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Abra Adventure: Tubo

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Our adventure today takes us 55 kilometers south of Bangued (Abra's provincial capital) and 267 kilometers north of Kilometer 0 in Manila. Join me as we visit the quiet remote town of Tubo in the province of Abra.



This would probably be the first if not one of the few blogs that you'd read about Tubo, Abra. To most, this place is like an uncharted island due to the fact that going to Tubo in itself is a challenge for those who want to visit it.

The town of Tubo is known for its beautiful forested and mountainous surroundings. It's also a perfect place for outdoor adventures. One of which is off-road driving. Due to its remoteness, most of the roads going to it are still unpaved (not to mention some "bridgeless" rivers). That's why 4x4 enthusiasts would surely call it paradise. On a side note, I got to visit Tubo when I joined a group of 4x4 enthusiasts on their medical mission.
Despite the challenging terrain, you will be shocked to find that the main town of Tu…

Operation Angalo 2015 Road Trip Adventure

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I have been to a lot of places and experienced a lot of different adventures in my 28 years of existence. However, my recent trip to the province of Abra redefined my idea of what adventure really is.

The memorable trip that I mentioned happened last June 2015. I was invited by my good friend Terence Sy of Skunkworks Customs to join a  group of 4x4 enthusiasts for a Medical Mission to Abra dubbed Operation Angalo. Since I don't have a customized 4x4, (my Ford Escape lacks needed modifications) I hopped in and joined Terence's crew in his modified Nissan Patrol.
We left Manila on a Thursday afternoon and met up with the other teams in Pasig City. We then pushed on and drove the whole night so that we could reach Tubo, Abra in less than 17 hours. The travel was smooth until we got to the rough roads of Abra. The rough road terrain was actually the least of concerns. It was the river crossings that gave us a run for our money. To be honest, our attempt to cross the first of the two…

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