As the second largest province in the Philippines, Isabela seems less explored. Maybe the places are far between that it takes considerable time to explore them. Or municipalities are cut-off by the Sierra Madre mountains like coastal villages Maconacon, Divilacan or Palanan that it takes a plane ride to get there. When an invitation to explore Echague, one of the municipalities of Isabela, came in, I immediately took the offer. Exploring new places is always exciting whatever I may find there. In this case, Echague is getting ready to showcase their eco-tourism attraction, the Madadamian Fall ...
The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) here, in partnership with the Isabela State University (ISU) ??" Cabagan campus, Mabuwaya Foundation, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), led yesterday the celebration of this year's World Environment Day.
Federico Cauilan Jr, PENR Officer here, said this year's theme, 'Connecting People to Nature', urges us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it.
"It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to exper ...
In the island of Luzon, a province was named after a Spanish royalty, Isabella II. This province is part of the Cagayan Valley Region (Region II) and is the biggest province in the island, 2nd biggest province after Palawan. As to why they chose the queen's name as the name of their province, it may not be too clear. Isabela was formed in 1856 when the queen was only 25 years old.
A watershed in the forest-rich province of Isabela is one of the 29 priority sites in the implementation of the Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) in the country.
Located within the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, the watershed where the "Divilacan Agroforestry and Bamboo Plantation Project" will be implemented consists of several sub-watersheds located at the mid section and upper portion of Divilacan,Isabela, said Atty. Gil A. Aromin regional director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2.
The site has an aggregate area of 12,045 hectare ...
The third leg of my trip to the coastal towns of Isabela brought me to the historic, but once controversial town of Palanan. A granddaughter of former Mayor Angel Bernado met me at the town's airstrip.
"Welcome to Palanan!" Nice Bernardo cheered as she led me to a brief tour around the town, including the spot said to be where the fleeing Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo was cornered by the American forces on March 23, 1901.
Surprisingly, this coastal town has narrow, but well-paved streets. Every front yard is planted with vegetables, rather than ornamental plants. I was given a list of potential ...
Bambanti Festival is the official festival of the Province of Isabela. Held annually in the month of January, the award-winning festival has become a key factor in helping to build a cultural identity for the residences of Isabela.
People flock from all corners of Isabela to celebrate their rich agricultural heritage in song-and-dance, and a little friendly competition.
The festival derives its name from the Ilocano word for "scarecrow", and the Bambanti have become the iconic symbol for the farming communities of Isabela. Its meaning is emblematic of the historic ties farmers have wit ...