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Isabela

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Natural

BONSAI FOREST at Sumanget, Dinapigue is about 20,000 hectares. The area is accessible by land transport from Baler in Aurora Province and by air from Cauayan Airport.

STA. VICTORIA CAVES Environmental School at Fuyo National Park features naturally formed lattices and sparkling rock formations. Visitors will be given lectures, allowed to plant their own seedlings and will be enrolled to the Environmental School and given certificates. Within the area is the Pinzal Falls conducive for swimming. The park is 15 kilometers from Ilagan town proper.

NORTHERN SIERRA MADRE NATURAL PARK (PALANAN RAINFOREST) is the largest protected area in the country with more than 300,000 hectares of rainforest and is the lowest at 800 feet above sea level. Declared number 1 in biodiversity but also one of the 10 biodiversity hotspots in the world. Researches conducted in the Park by national and international organizations concerned with environmental preservations showed the existence of unknown and unnamed species of flora and fauna. A confirmed habitat of the Philippine Eagle and the Cloud Rat. Its coastal areas host whales and dolphins and other cetaceans. Ideal for scuba diving and other water sports. A mountaineering/trekking challenge! The place is accessible by light aircraft from Cauayan Airport, pumpboat from Sta. Ana in Cagayan and Baler in Aurora Province and trekking from San Mariano, Cauayan and Ilagan in Isabela. It is also accessible by air transportation from Tuguegarao Airport through CHEMTRAD.

Man-Made

GUIBANG CHURCH houses the Miraculous Lady of the Visitacion, a national shrine. Guibang Church is located along the national highway of Gamu, Isabela and frequently visited by travelers passing along Maharlika Highway.

PARISH CHURCH OF ST. MATHIAS IN TUMAUINI was built in 1753 under Dominican Supervision and was completed in 1805. It is an ultra-baroque church unique for its extensive use of baked clay both for wall finishing and ornamentation. Clay bricks come to life in concentric circles on the facade, spiral curves on the finial serpentine reliefs and many finely molded details flowers, foliage, surfaces, cherubs and saints. Its architecture bears Chinese ancestry. This church of stone features a unique cylindrical bell tower that is the only one of its kind in the Philippines.

THE CHURCH OF ALICIA (Our Lady of Atocha Parish) AND GAMU are famous for their antique Spanish architectural designs. These churches are along the national highway and are very accessible by land transport

MAGAT DAM TOURISM COMPLEX (MAGAT HYDRO ELECTRIC POWER PLANT) is Asias biggest dam project at the time of its construction. It serves the primary function of power generation and irrigation. Built at a cost of $83.7 M (P3.5B) during the 70s, the plant can generate a power of 360 megawatts for the Luzon Grid and is capable of irrigating 102,000 hectares of agricultural land, Its reservoir area of 4,450 hectares has a great potential for water-based recreation like fishing, swimming, boating and water skiing among others. The plant is accessible by passenger jeepneys and buses from Santiago City.

SAN PABLO CHURCH. The church was built in 1625 and is said to be the oldest in the province and its bell tower is the tallest in the Cagayan Valley. San Pablo, the oldest town of Isabela was founded by Padre de Sto. Tomas, 210 years before Isabela was made a province.

Historical

AGUINALDO SHRINE in Palanan, Isabela is the historical place where Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo was captured by the American forces, thus ending the Philippine Revolution in 1901. It is accessible by aircraft, pumpboat and trekking thru Sta. Ana, Cagayan, San Mariano/Cauayan and Ilagan, Isabela respectively.

LONG LIST OF TOURISM ATTRACTIONS/ DESTINATIONS

Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park

a. Dinapigue
Bonsai Forest
Dibulo Falls

b. San Mariano
Dibulo Falls
Rapids and Hydro Power Site

c. Palanan
Aguinaldo Park/Shrine
Digoyo Cave
Digoyo Point
Dicangrayan Falls
Dominalno Lake
Disadsad Falls
Hagdan na Bato
Ancient Burial Site at Brgy. Dimolit (Archeological Site)
Palanan Wilderness/Rainforest
Payong na Bato
Sabang Area/Island
Sisangkilan Falls
Tatlong Bato
Tumarindik
White Beach
Culasi Beach

d. Divilacan
Bicobian Cove
Honeymoon Island

e. Tumauini
Antagan Caves

f. Ilagan
Sta. Victoria Caves
Fuyot Springs

SPECIAL INTEREST

Trekking, mountaineering, camping and exploration at Palanan, Dinapigue, Maconacon and Divilacan forest area

Diving and snorkeling at Dicotcotan Beach

River Cruise at Palanan River

Crocodile Watching (Crocodylus Mindorensis) at San Mariano at night.

Marine Habitat Appreciation: Pristine Mangrove, coral reefs, diving, snorkeling and swimming

Terrestrial Habitat Appreciation: trekking and bird watching (Philippine eagle and, cloud rat, golden crowned flying fox)

 

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