Category: Cagayan

Discovering Iguig, The Pottery Center of Cagayan

Along the highway running north from Tuguegarao City lies a small riverside town that continues to shape its unique heritage. Like many municipalities across the province of Cagayan, Iguig centers around an impressive Spanish church which – unlike others built from adobe or coral stone elsewhere in the country –...

Scenic Hiking on Palaui Island, Cagayan

With a name echoing that of a Pacific island nation, Palaui Island in Cagayan province is a tropical paradise in its own right. Lush, roughhewn and deserted, it exudes an ends-of-the-earth beauty reminiscent of faraway Batanes, despite being only a swimming distance away from the Luzon mainland. It is refreshingly...

Camalaniugan, Cagayan – Home of the Oldest Church Bell in the Far East

Sancta Maria Bell, forged in 1595 From the Spanish church ruins of Pudtol, Apayao, we continued northeast of Cagayan province. Just off the national highway en route to the busy trading town of Aparri is the riverside municipality of Camalaniugan, which – as proudly heralded on the town’s welcome arch...

Calayan Island: Seeking the Calayan Rail (Piding) at Longog Wildlife Sanctuary

Calayan Rail. Photo by ISLA Biodiversity Conservation What propelled remote Calayan Island to national attention a few years back were not its stunning coastlines, but an avian discovery in its thick forested interior. The Calayan Rail (Gallirallus calayanensis), locally known as piding, is an island-endemic species of flightless bird found...

Calayan Island: Jaw-dropping Chasms of Nagudungan Hill

Nagudungan Hill is one of the most spectacular seascapes in the country! The white-sand coves along the southeast coastline of Calayan Island are fenced in by soaring precipices of volcanic rock. The most stunning cliffs are gouged out by wind and water from Nagudungan Hill stretching out to the sea...