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Quirino | Getting to Know Cabarroguis and the Province

The province of Quirino in Cagayan Valley, named after the former and sixth president of the Philippines Elpidio Quirino has often been overlooked and misplaced as a destination. Maybe because they are in a land-locked area between three provinces of Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela and Aurora and no direct access on the main national roads or flights. This makes Quirino quite interesting alternative destination. “What’s here? What can we see and do?” Are just about some curious queries unraveled on our recent visit. But before any exploration, we made our way to Cabarroguis, the province’s town capital.

A vendor selling fossilized flowers
A vendor selling fossilized flowers

Fossilized Flowers, Tilangit and Tubikoy

We came in town when there was a Paskohan at the Capitol Sports Complex ground and one of the booths there showcased these colorful flowers where we found out were Fossilized Flowers made from alibangbang leaves (or butterfly leaves). They consider these craft as the town’s OTOP (One Town One Product) which they largely export to Europe. It’s quite meticulous process as well. The smaller ones are harder to make and are more expensive. These flowers can last for more than a year. A fitting accessory for events or a simple house decor.

If you ask me, there are a couple of interesting products that could pass as OTOP. Their Tubikoy, a rice cake from a delightful mix of tupig, bibingka and tikoy. The other one is their Tilanggit, a dried tilapia danggit version of the province. It is worthwhile to look for these delicacies when in town.

Tubikoy (left) and Tilanggit (right)
Tubikoy (left) and Tilanggit (right)

Getting Into Cabarroguis Quirino

Land travel makes most of the access to Quirino province. From Manila, several bus lines like Five Star and Northern Luzon Bus line ply the Manila-Quirino route daily. An alternative is to take the aircon buses taking the Manila-Santiago (Isabela) route. From Santiago terminal there are jeeps to Cabarroguis and other towns like Diffun, Aglipay (for Aglipay Cave) and Maddela.

From Baguio, NA Liner and KMS ply the Baguio-Quirino route daily.

By Air, the nearest airport is Cauayan, Isabela which is 1.5 to 2 hours away by land.

Fossilized flowers made from butterfly leaves
Fossilized flowers made from butterfly leaves
The smaller the flower the harder to make
The smaller the flower the harder to make

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