Cagua Volcano is a stratovolcano located in the Philippine province of Cagayan. It is one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines and has erupted twice in recorded history. Its last eruption was in 1907.
Cagayan is well-known for its abundance of cave systems and one of the spectacular caves in the province is Callao Cave, which has seven chambers. This cave is famous for the natural cathedral formed inside the cave. This cathedral-like chamber is now transformed to a chapel by the local people.
The northern part of the Philippines is the perfect escapade if you have a week-long break from work. For five whole days, we took our car to visit the provinces of Cagayan, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. Curious how we did it? Let me share with you the highlights of our grand road trip up north.
One of the smallest minority groups in the region, the Yogad once occupied Diffun, Quirino in Cagayan Valley. Today, they are concentrated in Echague, Camarag, Angadanan, Santiago, and Jones, Isabela. Yogads speak one of the five recognized dialects of the Ga’dang and are part of the Christianized Kalingas in western Isabela.
The coastal portions of Palanan, Isabela (Cagayan Valley) are the habitations of the Paranan. The Palanan or Palanenyo, as they are also called, are lowland Negritos whose language is mutually intelligible with some Agta dialects.
The Kagayanen or Kagay-anen inhabit Palawan Province, particularly in Cagayan Island between Negros and Palawan, and Busuanga and Coron in the northern part of the province. Pockets of Kagayanen also live in Iloilo Province, Silay in Negros Occidental, Danao in Antique and Barangay Dagat-dagatan of Caloocan City in Metro Manila.
Cagayan Valley bore witness to the beginning of a long struggle for survival for the indigenous people in the region at the northern area of the Philippines. As the Spanish conquistadores came to secure their foothold on their local lands in the 16th century, the Isinai communities became one of the first witnesses and victims of the fight.
One of the oldest inhabitants of Cagayan Valley in northern Luzon, the Ibanag can be found in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, and Nueva Vizcaya. The term Ibanag originated from i (“people of”) and bannag (river), which pretty much describes where they chose to settle.
The Ga’dang are found in the central part of Cagayan Valley and the province of Isabela. The highest concentration is in Cauayan, Isabela; there are scattered populations in the highlands of southeastern Kalinga and Apayao, and eastern Bontoc, and northwestern Nueva Vizcaya, where they blend with the Ibanags and Christian Ilocanos. The Ga’dang are divided into five subgroups: Gaddang proper, Yogad, Maddukayang, Katalangan, and Iraya.
Ilagan River is a river in the province of Isabela, Cagayan Valley, Philippines. It is one of the major tributaries of the Cagayan River, the largest river in the Philippines. The Ilagan River originates from the western slopes of the Sierra Madre and drains the eastern central portion of the Cagayan River basin. It has an estimated catchment basin size of 3,132 square kilometers and an estimated annual discharge of 9,455 million cubic meters/s. It flows westward and joins the Cagayan River ...
The Cagayan Valley is said to be one of the most fertile lands in the Philippines, owing this distinction to its many rich and beautiful rivers like the serene and crystal clear Pinacanauan River, which is truly a sight to behold.
Things often do not turn out the way you might expect them to. Such was the case during my recent trip back to the Sierra Madres. I returned to a part of Isabela and Cagayan provinces to visit some old Agta friends from last year. Upon returning this time I had a plan to go on a hunt with some of the men, a hunt for wild pig, deer or monkey.