The Philippines is one of the famous holiday destinations among the tourist. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines is Tuguegarao. Tuguegarao is a major urban center in the Northeastern Luzon area and also one of the fastest growing cities in the Philippines. It is the capital of the province of Cagayan and the regional and institutional center of Cagayan Valley (Region II). With a population of 153,502, according to the 2015 census, it is a major urban center in the Northeastern Luzon, a primary growth center and one of the fastest growing cities in the Philippines. Known as the “Gateway to the Ilocandia and the Cordilleras,” the city, on the southern border of the province, is located where the Pinacanauan River empties into the Cagayan River and is surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains to the east, Cordillera Mountains to the west and the Caraballo Mountains to the south.
The climate in Tuguegarao is tropical year-round with an average temperature of 29-35 degrees Celsius. Tuguegarao or Philippines has only two seasons which is wet and dry seasons where rainfall can be heavy during the wet or monsoon season and humidity during the hotter months can be high. The best time to visit Tuguegarao would be between December to February when the weather is warmer with occasional showers. During this season, the sun shines bright resulting clear skies with the winds blow gently suitable for outdoor activities. The off-peak season is between July to September where the climate during that season is unpredictable and typhoons can sometimes occur anytime. It is advisable for visitors to check the weather reports before going to this town. During this season you will find better flight tickets and hotel deals.
1. Bacolod – Silay Airport
It is the main airport that serves the general area of the Bacolod Metropolitan Area. It is just 15 kilometres northeast of Bacolod city. Since it is an international airport, Bacolod – Silay Airport is the busiest airport serving the Negros Island area. The airlines that operate in this airport is Cebu Pacific and Philippines Airlines, with the later provide an international route to Seoul, South Korea as its seasonal flights. Bacolod – Silay Airport has many interesting shops and eateries within the airport so you can shop or dine in while waiting for the plane to arrive or depart. To go in and out of the airport is easy because there are many types of transportation available in Bacolod – Silay Airport for the visitors.
2. Tuguegarao Airport
Tuguegarao Airport is a major domestic airport serving the general area of Tuguegarao, the capital city of the province of Cagayan and surrounding cities. The airport is located along the Maharlika Highway makes it highly accessible from adjacent municipalities in Cagayan and northern Isabela. The airlines that operate in this airport is AirAsia Philippines, Cebgo, Cebu Pacific, PAL Express, and Philippine Airlines. Tuguegarao Airport has many interesting shops and eateries within the airport so you can shop or dine in while waiting for the plane to arrive or depart. To go in and out of the airport is easy because there are many types of transportation available in Tuguegarao Airport for the visitors.
Tuguegarao’s climate is under the hot sun for most of the time. Usually, it will be warm and sunny throughout the years with little rains except for typhoon season which the weather can be unpredictable with heavy rains and thunderstorm. The average maximum temperature in Tuguegarao is around 27 and 33 degree Celsius while the average minimum is about 20 and 24 degree Celsius. While around December to February will be the peak of seasons because it will be the warm and pleasant season of the year. If you plan to visit Tuguegarao during this season make sure you book your flight and hotel early as both fill up quickly.
1. Buntun Bridge - This is a river bridge that stretches from Tuguegarao City to Solana in Cagayan and spans the Cagayan River, the largest river basin in the Philippines. It is the second longest bridge in the country, after San Juanico Bridge, and forms part of the Santiago-Tuguegarao Road that was designated as Route 51 by the Department of Public Works and Highways highway routing system. It is a major junction of the Pan-Philippine Highway. The bridge is too long that you can take as much time as you want to enjoy the sightseeing along with the bride.
2. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Tuguegarao - Also known as the St. Peter and Paul Metropolitan Cathedral. Its facade is made of red bricks highlighted with white columns. It is located at the St. Peter and Paul Complex, Rizal Street in the town proper. It is the seat of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao. This cathedral with the belfry is the biggest Spanish-built church in Region II. It was built by Spanish colonist and was constructed by the supervision of Fr. Antonio Lobato, OP on January 1761 to 1767.
3. Calvary Hills - It is located within the grounds of the Spanish colonial era church of Iguig, Cagayan. This area is known for its lifesize images of the stations of the cross which is popular with devotees during the Holy Week. Its elevation provides breathtaking views of the valley made fertile by the Cagayan River. The Calvary Hills of Iguig, Cagayan Valley consists of the 11 hectares of rolling hills with life-size concrete statues of the station of the cross and the church of San Antonio de Galicia. This colonial place is popular for the devotees of the Holy Week (Lenten Season), which depicts Jesus Christ suffering. There was also a great view of the Cagayan Valley river, the longest river of the Philippines.