Cape Engano Cove

The northeastern town of Santa Ana in Cagayan has for the past five years gained traction towards being a top tourism draw. Reached from Manila approximately 12 hours by land travel, it has drawn great raves and praises so much so that two editions of the reality TV show Survivor (Survivor: Blood vs. Water, Survivor: Cagayan) were shot primarily in this coastal town. What made Santa Ana more famous is Palaui Island which is separated from mainland Luzon by the Babuyan Channel. Here are the five major reasons why Palaui is worth all the trouble and the hype: 1. CNN Travel Top 10 Best BeachRead More →

Humpback whale

In a far off land there lies a wonder of nature never yet spoiled by insatiable human greed. Separated from the bigger Luzon Island by the oftentimes treacherous waters of Babuyan Channel, Camiguin is every inch a tropical paradise. Within the depths of its waters and the breadth of its forests and mountains are diverse wonders of nature. None more stunningly breathtaking than the cetaceans that call Camiguin as its home. Based on the research works of, humpback whales regularly visit the island to mate, breed, and play in its waters between the months of February and April. They are part of the AsianRead More →

After the proclamation of the Philippine independence from the Spanish colonial government on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite, the newly freed nation was living on a dangerous ground. With its former colonizers nearly at the end of its stranglehold of the archipelago, a new imperialistic master was preparing to take over. The Malolos Congress ratified the Malolos Constitution on January 20, 1899 in Malolos, Bulacan; approved by¬†General Emilio Aguinaldo on January 21; promulgated on January 22. On January 23, 1899, the First Philippine Republic was formally birthed with General Aguinaldo as the president. The young republic however was soon dragged into a war againstRead More →

At the southern part of the natural park is a bonsai forest. It has an estimated area of 5000 hectares. The apparent absence or lack of study has failed to establish the pedological and geological reasons of the bonsai forest in Dinapigue. But it does not diminish the fact that the bonsai forest adds luster and charm to the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park being included in the Tentative List of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you are planning to visit the bonsai forest, you have to secure a permit from the LGU. Hire a motorcycle and make it sure that your driver isRead More →

Location: Dibulo, Dinapigue, Isabela Type: Slide horsetail After I and Edgar Allan Zeta Yap of explored the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park in June, I felt deep in my heart that I need to go back to my home province of Isabela. Apparently, I had to explore Isabela as I firmly believed there are a lot more to be seen and discovered. The southeastern town of Dinapigue was my destination. In June, we were able to cover the three coastal towns of Maconacon, Divilacan, and Palanan. We did not have enough time to go further south. So, after I have visited Sagada, Mountain Province,Read More →

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