Category: Isabela

Cabagan, Isabela: Pancit Cabagan at Josie Panciteria

Posted on February 7, 2014

Pancit Cabagan of Josie Panciteria in Cabagan, Isabela  On a northbound trip to Tuguegarao City, the unassuming town of Cabagan in Isabela is worth a stop for one reason: the scrumptious namesake noodle dish at Josie Panciteria. Conveniently located along the highway, Josie Panciteria arguably makes the best in town. Traveling from Ilagan City, I just had to drop to enjoy their famous bowl of pancit cabagan for dinner, before hailing a passing bus bound for Tuguegarao City.Introduced by ChineseRead More

Ilagan Sanctuary: An Easy Nature Escape in Ilagan City, Isabela

Posted on February 6, 2014

Part of the 819-hectare Fuyot Springs National Park, bordering the town of Tumauini, Ilagan Sanctuary is a nature park located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range in Barangay Santa Victoria, Ilagan City in the province of Isabela. This accessible reserve makes for a quick nature escape, if you happen to pass by Ilagan City on a roadtrip to or from Tuguegarao, for example. Among the natural attractions are limestone caves, waterfall hikes, and viewing endemic and exotic animalsRead More

San Mariano, Isabela: Philippine Crocodile Municipal Rearing Station

Posted on February 5, 2014

Philippine crocodile hatchlings at the municipal rearing station in San Mariano, Isabela Amidst the foothills of Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, one can cozy up with the world’s rarest crocodile – the Philippine freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) or burakot in the Ilocano tongue. This is a relatively small crocodilian species, with most adults measuring five feet in length. However, they are known to reach maximum lengths of 10 feet. Close to extinction, less than 100 adults remain in the wild,Read More

Time and Tide: Surigao del Norte

Posted on January 5, 2010

The following article is a commissioned feature I wrote for this month’s issue of SMILE, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air. You may browse the magazine online at http://www.cebusmile.com HISTORY, FOLKLORE AND COMMERCE EBB AND FLOW IN THE RICH WATERS OF SURIGAO DEL NORTE. TEXT AND PHOTOS BY EDGAR ALAN ZETA-YAP The water was alive. As the labyrinthine mangroves of Dayasan gave way to the Hinatuan Passage, the currents shift in from all directions, wrestling and wringing out wavesRead More

Farm and Away: Cauayan, Isabela

Posted on September 18, 2009

The following article is a commissioned feature I wrote for this month’s issue of SMILE, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air. You may browse the magazine online at http://www.cebusmile.com LEAVE THE CITY BEHIND AND DISCOVER THE RUSTIC PLEASURES OF CAUAYAN IN ISABELA. TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY EDGAR ALAN ZETA-YAP Even termites can’t tear this house down — they’d go running to the dentist!” Jose Juan Plaza cracks a joke, poking fun at the hardwood posts of his century-old property.Read More