In 2010, only a few tourist destinations are known in Abra and I started this project to unveil the beauty of its towns by documenting as many destinations as possible that I could cover. I published my discoveries here on my blog for the world to see.

✈ The province of Abra has twenty-seven (27) towns. As of this writing, I've explored twenty-five (25) of its towns in varying degree.

✈ In 2013, I was offered to conceptualize and be part of a government-backed coffee table book project featuring the potential tourist attractions and wonders in the province, hence, I was able to cover more places I never imagined.

[Abra Province, Cordillera Administrative Region, Luzon Island, Philippines]


The province of Abra has twenty-seven (27) towns. As of this writing, I've explored twenty-five (25) of its towns in varying degree. The two remaining towns I have to explore yet are Lagayan and Lacub. I started to explore Abra in 2010 with my brother and I've been so curious what to see in this province ever since. 

In 2010, only a few tourist destinations are known in Abra and I started this project to unveil the beauty of its towns by documenting as many destinations as possible that I could cover. I published my discoveries here on my blog for the world to see. In 2013, I was offered to conceptualize and be part of a government-backed coffee table book project featuring the potential tourist attractions and wonders in the province, hence, I was able to cover more places I never imagined. My photos and articles covering Abra were also published for the first time on that book. Later on, several magazine editors also got interested in publishing my photos and stories. However, after several writing and photography projects featuring Abra, my thirst for adventure wasn't quenched and I realized that there are still more places to explore in Abra. Until now, I still allot a time to discover more of the hidden treasures in the province. By the way, I am not a resident of Abra. 

Below are the different attractions in Abra sorted according to town for easier browsing. The towns were also arranged in alphabetical order starting with Bangued. I created numbered tabs to organize the destinations, interesting sites, and attractions of each town for easier navigation. Not included in this list are the towns of Lacub and Lagayan--the two remaining towns I haven't explored yet in Abra.
Bangued
Bangued is the capital town of Abra and is basically the gateway to the other towns in the province. It's the commercial, financial, cultural and political center of the province. Its attractions include cultural, historical and natural destinations. The town is located in the heart of the Abra Valley so the weather here is way hotter compared to the other highland towns. Below are the destinations, attractions, sites, and scenes you might like to see in Bangued.

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1. ABRA PROVINCIAL CAPITOL: Let's start with the Provincial Capitol in Bangued, the capital town of Abra. To someone who loves chasing after structures and public buildings, the provincial capitol is likely the most notable landmark in Abra. Start your Abra tour from here. There are markers placed inside the Capitol if you want to learn its history.

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2. SAINT JAMES THE ELDER CATHEDRAL: Also known as Bangued Cathedral, this church is a popular landmark in the province of Abra. The church was built during the Spanish colonial era when Juan de Salcedo pushed to Christianize the province in spite of the resistance of the Itneg tribes residing in the province.

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3. PARISH RECTORY: Abra has its own share of history as far as Roman Catholicism is concerned. If you are a fan of things related to the Church history, do visit the Parish rectory. In 1920, the SVD took jurisdiction over the province of Abra and this house was the second regional house of the SVD when it transferred here from Tayum.

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4. CALABA BRIDGE: Calaba bridge is an iconic modular bridge in Abra. It connects the towns of Bangued and La Paz spanning over the great Abra River. It's 900 meters in length. The bridge is a good place to watch both the sunrise and sunset over the Abra River.

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5. SAPILANG TWIN FALLS: The town of Bangued also has ecotourism destinations to offer. One of my favorites is the Sapilang Twin Waterfall. It's 1-2 hours of hike from the jump-off in Barangay Sagap with several layers along the trail. The highlight are the twin falls located in the highest part of the trail.

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6. SAN LORENZO RUIZ SHRINE: The San Lorenzo Ruiz Shrine is a brick chapel with a golden history. Its history is related to a certain Rosa Balitoc (gold) who donated gold bars she accidentally dug in her yard for the construction of this church. The late Rosa Balitoc was buried inside the chapel.

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7. QUINTIN PAREDES HOUSE: The Quintin Paredes ancestral house is a national historical landmark. Quintin Paredes was the Senate President during the time of President Elpidio Quirino. He is the fifth senate president in the Philippine political history. This house is the birthplace of Paredes.

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8. VICTORIA PARK AT CASSAMATA HILL: Cassamata Hill National Park is a geographical name referring to the long stretch of hills under public domain located at the east portion of the Bangued town center. Victoria Park, on the other hand, is a man-made park located at one of the highest parts of the Cassamata hill. Got the difference? Victoria Park is a perfect place to view the Bangued downtown, the Abra River, the Abra Valley and the Sleeping Beauty Mountain.

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9. ABRA RIVER IN CALABA: Abra has no beach, so during summer, this part of Abra River becomes a popular summer destination because of its accessibility. Hut cottages pop out along the river shores. Swim with the locals here during summer.

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10. BANGUED MUNICIPAL HALL: Town halls are not really popular tourist attractions but travelers have different interests so I included this on this list. Personally, I consider town halls interesting and worth visiting whether it is old or new, big or small, classic or modern. I make it sure to see the town/city hall of every town/city I visit because they speak a lot about the town they represent. One thing more, I want to visit all the town and city halls in the Philippines so I just thought you might be interested seeing this too so I added it here.

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Boliney
Boliney is a tribal town primarily populated by the Masadiit tribe. Other tribes are the Belwang and the Balatok. Its valleys and narrow mountainside rice fields are irrigated by the Ikmin river. The town is also the main location of the Mount Poswey National Park that hosts rich biodiversity. See my lists below for the interesting sites and places I've seen and visited in Boliney.

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1. IKMIN RIVER: Wild, rough and raging, the Ikmin River plays a huge role in the local legends and culture of Boliney. It is where their goddess 'Bolinayan' took a bath. The name of the town was derived from the goddess' name. It is adjacent to the Bani Hot Spring. Uma (remember Pinoy Big Brother Season 1?) has been here for their now-defunct late night travel show Trip na Trip in ABS-CBN with the now Tourism Undersecretary Katherine de Castro.

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2. BANI HOT SPRING: That huge rock where the man was standing is the source of the hot spring that directly flows to the cool Ikmin River (see tab 1). Dip with caution, I got minor skin burn by unwittingly dipping my right foot to the boiling spring. The Bani Hot Spring is as well part of the local legends of Boliney.

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3. MOUNT POSWEY: Mount Poswey is said to be the highest mountain in Abra and is the core of the larger protected natural landscape called the Mount Poswey National Park that extends to the town of Tubo. The mountain is sacred for the Masadiit tribesmen because they believe that it's the home of their god Kabunian. The mountain is also rich in flora and fauna. I also spotted a Philippine eagle here. Yes, this mountain is a breeding ground for that endangered species.

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4. MOUNT TOMOY-OK: Mount Tomoy-ok is still a part of the Mount Poswey National Park. The mountain has numerous creeks, rivers, boulders and waterfalls.

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5. DAMANIL RIVER, SITIO DONGYAAP: In all of my listicles covering tourist destinations to visit, I always include rivers and even creeks because as I said, each traveler is different. Like me, I want to see and document as many rivers as I can in the Philippines so they're always a part of my every travel narrative. I included this on this post to inform fellow travelers there looking for rivers to see or document.

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Bucay
The town of Bucay is geographically located in the center of Abra province. Bucay was established on October 29, 1846 and the first settlers were Itnegs. It became the first provincial capital of Abra when the military form of government was set up in May 1847. To reach Bucay, you either have to hire a tricycle from Bangued (costlier but more efficient) or ride a Bucay-bound jeep which is cheaper. Below are the destinations, sites, scenes and tourist attractions I've seen so far.

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1. CASA REAL RUINS: Standing in the Bucay Poblacion at the back of the present-day town hall is a lonely ruin of the old provincial capitol of the province. The façade is the only thing that's remaining.

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2. BUCAY MUNICIPAL HALL: Bucay town hall is charming and one of the most beautiful town halls in Abra. You may want to check it out.

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3. BOROKIBOK SPRING RESORT: Borokibok Spring Resort harnessed the beauty and power of nature to develop a resort with a man-made swimming pool. The pool is fed by a natural spring. The resort is managed by the Bucay LGU.

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4. ROCES CAVE: Roces cave is 30-minute trek and hike away from the main road in Brgy Pakiling. It has several chambers, crystalline rock formations, white-washed cave ceilings and bats. There are also several openings in some parts of the cave allowing the light to enter creating a dramatic effect.

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Bucloc
For the town of Bucloc, I've only explored it once. I was only able to see it in a general perspective though so I couldn't suggest more specific destintions to see here yet. However, Bucloc is a beautiful destination itself if you want to disconnect from the stress of the urban life. The town is located in a beautiful river valley lined with rice terraces inhabited by both Ilocano people and the Masadiit tribe. So there, enjoy Bucloc with its stunning landscapes, valleys and mountains.


Daguioman
Another beautiful town in Abra is the town of Daguioman. Like Bucloc, it's a town located in a river valley also lined with rice terraces. I haven't really explored more of its hinterlands, mountains and remote villages so I couldn't suggest more specific destinations yet. However, you could enjoy the warmth of the Banao/Banaw tribesmen here. If you are adventurous enough, there are waterfalls, rivers and rapids in Daguioman (I have yet to see). Just coordinate with the locals if you want to visit them. I've only visited the poblacion and mingled with the tribespeople.


Danglas
Danglas is another exciting highland town in Abra located at the border of Ilocos Norte and its mother province Abra. Its wilderness is home to wild boars, deers and wild chicken. Traditional hunting is still practiced in this town with hunters staying in the forests up to one week depending on their target. The recently constructed Ilocos Norte-Abra road unveiled the beauty of the town. It's now more accessible than ever. Below are the places I've discovered and explored in Danglas. To reach Danglas, ride on a Danglas-bound jeep from Bangued. Travel time is around 45 minutes.

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1. BANDI RIVER: For the very first time in my life, I drank directly from a river and sipped a hot soup cooked using river water. Bandi River in Barangay Nagaparan was the first river that allowed me to experience such. It's a great, wild, beautiful river located deep in the mountains of Danglas. I had to trek for more than one hour just to see this river.

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2. LIPIT CASCADES: Several hundred meters away from our base camp in Bandi River was this cascade called "Lipit", an Ilocano word referring to a narrow passageway. The water of this cascade/waterfall actually drain into a narrow gorge, hence the name.

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3. DANGLAS MUNICIPAL HALL: This is the municipal hall of Danglas, just in case you're curious how does it look like.

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4. MAPASO HOT SPRING: Mapaso Hot Spring is one of the things you can see and experience in Nagaparan, Danglas. A hot (potentially scorching) spring water comes out the stone where the man on the photo was standing. The hot spring directly flows to the cold Bandi River though. The natural catch basin of the hot spring has been altered now by human (according to my guide).

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5. ABRA-ILOCOS NORTE ROAD: If you're a rider, the Abra-Ilocos Norte road segment in Danglas is a great ride destination with its beautiful roadside views that are truly breathtaking.

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6. NAGAPARAN WATERFALLS: "Nagaparan Waterfalls" is the description I'll be using for that group of many unnamed waterfalls located in Brgy Nagaparan in Danglas town. All of these waterfalls drop to the Bandi River coming from different directions.

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Dolores
The town of Dolores, though relatively smaller in land area compared to the other towns in Abra, is rich in natural wonders and culture. Its small land area is concentrated with adventure destinations packaged with a beautiful culture. To reach Dolores, ride a Dolores-bound jeep in Zone 7, Bangued in front of the DPWH compound. Below is a list of interesting destinations, places and scenes I have seen and experienced in Dolores.

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1. QUILING CRYSTAL CAVE: The Quiling Crystal Cave is the most publicized cave in Abra. Its relative popularity has attracted visitors from nearby towns. The entrance opening of this cave is so small that it would require you to bend down or crawl if you're not flexible. Bats also abound inside.

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2. DON MARIANO MARCOS BRIDGE: The presence of the Abra River and its tributaries has intensified the need of the province of Abra for more bridges that will interconnect the towns and villages. The longest of the many long steel and foot bridges in Abra is the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial Bridge connecting the towns of Tayum and Dolores. It used to be one of the longest bridges in the Philippines after its construction. However, longer bridges have been constructed thereafter.

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3. ABRA RIVER VIEW IN DOLORES: The Abra River is long. In Abra, you'd have the chance to view it from different vantage points, perspectives and from various towns. Here's the one from Dolores.

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4. SIMMIMBAAN CREEK: Simmimbaan is the destination I would confidently recommend to all types of travelers and tourists whenever they want to explore Abra because I'm pretty sure it won't disappoint. The only problem here is the accessibility and the availability of guides. However, if the adventure is arranged beforehand, every effort will be of worth. This place is one of my personal favorites in Abra.

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5. IMMITLOG HILL: This mountain is actually the first mountain I climbed in Abra. Its shape is like an egg from afar, hence the name itlog which means 'egg.' The three crosses there were the result of three dreams (that thing you experience during sleep) experienced by three persons from three different occasions (do you think it was co-incident?). When these three people met, they realized they have seen the same thing in their dreams and a sign to turn that dream into reality. The three crosses were built based on what they saw in their dreams. Interesting right?

6. LIBTEC CAVE AND UNDERGROUND RIVER: If you wish to visit this underground river to have a selfie beneath the earth, be sure to have a waterproof camera. The minimum requirements you'll have to do are get wet, hug the rocks and be dirty. Be sure also to get an expert guide who's familiar enough in navigating the subterranean area. Get a GPS-enabled device and tell your family you're going here just in case you'll get stuck below. Also, charge your phone and hope to get a signal from down under for you to call for help just in case.

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7. SAKUTING FESTIVAL: This festival speaks about the beautiful culture of Dolores. Sakuting dance has Chinese influences. They use sticks to drive evil spirits away. On the other hand, the story line of their dance performances involves the resistance of the Itneg people from accepting Christianity which they eventually accepted. The dance performances also portray the intermarriage and intercultural harmony of the Ilocano and the Itneg people living in Dolores. The festival happens every March.

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Lagangilang
The town of Lagangilang is at least 30 minutes away from the town of Bangued located along the Abra-Kalinga Road. It was first inhabited by the Itneg tribes of Abra. Later on, Ilocano people (who entered Abra via the Abra River) settled there in search for place to live that would suit them. Lagangilang town flourished during the American colonial era. American era structures are still plenty in its poblacion.

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1. HOLY CROSS PARISH CHURCH: Holy Cross Parish Church is located 30-40 minutes from Bangued along the Abra-Kalinga Road. The church offers a classic ambiance. Its façade, made of red bricks, is charming up close.

2. ABRA STATE INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: This school is a historical school in Abra which started as a lowly industrial school founded by an American educator Mr Amos Allen. It became a garrison of the Japanese during World War II. It's one of the oldest educational institutions in Cordillera region.

3. QUIRSODAN RIVER PARK: Floating huts with videoke therein are present in Quirsodan riverpark in San Isidro, Lagangilang. Enjoy the setting. It could be remote but it will surely let you escape the stress of the city.

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4. AMERICAN ERA HOUSES: Lagangilang flourished during the American era so beautiful American-era structures are still present in its poblacion. If you are a fan of things from the past, you may want to check them out.

La Paz
The town of La Paz is located west of the great Abra River. It's a modern-day peace loving town. The name of the town means "peace", reminiscent of a legendary cock with shiny feathers from heaven that initiated peace between the two constantly warring tribes in the town.

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1. OUR LADY OF PEACE CHURCH: La Paz has its Our Lady of Peace Church. It's a church older than a century. Beside the church is a Catholic school managed by the clergy.

LA PAZ, ABRA CHURCH
2. ABEL WEAVING IN BULBULALA: Ilocano settlers who entered Abra via the Abra River found their home in La Paz with the tradition of loom weaving in tow. The abel-weaving industry in Bulbulala village managed to survive through the years.

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Langiden
Langiden is an isolated town. The great and mighty Abra river has separated the town from the other towns in Abra. The absence of a bridge to connect the town to a village nearest to the national highway also affected its connection to the other towns. In light of such, Langiden maintained its old, countryside charm. People here are engaged in farming and fishing. You could witness here a better example of a rural scene in the Abra Valley where typical life revolves around the farms and the blessing of the Abra River. To reach this town, drop at Pamutic junction in Pidigan then hire a tricycle from there. You will cross the Abra river using raft. Below are some of the things or places you might like to see.

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1. UNKNOWN RUINS: While exploring the town of Langiden, I noticed these ruins and I had no idea what this structure was all about. It was the only brick structure I noticed in town. You might be interested to investigate more of these ruins when you visit the town.

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2. MOUNT BULLAGAO (SLEEPING BEAUTY): This is the mountain you see from Victoria Park in Cassamata Hill, Bangued. Its shape from afar is like a sleeping woman. Its jump-off is at Barangay Malapa-ao. If you want to climb this mountain, coordinate with the office of Cong JB Bernos at DPWH compound in Zone 7, Bangued.

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3. LANGIDEN TOWN HALL: It's another town hall to visit for your collection of town and city halls in the Philippines. From the town hall, you can view the imposing beauty of Abra River.

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4. ABRA RIVER IN LANGIDEN: Langiden has its own share of the beauty and blessings of Abra River. I included this one here just in case you're interested seeing how the Abra River affect the lives of the townsmen.

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Licuan-Baay
Licuan-Baay is the first upland town I've ever visited in Abra that is located east of Bangued. Its vast landscape is breathtaking. It's rich in gold deposits and people here engage in small-scale mining. It's actually divided into two districts called Licuan and Baay. The town is inhabited by the Binongan tribe and there has been a push to declare it as an ancestral domain. There are jeeps from Bangued that could bring you to Licuan-Baay. However, the town is very wide so these jeeps service the different villages. Be mindful of the barangay you want to go before riding a jeep. The two districts of Licuan and Baay have different points of entry. Usually, there is only one jeep servicing a certain route and only travels once a day. Some travel once in every 2 days. In some cases, once to twice a week depending on weather and road conditions. If you really want to explore the town, I advise you to have your own off-road motorbike or 4X4. Proper and thorough coordination is a must which you could do with the help of the LGU, the barangay chairmen or the tourism office of Abra and/or Cong JB Bernos tourism team located at the DPWH compound in Zone 7, Bangued. In my case, me and my friend rode a motorbike and personally traveled to different destinations after asking permission and assistance from the Barangay Chairman.

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1. TUBONG FALLS: This is a waterfall that could be seen just along the Abra-Kalinga road in Sitio Tubong, Licuan-Baay, Abra. It runs dry during summer.

TUBONG FALLS, LICUAN-BAAY
2. PANACLISAN RIVER: Panaclisan River is rich in local river fish called "palileng", edible fern called "paco" or "pacpaco" and sometimes river eel locally called "igat." It's serene and beautiful.

PANACLISAN RIVER, LICUAN-BAAY
3. PANACLISAN FALLS: Panaclisan Falls is around 30-minute trek and bouldering away from the jump-off point. It has a short drop but the gigantic rocks around make the setting dramatic. It's an ideal place for bouldering. You can also dive to the deep portion of its natural catch basin (just have caution, be sure you know where is the deep portion).

PANACLISAN FALLS, LICUAN-BAAY
4. MOUNT CAPCAPO: Have you seen a mountain with holes, drills and people mining gold in action? Well, Mount Capcapo could satisfy your curiosity. Not really a mountain for hikers but it's more on offering curious travelers the knowledge on how a mountain is mined by the community through small-scale mining.

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5. CHOCOLATE MOUNTAINS: I don't know if you'd be happy seeing this summer brown mountain but still, it's an interesting landscape of rolling brown mountain ranges. I call it the Chocolate Mountains. I asked some people in Abra why it's bald. They told me the topsoil couldn't support the group of trees. Some research I made though revealed that the mountains became bald because people replaced the original trees with other trees that produce the raw materials needed by a now-defunct Abra-based factory. The original trees were not replaced after the closure of the factory. Other reasons I learned are about the grazing practices of the locals. They'd burn the old grasses to allow new grasses to grow, hence, preventing the gowth of new trees.

CHOCOLATE MOUNTAINS, LICUAN-BAAY
6. PATOC/PATOK MINING TUNNELS: If you want a destination that is unconventional, why not climb Mt Patok and see the mining tunnels made by some small-scale gold-diggers from the town. Take note that you're not going to see a grand tourist attraction here. This place is only for those who are curious in exploring. The effort you need to exert in going to this mountain requires a high level. So if you're expecting to see grand temples and towering waterfalls here, you might get disappointed. All you have to see are the 'ways' of the people, how they dig out gold and how they process them. Interested for this kind of adventure? Be ready to get interrogated, seriously. These are private gold mines owned by private individuals. These individuals don't want outsiders to intrude to their livelihood (I hope you get what I mean. Gold trade is a multi-million industry attracting multi-national investors. Just leave these mountains to them... for their living).

PATOK GOLD MINES, LICUAN-BAAY
7. UNNAMED WATERFALLS: I discovered this waterfall on my way to Barangay Nalbuan, Baay side. It was dry when I went here during summer so I was surprised to see its beauty when I revisited Nalbuan on a rainy day. Literally, it was raining when me and my friend explored this side of Abra.

NALBUAN, LICUAN-BAAY
8. WILAWIL FALLS: Located along the unpaved (as of this post) Lagangilang-Baay Road is the WILAWIL FALLS. It has a short drop but you can never be short of words to say. The setting is just secluded and lovely.

WILAWIL FALLS, BULBULALA, LICUAN-BAAY
Luba
Inhabited by the sub-tribe of Maeng under the larger tribe group of Itneg, Luba is a town of great rivers. In fact, its rivers have wide floodways—one reason why the longest footbridge (unverified claim) in the Philippines is in Luba. Tumbal and Botik river systems are essential for the people of Luba, economically and culturally. The town is 52 kilometers away from the capital town of Bangued.

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1. SABNANGAN FOOTBRIDGE: Sabnangan Footbridge in Luba town is said to be the longest footbridge in the Philippines. That river under this footbridge is the Botik River.

SABNANGAN FOOT BRIDGE, LUBA, ABRA
2. BOTIK RIVER: If you love immersing yourself with the local life of Luba, head to Botik River where you can watch people crossing it and catching fish with their local techniques. It's a river that plays an important role in the life, culture and livelihood of the people in Luba.

BOTIK RIVER, LUBA, ABRA
3. TUMBAL RIVER: Another interesting river where you could experience the local way of life in Luba is the Tumbal River. I included this river on this list because I want fellow travelers to experience the river crossing done by the locals. It's actually an experience that enriched my appreciation to simple things in my life that I don't normally value.

TUMBAL RIVER, LUBA, ABRA
Malibcong
Malibcong is an ancestral domain of three tribes living in peace and harmony (no tribal wars in their case) namely Banaw, Mabaka and Gubang. It's a town rich in indigenous culture and heritage. Early tribesmen inhabited the mountaintops of Malibcong in order for them to see the invading tribes during those time when tribal wars are still rampant. Due to tribal wars, they left their dwelling. Until now, you could see stone walls on mountaintops that used to serve as defense. The presence of gongs, ancient porcelains, necklaces and old jars signify that the people here have been trading with other countries before the Spanish came to colonize the Philippines. Below are some of the things I discovered and explored in Malibcong that I thought are interesting.

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1. ABRA-KALINGA ROAD: The Malibcong segment of the Abra-Kalinga Road is one of its most breathtaking parts with its great mountain views, chill weather and spectacular sunset. If you are a rider, you will surely love this part.

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2. BANAGAN RIVER: Banagan River is very remote to become a must-see destination. However, if you'll be given a chance to visit the remote Gacab Village, don't miss to swim in one of this river's natural pools. This river also abounds with gigantic white-washed rocks. Bouldering is also a great activity here. The rock formations are also stunning!

BANAGAN RIVER, MALIBCONG, ABRA
3. GACAB VILLAGE: Gacab Village is a cultural destination itself. I don't recommend you to visit this village though because of its remoteness. However, if you wish to immerse yourself with less known tribes in the Philippines that are still, in a way, relatively disconnected from the modern world, go! But be sure you have contacts because visitors are unusual.

GACAB, MALIBCONG, ABRA
4. POBLACION: The poblacion in Malibcong has breathtaking views that you could enjoy.

POBLACION, MALIBCONG, ABRA
5. MALANAS RIVER: Here's Malanas River, an addition to your collection of rivers in Abra.

POBLACION, MALIBCONG, ABRA
Manabo
The town of Manabo is the rice bowl of Abra. Its ample fertile fields have made rice production here more promising than its neighboring towns. It's home to the Ammutan/Muyadan sub-tribe—a lowland tribe engaged in wet rice farming. Below are some interesting places and attractions you might like to see.

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1. MANABO BRIDGE: Manabo Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in Abra that used to be called as the "bridge of stupidity" due to some political reasons. However, when it was finished, it served as a great relief for the people of Manabo and its neighboring towns.

MANABO BRIDGE
2. MANABO IRRIGATION TUNNEL PICNIC GROOVE: If you ask the people of Manabo about places they would recommend to be seen by visitors, most likely they will suggest "tunnel." The term "tunnel" is used by them to refer to the Manabo Irrigation Project with a kilometer-long irrigation tunnel that has helped the town gain its title as the rice bowl of the province of Abra. The place has a pool and a picnic groove. It requires at least 20 minutes of trekking to reach the area. The place is quiet and relaxing.

MANABO IRRIGATION TUNNEL
3. SANTO TOMAS CAVES: Santo Tomas Caves (collectively) is a group of several explored and virgin caves located in Brgy Santo Tomas. The most accessible among them is a few minutes hike away. However, due to its accessibility, anyone can just go, even the irresponsible visitors. You'll see crystalline rock formations turning black due to human-intervened combustion inside the cave. Vandalism is also plenty. If you want the less disappointing caves (those that are less explored, hope for a virgin one), it would require a 3-fold (or more) effort. Ask an expert guide about it who resides in Santo Tomas.

SANTO TOMAS CAVES, MANABO, ABRA
Peñarrubia
Peñarrubia is a lowland Itneg town inhabited by the Illaod tribe. The town also has a rich culture and heritage. It's known for its weaving traditions and they are the only tribe in the Philippines that uses natural dyes (from plants, trees) to color their threads in weaving.

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1. PINAING: In the lowland Tinguian town of Peñarrubia are stones placed under a huge tree (commonly balete tree). This concept is called Pinaing or Pinpinaing. This is a sacred ground for a Tinguian sub-tribe called Illaod. The latter sub-tribe is one of the last sub-tribes from the ~dozen Tinguian tribes to practice such concept. They believe that their gods and deities reside in their Pinaing to take control of the fate of their village and to give them bountiful harvest. Take note that not everyone is allowed to see these sacred grounds. On how I was able to enter this sacred and secluded place is a story I'm going to share in the future.

PINAING
2. PEÑARRUBIA TOWN HALL: This is the town hall of Peñarrubia.

PEÑARRUBIA, ABRA TOWN HALL
3. NAMARABAR WEAVING AND CULTURAL VILLAGE: The village of Namarabar in Peñarrubia is a place for rich culture and heritage. The Illaod tribe of the town was able to maintain its age-old tradition of weaving using natural dyes they discovered from the environment. Every design of their craft has deep meanings in their culture and tradition.

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Pidigan
The town of Pidigan claims that it's the birthplace of Gabriela Silang. It became a temporary capital of the province of Abra in 1945 during the Japanese occupation.

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1. OLD PIDIGAN CHURCH: The Old Pidigan Church has been a victim of fire and a witness of tragic incidents in the past but it was not able to survive the ageing process brought by time. Due to its oldness (original materials have become debris that may fall anytime), the church has been abandoned. The church might collapse anytime, in part, or as a whole. A new church has been built right beside it.

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2. ABRA RIVER IN NAGUIRAYAN: I don't know how they call this particular area but it is under the jurisdiction of Brgy Naguirayan in Pidigan town. I just landed here accidentally after chasing the Abra River (because I am following this river's trail hopefully up to where it originates). This place gave me WOW!-reactions after I saw a wide grazing space with livestock around and gently rolling terrain—the kind of Marlboro Country. The view was like infinite, no obstruction. So wide and clear and beautiful!

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3. PIDIGAN TOWN HALL: This is Pidigan town hall, another town hall in my collection.

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4. GABRIELA SILANG MONUMENT: Pidigan claims that the revolutionary Ilocano freedom fighter Gabriela Silang was born in Pidigan, hence this monument.

GABRIELA SILANG MONUMENT IN PIDIGAN, ABRA
Pilar
The town of Pilar has no legends to tell about the origin of the name of the town. Its name, however, was derived from its patron saint Nuestra Señora Del Pilar. On the other hand, the municipality’s Poblacion or Baliwag is named after a merchant from Baliuag, Bulacan who settled early in the place engaging in commerce. The first settlers of Pilar were Tinguians from the provinces of Kalinga and Apayao. The municipality of Pilar is situated 32.74 km south of the capital town of Bangued, bounded on the north by the municipality of San Isidro, on the east by the municipality of Villaviciosa and on the west and south by the province of Ilocos Sur.

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1. NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL PILAR CHURCH: It's a church located atop a hill and the most popular landmark in town.

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2. PILAR MUNICIPAL HALL: The town hall of Pilar was under construction when I visited it.

PILAR, ABRA TOWN/MUNICIPAL HALL
Sal-lapadan
Sal-lapadan was the first Tinguian settlement organized under the American Regime in the highlands of Abra. The municipality got its name from the barrio where the seat of government originally was. The original inhabitants named their settlement “Sahipa-chan”, the name of a wild bush which was predominant at the time in the area.

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1. SAL-LAPADAN RICE TERRACES: Sal-lapadan Rice Terraces (collectively) is the name I'll be using for the series of rice terraces you'll be seeing in town whenever you get there.

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2. TALOBOY RESORT: They call this place Taloboy Resort although there is no concrete establishment here where one can stay. This space is located near a river where one of the legendary footprints of a mythical giant Angalo is also visible during summer. One local told me this place is a favorite picnic area of the locals and visitors of the town as well as a camping site.

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3. IKMIN RIVER: The Ikmin River flowing through Sal-lapadan is more gentle that its segment in Boliney. The water turns brown during rainy season (like the one on the photo). When it is not raining, the water is clear and you could swim.

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4. SAL-LAPADAN TOWN HALL: This is the present-day municipal hall of Sal-lapadan.

SAL-LAPADAN, ABRA TOWN/MUNICIPAL HALL
5. NINI HOT SPRING: In Brgy Bazar of Sal-lapadan town is the Nini Hot Spring. The hot spring is just a little spillage of hot springs coming from the mountains going to the Ikmin River. You can take a warm bath (with caution) through a man-made water collector that spills out a continuously scorching water.

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6. CENTENNIAL TREE: Do check out this gigantic tree that's older than a century located inside the town hall compound

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San Isidro
On April 10, 1950, Cagutungan became the municipality of San Isidro. This was through a bill authored by Senator Quintin Paredes which was enacted into law. The choice of San Isidro as its name was in fond memory of Senator Quintin Paredes’ son Isidro who died a hero during World War II in Europe.

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1. OUR LADY OF PILLAR CHURCH: It's a church established by the Society of the Divine Word.

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2. SAN ISIDRO TOWN HALL: This is the town hall of San Isidro, Abra

SAN ISIDRO ABRA TOWN/MUNICIPAL HALL
San Juan
The town of San Juan was once a Tinguian place belonging to the Inlaud/Illaod Tribe. The natives were believed to have come from Indonesia. Before the coming of the Spaniards, the natives were believed to have traded with the Indo-Chinese. They were believed to have bartered with the Indo-Chinese as evidenced by the presence of antique jars, big bowls, gongs, arrows and shields, beads, jewels and gems.

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1. SIMMINUBLAN FALLS: Sparkling, crystalline and intricate rocks will welcome you on your way to the Simminublan Falls. This area is where you can literally experience a rainforest. The rocks spill out spring water to make you feel like it is really raining. Bring a waterproof camera because the trail in this part of the eco-park will shower you with spring water and excitement.

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2. SAN JUAN CHURCH: This is San Juan's colorful church.

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3. SINUBLAN FALLS: Sinublan Falls is located in the lower parts of the Lobot Eco-Park. Sinublan Falls is triplet divided into 3 separate parallel drops. Big tubes collect the water coming from the waterfalls.

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4. SAN JUAN TOWN HALL: This is the most lavish looking town hall I've seen in Abra.

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5. LOBOT ECO-PARK: Lobot Eco-Park is a watershed in San Juan town and a source of water for the townsmen. This nature park has plenty of cascading spring waters flowing through thick foliage. It has two major waterfalls called Sinublan Falls (Tab 3) and Simminublan Falls (Tab 1).

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6. BOLO RIVER: Enjoy the clear, cool and clean Bolo River in Brgy Abualan, San Juan. The photo below was taken two days after a heavy rain, yet the river is shallow. This is a 30-minute trek away from the jump off point from the village. Have picnic with friends, swim and plunge. Remember not to leave any waste. Don't leave the place without taking out your mess.

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7. TUMUNGPA RIVER: During summer, coordinate with the locals and see them catch fresh eels (that could even be longer than your body) from this river. Their catch is sold in San Juan town's poblacion. Usually, supplies run out just before they reach the market in the capital town Bangued. So buyers go directly to San Juan to purchase. Some resell them to their respective towns now with mark-up. Also during summer, huts pop-out beside this river to accommodate picnic-goers.

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8. GUANO CAVE: This cave has a narrow opening but underneath the ground are numerous large chambers and columns. It is said by the elders of the town that this cave used to be the hiding place of the residents during the World War II. This is the most beautiful and cleanest cave I've seen in Abra by far. Taking care of this natural wonder is a community effort.

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San Quintin
San Quintin is the main gateway to the province of Abra through the Abra-Ilocos Sur road. Its mountains serve as natural wall barrier of Abra from Ilocos Sur. The town is famous for its giant legendary footprint and the hometown of Teofilo Garcia, a National Living Treasure for his hat weaving skill.

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1. TUGOT NI ANGALO: The town was tagged as Abra's mystical town for having a unique geologic formation (a depression on an area of the mountain) that has a shape similar to a giant footprint. The people regard this as the footprint of the giant Angalo who used to roam the area according to the legends. There are many footprints left by that mythical giant in Northwestern Luzon area and the most popular of them is this one. To reach the footprint, cross this river with your own effects. Consider yourself lucky if you'll find a river fisherman or a river farmer who is willing to take you to the other side of the river.

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2. TEOFILO GARCIA HOUSE: Teofilo Garcia is a GAMABA (Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan) Awardee and he is a National Living Treasure for his skill in weaving and crafting "kattokong", a hat made of gourd. Do visit his house in Pantoc and see his works unveiling before your eyes!

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3. TANGADAN TUNNEL: Tangadan Tunnel is your dark entrance to Abra. But as the saying goes, "There's a light at the end of the dark tunnel." This is probably the most photographed landmark in Abra. This tunnel, after its completion couple of decades ago, has made accessing Abra easier (before this tunnel, people from the lowlands sail through the Abra River to reach this landlocked province bordered by mountains and great rivers).

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4. ABRA WELCOME PARK: Just near the Tangadan Tunnel is the Abra Welcome Park featuring a statue of Gabriela Silang, a female freedom fighter with roots from Abra.

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5. ABRA RIVER IN SAN QUINTIN: The town of San Quintin is Abra River's last trail before it empties to the West Philippine Sea via Santa town in Ilocos Sur. The Abra River in San Quintin has its distinct beauty.

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Tayum
Tayum is such an interesting and historical town in Abra. Its poblacion near the Saint Catherine de Alexandria Church is dotted with ancestral houses each with rich history.

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1. SAINT CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA CHURCH: Tayum Church is around 15 minutes away from Abra's capital town of Bangued. It is a national cultural treasure. It's yet another religious structure that survived the opposition of the tribes. The tribes of Abra already had a system of belief before the introduction of Roman Catholicism.

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2. JOSE CARIÑO, SR ANCESTRAL HOUSE

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3. FLORES ANCESTRAL HOUSE

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4. BRILLANTES ANCESTRAL HOUSE: The town of Tayum has numerous ancestral houses with historical significance. One of them is the Brillantes Ancestral House showcasing the abode of elite families during the Spanish era.

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5. GABRIELA SILANG GALLERY (CARIÑO ANCESTRAL HOUSE AND MUSEUM): Cariño Museum is a historical landmark in Abra. This house is where the revolutionary fighter Gabriela Silang sought refuge to escape the imperial forces who were trying to capture her after the execution of her husband Diego Silang. Gabriela reached this house by riding on a horse. Gabriela's descendant, who is still alive (although he is now in old age) is taking charge of this historical house. The latter is also a former ambassador of the Philippines to Sri Lanka.

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Tineg
The town of Tineg is the ancestral domain of the Adasen indigenous people. This town gave me some of the most memorable and enriching travels and experiences in my life. It's too remote though, one reason why its local landscape, culture and traditions were maintained. Below are the beautiful places and sites I've seen and explored in Tineg.

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1. KAPARKAN FALLS: Kaparkan Falls is the most popular tourist attraction in Tineg. Aside from the fact that the waterfall has an astounding beauty, the Tineg tourism office and the office of Cong JB Bernos with the aid of his appointed tourism consultants are doing some works to bring tourists to this waterfall as easy as possible.

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2. BINONGAN RIVER: Binongan River is one of the major rivers in Abra. In Abra, there's also a tribe called Binongan.

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3. MOUNT MANIGO: Mount Manigo is the tallest mountain in Tineg. I would like to mention that I've never climbed yet this mountain. I included it here just in case there are mountaineer readers here who are looking for mountains to climb in Tineg.

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4. GITUP FALLS: This is the first waterfall I've seen in Tineg. "Gitup" in the Adasen dialect means a narrow passageway, suggestive of a narrow gorge where the water empties to the natural pool below.

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5. GABUTAO BROOK: Enjoy the waters of the forests of Tineg with this brook lined with boulders and stunning rock formations. P.S. The water is crystal clear.

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6. MANAMBOR FALLS: Local legends tell that there is a kingdom under the basin where the water drops. The drum-like sound of the dropping water is believed to be from underneath the ground, a festive sound from the legendary kingdom.

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7. MOUNT LAYA: This mountain has a beautiful trail in Barangay Cogon.

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8. AGSIMAO VILLAGE: This village has a well-preserved tribal customs and traditions. Bettlenut chewing is very common here for both young and old, male or female.

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9. SALAGPAT RICE TERRACES: The Salagpat Rice Terraces is one of the most rarely photographed rice terraces in the Cordilleras for being located in a remote village not often visited by tourists, even backpackers. I would prefer to let it that way to at least keep the rice terraces the way and the purpose it was created. The essence of the existence of this set of rice terraces remains pure and authentic since they are designed to fit the people's real way of life, and not for the convenience designed for tourists.

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10. TINEG RIVER: Tineg River is a major river in Abra. Settlements near Tineg River is said to be the place where Abra's Itneg (Tinguian) tribes originated. The word i-Tineg (meaning 'from Tineg' or 'living in Tineg', taga-Tineg in Filipino) used to describe the people living there is said to be the origin of the name of their tribe 'Itneg.' So this river gave birth to the Itneg tribes now settling as far as Kalinga province and in the mountainside villages in Ilocos.

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11. RIVER OF CLOUDS: Head to Tineg before sunrise to witness this breathtaking wonder!

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12. ANITO: A certain portion of the Tineg River is a place they call as 'Anito' composed of boulders and river cascades. This is located in Brgy Agsimao in Tineg, Abra. Describe it in your own words.

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13. OLD TOWN HALL: This is the old town hall of Tineg now abandoned due to some politics and accessibility issues.

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Tubo
Tubo is Abra's southernmost town inhabited by the Maeng tribe. It has a beautiful culture, towering mountains, cold weather and lots of waterfalls, creeks and rivers. Its system of government is not like the running political system that we know. Their tribal system of governance is the system that is followed and respected here.

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1. LOWER UTIP RIVER: Lower Utip River, aside from being a rich source of a local fish called palileng and edible eel (igat), it is also a place where one can fight the summer heat away. See how the kid enjoyed the fresh and clear water of Utip. This portion of the river is located just behind the Tubo Town Hall.

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2. MOUNT BABANGAAN: Mount Babangaan has an elevation of ~1585 MASL. GPS coordinates: N 17° 10.956' E 120° 49.179.

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3. MOUNT ALIPUDOPOD: Mount Alipudopod is a pine-clad mountain with an elevation of ~1062 meters above sea level (MASL).

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4. MOUNT LAYABAN: Mount Layaban has an elevation of ~1492 MASL. GPS coordinates: N 17° 11.705' E 120° 48.660.

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5. MOUNT AMBADING: Mount Ambading has an elevation of ~1262 MASL.

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6. UPPER UTIP RIVER: Upper Utip river has a character that's different compared with its lower counterpart. Upstream Utip river is rough and wild. The water flows in between boulders with thick forests and foliage alongside.

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7. SITIO LINTANGEB: This Sitio in Tubo is packed with natural wonders and adventure destinations.

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8. TUBO BURIAL CAVES: Tubo has its traditional way of keeping their departed loved ones.

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9. TUWAD AYPEW RIDGE: Tuwad Aypew Ridge plays a role in a local folklore about a local hunter named Aypew who fell asleep in this mountain in tuwad position (bent over). It's also called Mount Nasang-at (meaning steep).

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10. TAGPEW/TAGPAO FALLS: Tagpao/Tagpew in the local tribal dialect of Tubo refers to a woman's organ of copulation. The waterfall was so-named because the locals think that the rock formation located at the base where the waterfall drops has a shape that's similar to the said woman's organ.

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11. MAENG FALLS #1: Maeng waterfalls speak of the tribe that defines the beautifully warm and hospitable people of Tubo. This waterfall plays a role in their local folklore/history. They believe that the two Maeng waterfalls in this town were the abode of Mayyang and May-eng, Maeng tribe's Adam and Eve version.

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12. MAENG FALLS #2: Aside from being an important site in tracing the origin of the Maeng tribe of Tubo (the amazing and beautiful indigenous people of this town), the hollows of the submerged rock walls of the two Maeng falls are home to edible river eel (igat) which is Abra's must-try exotic food!

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13. MOUNT SASAENG: Mount Sâsaeng (Maeng name) or Salsaleng (Ilocano name) is a pine-clad ridge. Its name came from saeng (Maeng) or saleng (Ilocano) which means pine tree. This mountain is abundant with edible mushrooms.

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14. MOUNT TUBO: Mount Tubo is said to be the location of the original center (poblacion) of the town of Tubo. Due to tribal wars, the poblacion was relocated. This mountain has an elevation of ~1020 MASL.

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15. SITIO DATALAN CREEK: I'm not sure if this creek has a name for the locals. Since I don't know its local name, I would call it Sitio Datalan creek since it's located in this sitio—another river/creek on your list of rivers. You could check out this creek on your way to Tagpew falls.

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16. LIANG (ROCK SHELTER): This rock shelter or locally called liang in sitio Lintangeb in Tubo is a weather-proof hollow gigantic rock (like a shallow cave) naturally decorated with beautiful ferns and creeping plants on its external walls.

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17. ALANGTIN RICE TERRACES: The people of Tubo carved the mountains for agriculture purposes. The Alangtin rice terraces are living evidence of their ancient engineering knowledge and ingenuity.

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18. SAYOYONG RICE TERRACES: This is the first set of rice terraces I've ever seen my whole life (those from Banaue proper, Batad, Bontoc and Sagada were seen by me later). As far as I am concerned, this is the most beautiful (subjective) of all the rice terraces I've seen in Abra. Although some people here say that Alangtin rice terraces are far more beautiful.

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19. MOUNT LITTAKAN: This mountain is near the boundary of Boliney and Tubo.

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20. MOUNT MAC-MAC/MAK-MAK: It's a bamboo-vegetated mountain near the Damanil River.

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21. DAMANIL RIVER: This is the Sitio Amkali segment of the Damanil RIver.

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22. MOUNT AGIPASPAS: This mountain has breathtaking view.

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Villaviciosa
Last but not the least is the town of Villaviciosa.

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1. KIMKIMAY LAKE: It's a serene lake surrounded by verdant forests.

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2. VILLAVICIOSA TOWN HALL: This is the municipal hall of Villaviciosa.

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3. SAINT LAWRENCE OF ROME CHURCH: This is located in Poblacion, Villaviciosa.

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4. OUR LADY OF PILLAR CHURCH: This church was founded by the SVD.

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Above are the sites, attractions, places, structures, scenes and wonders I've personally witnessed in Abra. Believe it or not, this list is still less than half of my expected grand list covering the whole of Abra.

Abra is such an amazing province with great wonders and culture. Take note that the above list only covered the tangible and physical tourist attractions. I will create a separate list for the intangible wealth of the province. | end |

Map Showing the Location of Abra Province

MAP OF ABRA
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[1] This post was filed under the category "#TownExplorer Collections." There is a section below where you can see other related posts from this category.

[2] The maps I used on this post are from maps.google.com.ph.

[3] All photos are mine.

[4] The insights, condition and name of places or properties I mentioned here are based on the facts and situation on the day of my visit. Take note that you may have a different experience when you try or see the properties or places mentioned here. Names of places and properties may also change by time so it's not my responsibility to update all the information on this blog because once published, I already consider it an archive and I won't update my narratives because I want them to become my references of what have happened in the past. I'm very particular of the dates because I want my amazing readers to understand that I am writing stories based on my perspective and insights on the day of my visit. You can see dates almost everywhere on this blog. Exempted from this rule are my travel guide posts that need to be updated.

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EDMAR GUQUIB

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  1. I don't know, but I somehow feel proud I have set foot and been to some of the places on this list. Can we like, spend a week just motor-biking in ALL the sights here? Hahaha! Crazy Ideaaaaaaaaa! It is a beautiful place! :-D

    I love to visit those old homes and the old capitol. Nostalgic. Blessed ang Abra sa mga natural wonders. Keep it up Edmar, I'm backing you 100%!

    Heck, I think I could write lots of poems just sitting beside every river on this list!

    --Pondering

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  2. Paula O | Actually, I haven't seen much of Abra (Yes, there are mooooooore hidden destinations I've yet to see). But I think this list is already enough to start promoting the province :)

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  4. Hey Mr Guquib, how long by motorbike vigan to laoag?

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  5. Pondering Paodaolei | Around 1 to 1.5 hour at a speed of 60-80 kph

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  6. Abra is one of the underrated province of the country in tourism. This is a good eye-opener for the province.

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  7. Ian | Going Places | ...couldn't agree more bro, some people should move on from the wrong notion :)

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  8. This excites me to visit Abra soon since it's just in mainland Luzon.

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  9. Turista Trails | Please do visit Karl, this province deserves a hype :)

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  10. Thank you Sir for promoting the province of Abra. I am glad that you have experience the beauty of our province. Once again Thank you for that.

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  11. Ma. Avena Astudillo | Sorry it took me a while to reply. You're welcome! Thanks for the appreciation.

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  12. You inspire me to travel more too without spending much, Edmar. More so, You don't only help travelers to be informed about these places you've been to, but you also basically project the goodness of each place. God bless all your future travels and adventure. I pray, I could join you soon.

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  13. Unknown | Cheers! Happy travels mate! Hope to meet you on the road someday. :)

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  14. Hi Edmar, this is very informative. Thank you. Question please, how many days will it take me to reach at least 20 destinations you've presented here?

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  15. | Adam Christopher Maraya | ► Hi there Adam! I'm finding it hard to answer your question really. That would depend on the destination you want to visit. If you'll go far in the mountains of Abra like for example Kaparkan Falls in Tineg or the Kili Falls in Tubo, you need one day for each destination. In my case, I've climbed 7 mountains + 3 waterfalls in Abra for 5 days (including travel time to and from Bangued). I've also done 9 mountains in 3 days. It also depends on your destination of choice.

    But if you want to visit all the destinations I posted here, maybe you could do it in AT LEAST 20 days without rest days. Take note that some of the places require non-stop hikes/treks.

    I hope this reply helped you. Cheers and happy travel!

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  16. Nah hire ka po ba guide? Id yrs,how much po ang cost? At ang po ang best hostel s abra? Thanks in advance s reply :-)

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  17. | Maricel Barrios | ► Hi there Maricel! I cannot quote an amount here because it's a case to case basis. Abra is very wide and it has various destinations to choose from. About sa hostel, I couldn't recommend for now 'cause I forgot the name of that hostel where I stayed. Haha! But you can inquire for hotels and other tourism-related stuff about Abra at the office of Congressman JB Bernos located at DPWH COMPOUND in Bangued (whenever you're in Abra). There is a tourist assistance desk there.

    I hope this helps. Happy town exploring!

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