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 EAZYTraveler.net 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 →

Location: Brgy. Maligaya, Palanan, Isabela Type: Fan horsetail Covering a total of 359,486 hectares, the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park is the largest and most diverse protected area in the Philippines. NSMNP is found mainly on the four coastal Isabela towns of Maconacon, Divilacan, Palanan and Dinapigue. Naturally, NSMNP is home to rare and endangered wildlife. And the vastness of its tropical rainforests lies several waterfalls. For the final leg of our adventure trip, we first went to Dicotcotan Beach. Then after we had a sumptuous lunch of paksiw, inihaw, and kilawing fresh fish, we boarded the chartered boat going to the jump off point.Read More →

The Province of Isabela is not on the high list of travelers and tourists. Although it is the second largest province in the Philippines with a total land area of12,414.93 square kilometers (Palawan is the largest at 17,030.75 sq. kms.), it is generally characterized with expansive plains and rugged mountains. Thus, major tourism draws are secluded in the eastern side of the province, accessible only by small planes, long boat trips and days-long hikes. Because of its isolation, there are several amazing sights and places that easily elude tourists and travelers. One of them is Dicotcotan Beach in Palanan, Isabela. Locals boast that it isRead More →

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