.
Neva Vizcaya is home to some famous mountains in the Philippines. In fact you will find in this province the second highest mountain in the Philippines which is the Mt. Pulag. Aside from that you get to enjoy the eco tourism sites in the province. Below are the tourist attractions that you should not miss when in the province.
Saint Dominic Cathedral. This is the first cathedral in the province. It was destroyed by fire twice and rebuilt in the same site and to date it is twice as if its original size. Though it was rebuilt twice still it maintains its original facade which becomes a relic in the past.
People’s Museum and Library. This is a two storey building which showcases the Novo Vizcayano’s heritage and history.
Dalton Pass. The pass is where the bloody fight in the final phase of the World War II ensued between the Japanese and the Filipino and American soldiers. It is named after Gen. James Dalton who got killed during the end of World War II. This pass is also the gateway to the Ifugao Rice Terraces and Cagayan Valley Region.
Other Historical sites worth to visit are Neva Vizcaya Provincial Capitol Complex and Dupax Del Sir Church.
Capisaan Cave System. This cave is the fifth longest cave in the Philippines. It is situated at Barangay Capisaan, Kasibu. It consists of other cave networks like Alayan Caves and Lion Caves. Alayan Cave is rated as one of the best cave in the Philippines. It is in this cave that you find one of a kind calcite formation. Tours can be arranged if desired.
Imugan Water Falls. This falls is in Sta. Fe, Neva Vizcaya. You can enjoy swimming, trekking and fishing. Just within the area you will find the Imugan Mountain Fresh Factory which produces fruit jams and spreads. Visitors can certainly watch how they are made and they can buy their own fruits spreads and jams.
Mt. Ugu. This beautiful mountain provides trails which is becoming a favorite for mountain climbers. Along the way they discover different tribes like the Kalanguya tribes.
Other sites to see in Neva Vizcaya include the Mt. Palali, Ambaguio and the Kayapa Fruits and Vegetable Farms.
The province is situated in the southeastern part of Cagayan Valley Region. It is bounded in the north by Isabela, in the west and southwest is Neva Vizcaya; and on the east and southeast is Neva Vizcaya. Its total land area is 3,057 square kilometers. The province is popular for its natural wonders, its wildlife and adventure.
Nagbukel Cave. The cave is at Diffun, Quirino. This place is just perfect for retreats, in fact most tourists come in this place during Holy week just to meditate and be with nature. The place is maintained and taken cared of by a religious sect the Lamplighter.
Aglipay Caves and Campsite. This is composed of several caves, in fact it consist of thirty-eight caves and seven of it is developed as tourists spots, The caves takes pride of its stalactites and stalagmites as well as underground spring. This place is just perfect for camping and other outdoor activities.
Other attractions worth to visit is Nagtipunan Town, Bisangal Falls, Sta.Victoria Falls, Addalam Dam & Watershed, Mactol Falls and the Governor Rapids.