The Bonsai Forest in Dinapigue

Bonsai Forest Sumanget Dinapigue Isabela Landscape Size Hectares Area Trees Height Park Nature Reserve Location Distance Kilometer Tour Guide Visit Map Layout Plant Farm Barangay Province History The Bonsai Forest is located in Barangay Sumanget, Dinapigue in Isabela Province. The Dinapigue Bonsai Park spans a landscape of over 5,000 hectares of bonsai trees, many of which measure up to seven feet in height. The area is accessible by land transport from Baler in Aurora Province and by air from the Cauayan Airport. Continue reading

The Mushroom Center in Cauayan

Mushroom Center, Cauayan City, IsabelaThe Mushroom Center is located in Cauayan City in Isabela Province. Cauayan is often referred to as the ‘Mushroom City of the North.” Established in 2007 for the One Town, One Product government program, the Mushroom Center has been successful in developing mushroom products that are fast becoming bestsellers in trade fairs. Their product line includes oyster mushroom spawns, mushroom pickles, burger patties, tempura, dinakdakan, empanada, mushroom sisig, and even mushroom lumpia. These products are all available at the Mushroom Center located at Tagaran in Cauayan. Branded as the Green Ladies’ Harvest, these products are fast becoming bestsellers in trade fairs and provide livelihood to more than a hundred beneficiaries of the OTOP Program in Mushroom City. Continue reading

Aguinaldo Shrine in Palanan

Aguinaldo Shrine Palanan Isabela Monument Location Revolution General Frederick Funston Landmark Death Tomb Emilio Church Yard River Santa Cagayan Mariano Cauayan Ilagan History Description Info The Aguinaldo Shrine in Isabela Province is located in the municipality of Palanan. Although Isabela did not play a major role in the revolt against Spain, it was in Palanan that the final battles of the Philippines Revolution took place when the American forces led by General Frederick Funston finally captured General Emilio Aguinaldo. Aguinaldo was captured at a former schoolhouse there in 1901. The Palanan Aguinaldo Shrine is located outside the churchyard, on the bluff overlooking the Palanan River. The Isabela Aguinaldo Shrine is accessible by aircraft, pumpboat and trekking thru Sta. Ana, Cagayan, San Mariano/Cauayan and Ilagan, Isabela respectively. Continue reading

Parish Church of St Mathias in Tumauini Isabela

San Matias Parish Church Saint Tumauini Isabela Dominican Construction Spanish Architecture 1753 Spain Facade Brick Walls Chinese Influence Clay Complex Location History Map Interior Schedule Hours The Tumauini Church, formally known as the San Matias Parish Church, is located in Tumauini, Isabela Province. The Parish Church of St Mathias in Tumauini was built in 1753 under Dominican Supervision and was completed in 1805. It is a well-preserved church in Isabela featuring an ultra-baroque church unique for its extensive use of baked clay both for wall finishing and ornamentation. The church’s walls are made entirely of brick. The façade is a magnificent display of the use of ornamented brick laid out in characteristic design. Customized bricks were numbered and placed customized to fit the walls. The church’s interior, similar to the façade is veneered with ornamented bricks. The upper half of the interior wall is laid with ornately designed brick blocks. Tumauini’s bell tower is cylindrical in shape. The church complex is fenced with Continue reading

San Pablo Church in Isabela

San Pablo Church Isabela Cagayan Valley Cabagan Viejo Nuevo Diego Torre Salvador Cruz Ambrosio Calingayan BuildingThe San Pablo Church in Isabela 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. The farthest northern town of Isabela is San Pablo, once the site of the old Cabagan before it was divided into two pueblos in 1647 — Cabagan Viejo and Cabagan Nuevo. Fr. Diego dela Torre (OP) started building the present church in 1709 with the assistance of two local craftsmen: Salvador dela Cruz and Ambrosio Calingayan. In 1888, Cabagan Viejo was renamed as San Pablo. It was the only church in Cagayan Valley to be built with soft stones that has hastened its deterioration. It has been in ruins since it was damaged during World War II and is currently being restored. Continue reading

Guibang Church in Gamu, Isabela

Guibang Church Gamu Isabela Miraculous Lady Visitacion National Highway Carmine Pocco Catholic Location Building History ConstructionThe Guibang Church is located in Gamu, Isabela and 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. The Guibang Church It is now as famous as the Piat Basilica Minore because it also comes alive on July of every year when religious pilgrims from all walks of life come to offer prayers of good health, peace and abundance, among many other intentions. The image of the Our Lady of the Visitation was canonically crowned by the Most Rev. Carmine Pocco, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines on May 26, 1973 at the St. Ferdinand Cathedral in Ilagan, Isabela. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines at its 52nd Annual Bishop’s Meeting held in Tagaytay City on January 24-26, Continue reading

Malamawi Island in Basilan

Malamawi Island Isabela Basilan White Beach Lighthouse Sand Mindanao Lighthouse Location Surf Security Snorkeling Fisihing Village Malamawi Island is located in Isabela, Basilan. It is considered the gateway to Basilan Province. Here, the parola of the lighthouse guides ships and vintas to the channel. Here can also be found the traditional final resting places of the nomad sea-faring Badjaos and Samal-Luans-Banguingui. The island boasts of the only lake in the province with wild ducks and is home to the Panigayan fishing village, an ideal spearfishing destination. The beaches on Malamawi have been compared to the White Sand beaches of Boracay. Locals are predominantly Muslim Yakans and Tausugs although there are Chavacanos, who are mostly Christians. Religion aside, they welcome visitors and will be more than glad to be of assistance. Malamawi Island may not be as enticing in comparison to other famous beach resorts in Mindanao owing to some security issues, nonetheless, this Continue reading

Dikit Festival in Aurora

Dikit Festival AuroraKnown for being an agricultural municipality, the Municipality of Aurora in Isabela Province annually celebrates its Dikit Festival every 28th to 30th of April. Dikit is an Ilokano term meaning glutinous rice. The festival is celebrated to showcase this mouth-watering delicacy and its by-products which are bibingka, muriecos, inangit, tupig, kalamay and tinudok, among others. Farmers in Aurora plant this glutinous rice served to guests during special occasions.

Balatong Festival in San Mateo

Balatong Festival San MateoThe Balatong Festival is held every May in San Mateo, Isabela Province. Mungo beans are not just a rich source of protein. It is also so packed with economic potential that it is referred to as “black gold”. For a town bent on maximizing the development potentials of its resources, the Balatong Festival draws attention to yet another product. In previous years, the annual town fiesta promoted duck-related products during the Pato Festival. The two-day festival will showcase a grand parade in the municipality, agro-trade fair focusing on the different food products derived from munggo, Palaro ng Lahi, Byahe sa Kabalatungan, Continue reading

The Sabutan Festival in Palanan

PandanThe Sabutan Festival in Palanan, Isabela province is usually held in March. The festival highlights the importance of growing palm trees called Sabutan in the province which is used to weave a variety of useful products like hats, placemats, fans and even native dress. It features native dance presentation, trade fair, cultural shows and exhibits. Sabutan is named after the local name for pandan (Pandanus tectorius) which is plentiful in the town. The people of Palanan are fine craftsmen who weave dyed and natural colored strips into a variety of bags, hats, and placemats, among other items that have both traditional and contemporary designs. For the festival, the sabutan products are not only sold, these are aslo used as a theme and Continue reading