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I always believe that for you to know more about the place you are visiting - its culture, practices and traditions, you should at least visit its museum. So, right after checking-in at Hotel Amancio, I went out to have early lunch at a nearby eatery and proceeded to Balay na Santiago Museum (balay is a Gaddang word for house). Located at the heart of the city along Miranda Street (near the barangay hall of Calao West), it's just less than 5 minutes away from the national high-way via a tricycle.
When I was researching for this trip, I asked some friends on where should I stay in Nueva Vizcaya. I have 2 choices in mind, the towns of Bayombong and Solano. Bayombong is the capital and industrial town of the province, while Solano is the commercial center. I have no special concerns, I just need an affordable place to stay where food and transportation is easily accessible.
Bayombong is the industrial center and the seat of the provincial government of Nueva Vizcaya. The elegantly landscaped provincial capitol complex is situated in an 8-hectare park that features a fountain, boating lagoon, picnic huts, a stage and sports facilities.
Another must-see in the province of Nueva Vizcaya is the St. Dominic Cathedral in the capital town of Bayombong. It was said that the first mass was celebrated here on April 12, 1739 that was officiated by Fray Pedro Freire, in the church of St. Augustine. It was in only in September 8, 1739 when the Augustinians relinquished its mission to the Dominicans when this church was re-dedicated; to St. Dominic de Guzman.
The province of Nueva Vizcaya is well-known for its citrus fruits. Its rich farmlands boast to produce high quality citrus products which makes them proudly call themselves "The Citrus Capital of the Philippines". Citrus production in the province can be found in the highlands of Kasibu, a municipality favored with climate and soil suitable for the production of citrus fruits.
Considered as well-preserved church complex in Nueva Vizcaya, San Vicente de Ferrer Church in Dupax del Sur is among the town's best preserved Spanish colonial monuments. Constructed in the 18th century by the Dominican order, it is one of the oldest stone churches in Northern Luzon and was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum.
It wasn't my first time to set foot on Nueva Ecija, I had a quick stopover at the town of Pantabangan on my way to Baler, Aurora last year. I didn't count it yet as one of my visited provinces since it was just a quick stop. This is actually the first time that I really had the chance to explore.
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I haven't earned a single cent from my blog. I haven't got any sponsored trips (I wish I have... Hehehe!) or traveled for free. All expenses on my trips come from my own pocket. With that, I still managed to travel as frequent as I can - usually once or twice a month. Are you wondering "where do I get the money to spend on all of those travels?"
This 5-day Panay Island Adventure happened last February 8-13, 2012. I was able to visit 3 provinces in the island (Capiz, Aklan and Antique) and Carabao Island in the province of Romblon. Being a first timer in these islands, I tried to visit interesting places that my allotted schedule could permit. Here's how it went...
Relatively unknown, Tibiao is fast becoming an eco-adventure destination in the province of Antique. Several exciting activities are now being offered to the delight of thrill-seeking and nature loving tourists on this side of Panay island. The rugged terrains and the panoramic beauty of this town is something the province can be proud of. Just two and a half hours away from Boracay, a visit to Tibiao will definitely give anyone a fun and memorable experience that will surely last a lifetime.