Nueva Vizcaya

The main image for this blog is a perspective model of what the new Capitol Building of Nueva Vizcaya would look like. I’m sure it’s nearly finished but when my friends and I visited this province in July 2017, this is what it looked like at that stage.

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Four pillars evident at the front along with the circular spot for the provincial seal

The province of Nueva Vizcaya is the gateway to the Cagayan Valley region. The difficult trek up the infamous Dalton Pass took us to the border town of Santa Fe at the Caraballo Mountains which connect the Sierra Madre and Cordillera mountain ranges.

 

We actually traveled from Manila at night time and crossed Dalton Pass from Central Luzon in the middle of the night. These daytime photos are from our trip back in this five-day Northeastern Luzon Road Trip. The scenic reputation of Dalton Pass and Sante Fe well and truly delivered.

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My friends Lloyds, Rom and Martin with the scenic mountains around Santa Fe

 

Dalton Pass took a hell of a long time to pass (pardon the pun). It took us the whole night to cross it. We ended up reaching the southern Nueva Vizcayan tip of the actual Cagayan valley at daybreak.

 

We headed straight to the small town of Dupax del Sur and visited the centuries-old church of St Vincent Ferrer to say our morning prayers.

 

We then went straight to Bayombong, the bustling capital of Nueva Vizcaya and did my mandatory visit to the provincial Capitol complex. The complex was quite elaborate although as I showed earlier in this blog, the main Capitol building was under renovation.

 

We were then off to IsabelaProvince to continue our Northeastern Luzon Road Trip. Here are all the municipalities of Nueva Vizcaya province. We were able to visit or pass through at least 6 of them.

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I will visit Nueva Vizcaya once again more thoroughly along with the coastal provinces of Aurora and Quirino in the near future. There are many other attractions such as Mt Pulag and Lower Magat Eco-Tourism Park that I’d love to see.

 

CoachConto – Athlete, Warrior, Statesman, Spirit

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