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Charmed by natural wonders of Pamplona Cagayan

Pamplona Cagayan on a weekend

Pamplona” to me, used to be just a city in Spain or a town in Rizal. Which also happens to be a town in the beautiful province of Cagayan. The northern most provinces were highly Hispanized. Isabela, the nearby province was named after a Spanish queen. In Cagayan, Lal-lo town used to be the seat of the Nueva Segovia before it was transferred to Vigan.

Where there is a river system, there is a town heavy of Spanish influence, Catholicism. The rivers, being the main thoroughfare during old days, conquistadores used them to reach Filipino natives.

The treehouse in Pamplona is strategically situated at the century-old Acacia tree

Fast forward to the 21st century, Pamplona in Cagayan is a charming destination. A weekend with the very young lady Mayor Arnie Angelica Sampaga revealed that indeed this town has a lot of potential and is a sleeping giant ready to be awakened.

Bio-ethanol is produced in this 4th class town. It produces approximately 850 liters of bio-ethanol daily and supplies a hospital in Ilocos Norte. Bio-ethanol, similar to ethyl alcohol – is a bi-product of the nipa palm tree abundant in the rivers of Pamplona. Other products were Binarayang or nipa wine that has a high alcohol content.

We initially had the river cruise, traversed the vast river in a floating hut with karaoke or videoke while sharing stories and eating fresh grilled clams or ‘caggu‘ as they call it here. It was a refreshing cruise. We can do so much in this activity. And Masi river is apparently where Miguel De Salcedo landed in Cagayan.

Pamplona River Cruise
with the Arapang Media team and Team Pamplona
Emoting at the river

Up next, tired bodies rested at Nena’s Beach Resort in Nagattatan owned by Dr. Nena Ifurung, a staunch supporter of Pamplona’s development. It was a restful sleep, it was like sleeping in my house in Lingayen in front of the beach. The food they served was sumptuous, too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo due to excitement 🙁

In the morning, we were fetched to attend the flag ceremony and witness the awarding of the winners of the official tourism t-shirt design and to rejoin the lady mayor and other municipal officials of the bustling town.

Arapang Media & Consultancy with Mayor Arnie Angelica Sampaga

Right after the brief meeting, we were toured around again, by the Tourism Officer designate- Jernelli Ruiz, along with team Arapang Media & Consultancy other guests and locals. We went to the Malagabavi River where small basins of water from the Malagabavi falls flow freely to the Masi River.

The river bank in itself is a postcard photo in itself

The river cruise in itself is a visual feast, along the way we saw carabaos happily wading in the crystal clear waters. Some fisherfolks cast their nets and eagerly wait for their catch.

The Skyline is a postcard photo in itself
vanj padilla postcard photo
some more postcard photos

We were surprised to learn that some villagers were waiting for us at the dock. Lunch is being prepared there for us. It was wonderful. We experienced local hospitality, a signature trait of Filipinos. We were served a fish specie from the river, I forgot its name.

This tasty fish came from this river

After lunch and before sleep will engulf our full tummies, we went on to continue with the river cruise towards our destination- the PIKKAN FALLS. A thirty-minute or so boat ride ensued and we dropped off to a riverbank where a tiny farm house can be seen.

It was not an easy trek, the path is very tricky and some stones are quite slippery

 

There is a time to rest and pose for a photo

After about twenty minutes of trekking, at last we arrived at the enchanting Pikkan Falls. The boat ride, the trek, the stories and the muscle cramps were all worth it. Adults survived. Kids survived. All were very happy.

The enchanting Pikkan Falls of Pamplona, Cagayan
Look at how clear the water is, you can actually see the multi-colored pebbles underneath
Achievement Unlocked! The blogger reached the falls in one piece

NOTE TO READERS: The Pikkan Falls is not yet ready for tourists. The LGU is currently doing a tourism mapping to check on the assets of the town to be readied for mass tourism. There is no readily available boat going to Pikkan Falls. If you want to visit and go there, kindly coordinate with the Mayor’s Office or thru LGU Pamplona for assistance. The trip was LGU-sponsored and ushered us to all the sites.

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