“Corn and Rice Granary of the North”

  
 Isabela is an agricultural haven, a picturesque rural landscape full of rolling hills, sprawling fertile valleys, uncharted mountain ranges, mysterious hinterlands, and fields and fields of corn and rice. The growing cities of the province are a pleasant contrast to its seemingly never-ending countryside, a perfect combination of natural wonders and modern conveniences for the leisure traveler.

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GETTING THERE
By Air: Cebu Pacific Air flies three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday) to Cauayan,Isabela.

By Land: Take a bus bound for Cauayan, Isabela from Manila, or a bus bound for Tuguegarao, Cagayan (you can stop in Isabela along the way).


GETTING AROUND
The most common mode of transportation in Isabela would be tricycles. Then going from one town to another would require taking jeepneys, mini-buses and buses that are operating daily.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN
  • Ibanag
  • Tagalog
  • English

 

MUST SEES!

  • Northern Sierra Madre National Park
  • Bonsai Forest
  • Crocodile Sanctuary of San Mariano
  • Dibulo Falls
  • Dicotcotan Beach
  • Fuyot Springs National Park
  • Giant Butaka
  • Maconacon Falls
  • Magat Dam
  • Honeymoon Island
  • Mororan River
  • Palanan Rainforest
  • Our Lady of Atocha Church
  • Saint Matias Church
  • Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette
  • San Pablo Church

LET’S GO TRY

  • Pansit Cabagan
  • Cara-Beef Tapa
  • Milk Candy
  • Binallay (banana wrapped sticky rice flour cake very similar to suman.)

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • See the world's biggest butaka (a chair with long arm rest).
  • Visit Tumauini's pride-Baroque church of San Matias.
  • Try Isabela's Pansit Cabagan.
    Go around Sierra Madre.

 LET'S GO TO FESTIVALS & EVENTS

  • Bacao Festival (held every March 16 to 20 - a thanksgiving celebration in honor of St. Joseph, the patron saint of workers.)
  • Cocowayan Festival (held every April 20 to 25 – it pays tribute to the coconut and the central role it plays in Isabela City’s economy.)
  • Isabela Day: Bambanti Festival (held every May 1 to 11 – it is the anniversary of the establishment of the civil government of Isabela in honor of Queen Isabela II.)
  • Alegria de Isabela (held every July 8 - a festival based on a legend that tells how the early townsfolk survived a raging storm, where St. Isabela was seen blocking a giant wave.)

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • Isabela is the second largest Province in the Philippines
  • It is the home of Magat Dam, a major source of power and water supply of the Northern Luzon.
  • It also have the biggest corn processing facility in South East Asia.


BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Season is from March to September with July and August as the best month in the time when no typhoons are striking. The climate is officially not pronounced but the water level of the rivers is clearly lower in these month and the locals consider these month also as dry season.


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