Limbo Lake is located in Villaviciosa in the southern part of Abra Province. Though not as popular as the Kimkimay Lake, it offers an ideal place for campers and hikers for it cannot be reached by jeepneys and buses. The distance to travel is however negligible. Villaviciosa can be reached from Benguet Province through the Abra–Ilocos Sur Road, the most frequently used route. From the province of Ilocos Sur, Villaviciosa Lake can be reached through the Candon via San Emilio to Luba-Tamac, Villaviciosa Road and the Sta. Maria-Burgos, Ilocos Sur via Pilar-Villaviciosa Road. Continue reading
The Don Mariano Marcos Bridge is a steel bridge cutting across the mighty Abra River in the municipality of Tayum, Abra. Located along the Abra Kalinga National Road which is the third longest bridge in the country today with a total length of 886.812 linear meters. The Don Mariano Marcos Bridge is strategically located between the boundaries of Tayum, Lagangilang and Dolores at one scenic portion of Abra River. The Don Mariano Marcos bridge itself collapsed in 1989. It took the Philippine Department of PUblic Works and Highways seven years to repair the bridge. Continue reading
The Abra River is the major artery and source of life for the people that live in Abra Province. This is the biggest, longest and most popular river among the numerous rivers criss-crossing the valleys of the province. The Abra River runs from high in the mountains through lowland farms and into the China Sea, and through several provinces. two provinces, including the Mountain Province, Abra Province and Ilocos Sur. The Abra River flows northward for more than 90 kilometers. At Lagang-ilang, the river bends to the west, breaks through the granite wall of the Malaya Range and empties itself into the South China Sea (south of Vigan). For many generations, communities along the Abra River made their living from farming, fishing, handicrafts, and small-scale mining of gold and copper. In recent years, large corporations have begun mining the area’s gold, Continue reading
Gabriela Silang Monument in Abra is located in Pidigan. Gabriela Silang was the first Filipina to lead a revolt against Spain. She was born in Ilocos Sur on March 1, 1731. After the murder of her second husband, Diego Silang, she led his troops in a policy of harassment that earned her the title of “Generala”. Outnumbered she fled to the mountains where she was captured, and after a summary trial, hanged publicly in Vigan on September 20, 1763. Today, her monument stands at the town plaza of Pidigan, near the Tangadan Tunnel, to remind every one of the gallant stand and the ideals she and her husband fought and died for.
The Boliney Hot Spring is located in Bani, in Abra Province. The place is ideal for swimmers who love taking a bath in hot and cold water. You should bring some extra clothes after swimming but aside from that, you might need to bring some extra durable slippers. Aside from its hot spring, the locality offers a vivid experience in mountain travel with a winding road cruise alongside and between mountain ranges. The Boliney Hot Spring can be reached by jeepneys after travelling 32 kilometers of dirt road. There will be some trekking involved before you could reach the spring. In order to get to Boliney, you have to first cross a river and five streams to get in and out of the municipality. Continue reading
The Don Teodoro Brillantes Family Museum is located in Tayum, Abra Province. It is the ancestral house of Don Teodoro Brillantes. Today it is a private museum which houses the collections and mementos of the Brillantes family with a strong reflection of the Spanish culture. Delve into the past when Spaniards ruled over the country. This museum showcases a collection of moments and antiques the provide a glimpse of Spanish culture that was prevalent centuries back in Abra. Continue reading
The Libtec Underground River in Dolores is an enchanting river housed in the Libtec Caves. This underground river is located in Barangay Libtec, Dolores, in Abra Province. From a distance, one can see a cave protruding at the surface of a seemingly empty field. But underneath, the surface a flowing underground river mirrors the jutting stalagmites, giving one both a sense of wonder. Residents in the area claim the place is home to some “mysterious” water creatures.
The Tangadan Tunnel is located San Quintin, Abra. Tangadan Tunnel is also known locally as “Usok” located in Barangay Tangadan in the town of San Quintin. It has a length of 62.5 meters. If you try to notice the provincial seal, there is a horse symbolism and at the side of the tunnel, there is a row of horses too. Near the tunnel is a horse monument where Gabriela Silang is riding. The ‘Usok’ in Tangadan was built in 1934 and took 2 years to complete. During World War II, Allied forces tried to destroy the tunnel twice to impede the advancing Japanese soldiers. It did not totally collapse. It was restored in 1961 through the efforts of former Congressman Lucas Paredes who worked for the appropriation of over P200,000.00 for the tunnel’s reconstruction and improvement. The Tangadan Tunnel is located along the Abra– Ilocos Continue reading
Abra is an inland province in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon Philippines, bordered in the north side by the Ilocos Norte and Apayao, south side by Ilocos Sur and Mountain Province, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur on the west side, and in the east side is Kalinga and Apayao. As it straddles the Ilocandia and the Cordillera, these landlocked province is a melting pot of the lowland people of dominant Spanish ancestry and the unique ethnicity of the upland Tingguian tribe.