PH & Beyond: Tuguegarao City, Cagayan  Friday, July 24, 2015

Tuguegarao was the stop-off point of our whirlwind Palaui trip. On our short stay in the city, we did our best to maximize our time to visit some of the nicest places in town.

Being reputed as the hottest city in the Philippines for being generally warm, humid and sunny, Tuguegarao has still a variety of places with outstanding scenic beauty, ranging from picturesque mountains and valleys, museums, centuries-old churches, and historical landmarks. Here are some of them that we had the chance to see.

Sts. Peter and Paul Metropolitan Cathedral
Gomez Street, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan

This 18th-century old Cathedral is also known as Tuguegarao Cathedral is the biggest Spanish built church in the province of Cagayan. Its baroque architecture makes this church playfully quaint and fanciful.

 Cagayan Museum and Historical Research Center
Expo Building, National Highway, Provincial Capitol Compound, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan

Located at the provincial capitol complex we also visited the provincial museum. Photography isn't allowed inside, so in respect to that, we just explored the place with the assistance of a friendly personnel. They housed an expansive collection of artifacts, antiques, artworks, fossils and liturgical works of the province. They also keep the earliest human fossil ever found in Asia-Pacific that have been dated as CA. 67,000 years old. According to them it was found in Callao Cave in PeƱablanca, Cagayan year of 2010.

Tuguegarao as Self-Proclaimed Pancit Capital of the Philippines

I might sound exaggerated but pancit is literally everywhere in Tuguegarao. I was personally overwhelmed that in every corner there is a local panciteria. We had Pancit Batil Patung the day we arrived the city. It's a noodle dish with soy sauce and other spices topped with minced carabao meat, bean sprouts poached egg and crushed chicharon. My friends liked it more than I did though. The other pancit that we tried was the Pancit Cabagan, which I honestly liked the most. It was served with hard-boiled quail eggs, chunks of pork and liver, lechon and other stuff. It is a way saucer than Pancit Batil Patung and better with a bit of vinegar.

We also got the chance to visit Callao Cave however, we arrived almost sunset and wasn't able to snap decent photos inside the limestone cave. Another thing that I noticed, people are very prideful with their natural resources and tourist destinations. They seem so delighted whenever we tell them that we went to Palaui and it was a beautiful experience. They would smile pleasantly and claim some semblance of pride.


  1. Lovely photos, as always. :) Looking forward for your Palaui post!

  2. Oops! Back read and saw your sta. ana posts! Ang ganda!

  3. nakakamiss! gusto ko uli ng batil patong! <3


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