Cagayan Valley Category

Cape Engaño Lighthouse

September 7, 2014

If Cape Bojeador Lighthouse guides ships on the northwestern corner of Luzon, then Cape Engaño Lighthouse (Wikipedia) is its metaphorical sibling, guiding ships on Luzon’s northeastern frontier. This Spanish-era lighthouse, built in 1888 and first used in 1892, sits atop a hill on the northernmost point of Palaui Island in... (read more)

Magapit Suspension Bridge

March 3, 2014

When I first wrote about Bamban Bridge almost eight years ago, I considered it then to be the most beautiful bridge in the country. That made me curious to know if there are any suspension bridges in the Philippines since suspension bridges, like the famous Golden Gate Bridge in the... (read more)

Magat Dam

April 20, 2008

Magat Dam in Ramon, Isabela used to be the largest dam in the Philippines back when it was built in 1983. The controversial San Roque Dam (featured previously) has since eclipsed it in both structural and reservoir size in 2004. Magat Dam generates 360 megawatts of electricity (with a water... (read more)

Mahatao, Batanes Wind Farm

February 9, 2008

The picturesque—and very popular—windmills of Bangui, Ilocos Norte still don’t have high-resolution satellite imagery in Google Maps yet (Update, June 2010: they are now visible in Google Maps), but the first wind farm of Southeast Asia, which can be found in the northernmost province of Batanes, does. Like the CEPALCO... (read more)

Apo Lakay-lakay

October 30, 2007

What we’ll be featuring now is one of the more intriguing places I’ve come across since I started Vista Pinas. Apo Lakay-Lakay is a large rock jutting out of the sea at the western edge of the beach that defines the town of Claveria in the province of Cagayan (that’s... (read more)

Y’ami Island

May 20, 2006

If you know your Philippine geography, then you should know that the northernmost island in this archipelago is Y’ami Island in the province of Batanes. This small island, also known by its modern name Mavudis Island, is separated from Taiwan by the 200-plus-kilometer Bashi Channel. On a clear day, one... (read more)