TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: “If it is not online, it does not exist.”
Thus stated the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) to promote tourism destinations in the Cagayan Valley regions via online FlipTrip.ph.
CEZA said this is the very reason why CEZA, a government owned and controlled corporation, partnered with FlipTrip, an online travel portal that enables itinerary customization and booking for off-the-beaten-path destinations in the Philippines.
Joey Franco, FlipTrip Project Manager, said more and more travelers are looking to the internet for their travel needs.
“And if we ignore this growing phenomenon, we could be left behind and lose out on all the potential tourists that could be coming to Cagayan instead of the more popular destinations,” Franco said.
CEZA public relations chief Marie Joyce Calimag said they have partnered up with FlipTrip to explore and show to the world what Cagayan has to offer.
Calimag said it takes only a 10-hour drive up north, and upon getting to Tuguegarao City, tourists could chose from premier hotels as jump off point when visiting historically rich destinations in Cagayan province.
Issa Aguas of Team FlipTrip said that in Iguig town, located north of Tuguegarao City, tourists could see the 18th century rustic brick walls that surrounds the San Antonio de Galicia Church as well as the stunning Calvary Hills.
“Calvary Hills is a definite sight to see where life-size statues depicting the life of Jesus atop a number of hills with the most scenic view of Cagayan River,” Aguas said, adding this is not the usual Stations of the Cross experience.
He said another place to see is the Callao Cave in Peñablanca town distinct forma-tions such as the Column, Chapel, Skeleton, Elephant’s Head, Praying Angel, Rocket, Lion’s Head and Dog’s Head can be seen.
Callao Cave, a seven-chamber limestone cave has an actual church inside. This cave is only one of the 300 others that the Cagayan boasts of with a brief 183 steps up and houses the Callao Man, fossilized human remains known to be older than the historical Tabon Man.
Also in Peñablanca, the Pinacanauan River provide activities like kayaking and rafting in the upstream.
Aguas said probably the best part of any and every visit to Peñablanca which is the Pinacanauan River boat ride.
“This is the longest, widest and most powerful river in the Philippines had views so breathtaking, water so clear and a vibe so serene,” he said.
Giving the best view overlooking the Cagayan River is the Buntun Bridge known as the second-longest bridge in the Philippines.
Aguas said there are a vast number of first-class hotels and resorts the northern part of Cagayan.
“The towns of Santa Ana and San Vicente has a great mix of luxury and backpacker-apt accommodations, tours and transportation. You can immediately see how much potential Cagayan has and sadly how little attention travelers give to this majestic place,” he said.
Some of the delicacies in Cagayan one must not miss is the famous Pancit Batil-Patung and the delectable Buchi.
CEZA was created by virtue of Republic Act 7922, otherwise known as the “Cagayan Special Economic Zone Act of 1995.”