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#288 Palan-ah Falls


Palan-ah Falls and Hot Springs is located in Tinglayan, Kalinga, northern Philippines.

Palan-ah is derived from the native term Pinalpallang-ah which means chair. The falls sprays down from approximately 100 meters high forming a pool where, during a sunny day, one feels like swimming in a rainbow of colors. Hot springs are also found in the area, making Tinglayan an ideal place for adventure travellers and nature visitors. From Tabuk, there are buses and jeepneys going to the municipality of Tinglayan. The usual way to reach Tabuk on the other hand is via Tuguegarao in Cagayan Province which is about 10 hours by bus or one hour by plane from Manila.

Mabuhay ang Kalinga!

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#238 Mt. Mating-Oy Dinayao

Mt. Mating-Oy Dinayao

Mt. Mating-Oy Dinayao (also locally known as ‘Sleeping Beauty’) are the fabled mountain ranges that border the municipalities of Tinglayan and Tanudan in Kalinga province, northern Philippines. From a distance this lush forest mountain range take the form of a sleeping lady supinely lying its back, giving its popular name ‘Sleeping Beauty.

A vantage view of the profile can be seen from the Sungang view or from Basao. Mt, Mating-oy is a renowned destination for professional mountaineers, hikers and adventure travellers for its maze of jungle, ravines, small creeks, rocky mountain faces, dense forests, wild flora and fauna. Sleeping Beauty was named Mating-Oy Dinayao by the native Kalingas based on a tale about an enchanting lady called Dinayao from the village of Dacalan and her enduring love for her dead lover.

Mabuhay ang Mt. Mating-Oy Dinayao!

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#217 Kibungan, Benguet

Kibungan is well known in the province of Benguet as the town with unique grand mountains that are said to resemble or recall the rugged beauty of mountains in Switzerland.

Whether the comparison is accurate or not, Kibugan’s natural beauty can stand on its own with its deep ravines and cliffs that separate or isolate many of the sleepy and picturesque villages in this rugged part of Benguet.

Visitors to Kibungan (located some 62 kilometres north of Baguio City) can enjoy panoramic views of hills, forest-clad valleys, verdant plateaus, all within a cool highland mountainous zone with elevations at more than 2,500 meters above sea level.

During the coolest months in December and January, the village of Madaymen for instance experiences chilling temperature of zero degrees Celsius causing the famous ‘Frost of Madaymen.’ Although the current El Nino weather phenomenon or the changing global climate may yet change that there are other points of interest in Kibungan such as centuries-old rice terraces and the Mayos River.

Mabuhay ang Kibungan!

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#84 Batanes

Batanes, Wikipedia Photo

Batanes is one of the few Philippine islands that has remained unspoilt by development and is the northernmost and smallest province of the country both in terms of population and land area.

Located on the tip of northern Philippines the Batanes island group has sustained its own agrarian economy, its remote geographic location effectively cutting it off from the main island of Luzon.  The province is composed of 10 islands, called the Batanes Islands, located about 162 km north of the Luzon mainland in the Luzon Strait.

Of this island group, the largest and only inhabited islands are Itbayat, Batan and Sabtang.  These islands used to have English and Dutch connections when in 1687, a crew of English freebooters headed by William Dampier came with a Dutch crew and named the islands in honor of their country’s monarchs. Itbayat was named “Orange Isle” in honor of William of Orange, and Batan was named “Grafton Isle” after Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton (Wikipedia).

Today, Batanes is a popular travel destination for tourists with many locals visiting the islands during the summer months. With its high cliffs, stone houses and sweeping panoramic views of open pastures and seas, the landscape is reminiscent of Scottish highlands. The island chain is also closer to southern Taiwan than the Philippine archipelago, and the local Ivatans have maintained strong ties with their Taiwanese neighbours.

Mabuhay ang Batanes!

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