Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cagayan Province: A Far and Away Place Called Claveria

Sitting on the coastal edge of Cagayan Province, more than 600 kilometers from Manila, is the quaint and charming town of Claveria. As one of the northernmost places of Luzon, not too many tourists would dare to take the long travel and explore its hidden gems. It is both curiosity and the thrill of seeing unpopular places which lured me and my wife to wander and discover what far and away Claveria has to offer.

A two-and-a-half van ride from Laoag, Ilocos Norte took us to the town center of this 3rd class municipality. Just like many small towns I've been to, the commercial district of Claveria is the perimeter area which surrounds the public market called "Pamilihang Bayan". Tricycles rule the streets while buses and vans would pass by every now and then.





After a quick lunch in the nearby Flores "Chill and Relax" Snackhauz, we took a short tricycle ride to Claveria Bayview Inn and Resort. A good number of ancestral homes dot the street going to the beach from the public market. Some of these two-level abodes already have some touches of renovations while others maintained their original structures. 




It was already mid-afternoon when walked back to the Public Market and took a jeepney ride to Brngy. Camalaggoan. After 10 minutes, the driver dropped us off at the road junction leading to Sentinela Beach. A walk of less than 1 kilometer took us to an amazingly beautiful cove comprised of off-white sands, rock formations and wild, wild waves.


Later that afternoon, we went to the opposite western side and visited the Tagatt Lagoon. A popular picnic place for the locals, it has some cottages for weekend hang-outs. Plenty of boats were docked on the shore, indicating that fishing is the village's main way of living. On the other hand, the astounding rock formations which jutt out of the sea gave Tagatt a somewhat otherworldly scenery.


We have to take an early dinner as most establishments close as early as 6 PM in this far side of North Luzon. We went back to Flores Snackhauz and was limited only to ordering siomai with rice and beef mami since their chef cook already went home. It was already dark when we walked back to the resort. The street, though, felt generally safe.

It was a good thing that the resort sells San Mig Light beer. Four ice cold brews and some nachos accompanied me and my wife as we hang out in the terrace, talking nonsense while listening to the thunderous sound of the northern waves.   
  
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Location Map of Claveria, Cagayan:


Big thanks to Journeying Pinay for giving me tips on how to explore her beautiful hometown.

13 comments :

  1. grabe na kalayo earl. I like the second to the last photo, so relaxing view.:-).

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  2. oh thank you soo much Earl. am sure you had a great time. it is a simple peaceful place. this makes me wanna go there now. i did not grow up there and it is only now that i am able to appreciate its beauty. :) there used to be europeans here when my dad was still alive. we hosted them in our house. but we lived in manila then.
    there is a snorkeling area in taggat. :) i forgot to mention to you. anyway, thanks for this post.

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  3. This is the town where I was born and raised till high school.... Your blog made me miss this place more..

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  4. im proud to be claveriano:) thanks for
    the blog..

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  5. Fancy reading this blog. Claveria, it's been long time. To go there, either fly to Laoag and take the 2.5 hours van/bus or take the night trip bus, I think RCJ bus lines.

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  6. makes me wanna go there! One for my bucket list!

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    1. a must-visit, off the beaten destination sir ding.

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  7. hala pareha ta'g tirada, nindot jud nang mga old houses nga kahoy uy.

    mo try nya ko'g suroy sa north :D

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  8. Murag lingaw mukatkat didto sa may tower (6th photo) Earl.I hope i'll be able to drop by here from Sta. Ana going to Pagudpud :)

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    1. Mo-saka jud unta mi diha Glen pero init kaayo ang adlaw pag-adto namo. Best time to drop by here is early morning or late afternoon. :)

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  9. these hard to reach - not popular places are gems indeed! :)

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  10. Thank you for visiting claveria.... it makes me proud to see all your posts how great our place is....waterfalls nearby are also great to visit like portabaga falls,macatel falls,mabnang falls and maawanan falls. - proud local here... :)

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