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Top 10 Things to Do in Sta. Ana, Cagayan

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Sta. Ana is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Cagayan. It is also the northeastern-most point of the island of Luzon. 


For those planning to visit the town to check out what it has to offer, here are the Top 10 Things To Do in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.


1. Visit San Vicente Port and rent a boat to tour you around the coast and islands near Sta. Ana.

2. Eat seafood. 

3. Have a photo taken at KM 642, the farthest and last kilometer marker in Northern Luzon.

4. Hike Mt. Kabo and check out the beautiful Cape Engano.

5. Check out the Cape Engano Lighthouse.

6. Compose an Instagram worthy photo of Dos Hermanos Islands.

7. Visit Crocodile Island.

8. Snorkel or swim with the fishes in Palaui Island's Fish Sanctuary.

9. Enjoy the sun and the sand at Anguib Beach.

10. Visit Palaui Island and admire its beauty or create your own episode of the Survivor series.

How about you? What are your top 10 things to do in Santa Ana, Cagayan?

Published: Kansai in Week and The Raw Beauty of Palaui Island

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June 2016 seems to be one of the highlights of the Backpack Adventures. This month several of my articles and photos were published in different magazines.

Two of my articles and several of my photos were published and featured in the June 2016 issue of TravelPlus Magazine


One of these articles talks about the raw beauty of Palaui Island in the province of Cagayan. It also talks about my one day stay of the said island.

The other article is all about the best way to spend your week in Kansai Region in Japan. You'd probably discover more about Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Wakayama, and Hyogo in this article.

You might find these articles helpful for your next adventure. So please do grab your copies of the June 2016 issue of TravelPlus Magazine.

Thanks a lot, guys!

Cagayan Adventure: Palaui Island

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Our adventure today takes us 457 kilometers northwest of kilometer 0 in Manila. Located in the municipality of Sta. Ana in the province of Cagayan, Palaui Islandis every backpacker's / island hopper's dream destination.
Palaui Island Details The island was declared a National Marine Reserve on August 28, 1994. It is home to countless species of migratory birds, corals, fishes, and even plants. 


Palaui Island got into the international spotlight after it was used as the filming location for Survivor: Cagayan and Survivor: Blood vs. Water. Not only that, but Palaui Island is also placed in the 10th spot in CNN's World's 100 Best Beaches list.


My group visited the island to see its "raw" beauty. You see, the negative effect of becoming a popular island is the unsolicited improvements and constructions. Who knows, 3-5 years from now, Palaui Island would be one of those islands filled with resorts and other man-made structures. That's why we decided to visit it b…

Cagayan: Callao Cave

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Located in the municipality of Peñablanca in the province of Cagayan, Callao Cave is the most famous of the limestone caves found in the province.


Callao Cave is found in the western foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains of the Philippines. The cave is under the Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape
The cave is probably the most "historical" cave in the country. In 2007 a fossilized 61-millimeter metatarsal bone of an early settler was discovered inside the cave. It was dated using uranium-series ablation and was found to be at least 67.000 years old. The remains of what was dubbed as the "Callao Man" antedated the 47,000-year-old remains of the Tabon Man. As a matter of fact, the Callao Man is considered as the oldest human remains in the Philippines.
Aside from the Callao Man, another important historical figure found his way to the cave. In 1932, the then American Governor-General to the Philippines Theodore Roosevelt III visited Callao Cave. He is the el…

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