Saturday, May 25, 2013

Tabuk City 1/5 : A River Runs Thru It


To the uninitiated like me, whenever I hear Tabuk in particular and the Kalinga Province in general, what comes to mind are mountains and tribal people. These were probably brought up by the fact that when I was much younger, my grandfather used to bring me to Isabela and Benguet where terrains dramatically shift from lowlands to highlands and the farthest we usually end are city centers. And what’s beyond there is left only to my young imagination fuelled by stories as well as the ethnic-sounding nomenclature of the place.



This five-post series about Tabuk City will recount my experience about the place as well as provide trivial things which I have gathered from the net and let me start with the emerging tourism potential of the place.

Tabuk City prides itself with two titles. The self-proclaimed Rice Granary of the Cordillera and the White-water Rafting Capital of the Northern Philippines. Tourism plays a vital role in the City’s economic growth and it is considered as one of the major forces driving the City’s progress.


At the center of its tourism banner is the Chico River which is aggressively promoted for its natural beauty as well as its potential charisma for eco-adventure seekers. I have tried white-water rafting in Davao and Cagayan De Oro before and would love to try it also here in Tabuk but I was on a solo backpacking trip this time and I have no company to do that. Next time, definitely!


One of the best place to check around the area is the city’s dam reservoir where you can have an up-close glimpse of the flowing river with an amazing mountain backdrop. It is just fifteen minutes from the City Proper thru a tricycle with amazing landscape views once you crossed the bridge.

Other places of interests in Tabuk City includes Talama Park, St. William’s Cathedral, Cultural Heritage Research Center, Peace Shrine, Guilom Spring, Tabuk City Hall and Naneng Village some of which I will feature on my up-coming posts.

41 comments:

  1. If I am not mistaken, this is where the famous Tattoed woman can be located right? Love the first pic.

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    1. You are right. My friend Lantaw recently went there. You can check his blog www.lantaw.com for amazing shots of these tattoed women.

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  2. It's so beautiful there! Lovely photos.

    Happy weekend, friend.

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  3. Ang ganda ng mga damo, parang ulap.

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    1. Yup, parang di sa Pilipinas :)

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  4. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and you did a fantastic job of capturing it and making it very alluring. :-) Thank you for your visit and the compliment on my granddaughter.

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  5. Such beautiful place! Great photos!
    Have a great weekend!

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  6. Väldigt vackra naturbilder från en fin plats.
    Ha en fin lördagskväll.
    Önskar Meta

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    1. Sana naman naintindihan ko. Bawi na lang sa komento kasi di mo rin naman maiintindihan hehe. Maraming Salamat :)

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  7. I'm always interested to read about backpacking experiences. You've chosen a beautiful natural place to hike.

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    1. Thank You. I long for an ultimate bakpacking trip but sadly, no time at the moment. :(

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  8. Such a beautiful place. I haven't even heard about it! Your pictures are beautiful -I love especially the grass with the mountains behind.

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    1. Thank you, I guess even some pinoys are not aware of this place. Thanks for the visit :)

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  9. i've always wanted to go to Kalinga...a good friend, who was in the army told me how beautiful and pristine the province is. i almost had the chance when i was in Tuguegarao a few years ago but we were advised not to go at that time...magulo daw, may tribal war daw. i hope i'd have an opportunity to travel to Kalinga and Apayao someday.

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    1. Apayao and Abra are on my bucket list. Hope to go there this year :)

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  10. What fabulous photos! I love how the landscape changes all around. Great post.

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  11. Hi! Wonderful shots. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Glad to share. Thanks for the visit.

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  12. Ang ganda talaga ng landscapes sa Pilipinas. I hope I'll get to visit that City too. I really like the last photo.

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    1. Thanks.I bet mag-eenjoy ka mag-paint doon 'coz maganda talaga yung lugar :)

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  13. ang simple pero ang ganda talaga :)

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  14. Parang ang lamig ng panahon dyan, sarap puntahan.

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    1. ironically, the place is a bit humid. maybe because it is bear tuguegarao which is one of he hottest place in the philippines.

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  15. I'll hopefully be able to go here end of June.

    Lovely and captivating photos!

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    1. nice. i bet you will have a great time there.

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  16. Wonderful photos of your world. Thank you for visiting me in Coventry, England. Appreciated.

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  17. My good friend and kumareng Rhea is from this place. Now, after seeing and reading our post on this heightens my interest to visit the place.

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