Cagayan News

  • The Palaui And Tuguegarao Adventure

    Palaui Island is in Cagayan Valley Region, northeastern part of the Philippines. So, how did I learn about Palaui? Thanks to the 'Survivor' US TV Show!

    A Reminder: Do not forget to bring your sunblock, hat or a cap, and mini fans! It gets really HOT at this part of the country! :)

    How did we get there?
    Manila – Tuguegarao – Sta. Ana Cagayan – Palaui Island

    – Manila to Tuguegarao via Cebu Pacific (for a low cost due to seatsales of course and my GetGo points!)
    – Tuguegarao Airport to Van Terminal: there are tricycles waiting outside the airport. Cost is Php100 per tricycle ...

  • Tourists Bring P2B To Cagayan Valley

    The Department of Tourism said more than P2 billion was earned by the Cagayan Valley from the growing foreign and domestic tourist arrivals in the region in the last five years.

    DOT Region 2 Director Virgilio Maguigad said that from 2010 to 2015, the number of foreign and domestic tourists grew from 358,000 to 795,000.

    Maguigad said 748,861 tourists spent P1.7 billion in 2014 and 795,502 spent P1.8 billion in 2015.

    He said 195,995 Chinese, 2,809 Taiwanese and 1,985 Americans visited the Philippines in 2015.

    Also on the top 10 list were tourists from Canada, Japan, Indonesia, Korea, ...

  • Saving Endangered Philippines Oriole Other Wildlife

    With its yellow and olive-green plumage perfectly camouflaging it against the tree canopies, the Isabela Oriole Oriolus isabellae, a lowland forest specialist endemic to the island of Luzon in the Philippines, doesn't intend for itself to be seen by humans. And unfortunately, for many decades it wasn't.

    Due to the rapid and widespread deforestation which has plucked Luzon of much of its forest cover (down as much as 83% since the 1930s in some areas), numbers of this little-known species plummeted such that for a time until its rediscovery in December 1993, it was widely believed to have go ...

  • More Investors Needed To Boost Region 2 Tourism-DOT

    Foreign and local investors' intervention is needed in order to further improve the tourism potentials of Cagayan Valley region, Department of Tourism (DOT regional director Virgilio Maguigad here said.

    "We are still lagging behind compared in other regions in terms of tourism arrivals and its impact to the economy because we are not yet included as one of the primary tourist destinations in the country," he said in a press conference.

    Maguigad said there are many tourism potentials in Cagayan Valley that need the help of private investors in order to develop them fully.

    He s ...

  • Whalesong Interrupted

    Crossbow in hand, Jo Marie Acebes strides the deck of the outrigger fishing boat she has refitted for tracking whales off the Philippines' Babuyan Islands. She's scanning for a target in the very same waters that Herman Melville extolled as the gateway to the Yankee whalers' Pacific hunting grounds in Moby Dick.

    On the deck, the sounds are as placid as the vista of flat, steely ocean stretching to the horizon. Nothing to be heard but the whistling wind and the slap of gentle waves against the hull.

    But 20 meters down, where Acebes has suspended an underwater microphone, there's an entire ...

  • BFAR Releases 100 000 Elvers In Cagayan River

    The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) recently seeded the Cagayan River and its tributaries with at least 100,000 elvers to increase the dwindling population of eels in the region.

    Aaron Mayor, BFAR Focal Person for Stock Enhancement of Elvers program, said they continuously seeded the Cagayan River and communal water bodies with stocks like elvers and tilapia fingerlings to save their depleted population due to overfishing.

    This year, he said the bureau identified the towns of Gattaran and Baggao in Cagayan; San Mariano, Angadanan, San Guillermo, and San Pablo i ...