Monday, May 16, 2016

ON TOP OF SCENIC NAGTIPUNAN

Location: Barangay Landingan, Nagtipunan, Quirino Province, Philippines



This is a part of my March 25-26, 2016 Quirino Province Tour Package which includes: Aglipay Caves, Governor's Rapids, Siitan River and Bimmapor Rock Formations, Diamond Cave and Cabarroguis Quick Tour.

Overlooking lush green of mountain slopes from Landingan Viewpoint


Landingan Viewpoint is a part of Nagtipunan, the largest of the six municipalities of the province of Quiriono with a land area of 1,607.40 square kilometers, nearly half of the province itself and it is dubbed as the tourism capital of the province. Landingan is just one of the 16 barangays of Nagtipunan.

The vastness of Nagtipunan mountain slopes


Landingan Viewpoint was the last of the tourist attraction of our March 25-26, 2016 Quirino tour that we visited after we had spelunking in Diamond Cave and I really regret that such majestic beauty should be last enjoying only barely 30 minutes of stay. It was such a refreshing 20-minute drive coming from the Diamond Cave of rolling hills of corn plantation. Road leading to it was intensely dramatic of ups and downs and gradually winding .

While on top Landingan Viewpoint


We’ve felt so much admiration of nature that our group of seven has opted to go down from our car most particularly when we were already approaching the viewpoint. Inch by inch as we drove uphill was worth a postcard.

Few meters to Landingan viewpoint


Its beauty reminded me when I was in Batanes of its Malboro country where its rolling hills give much splendor. The only difference was in Batanes, part of the backdrop is the blue sea while in here was purely a lush green of plains and hills with one river cutting through the whole panoramic view. It was like you are not in the Philippines. As you stand at the viewpoint, you would completely under spell and wonder how God created this part of the Earth. I am really speechless to witness such beauty. Its stunningly great!!!

The highest point of Landingan Viewpoint


While on top, we felt the cool air. It was deeply soothing not just physically but spiritually. We’ve come to appreciate more Our Almighty Creator. We felt so lucky being in this place. Visiting the place has given me an unexpected feeling. I knew it was in our itinerary but being there is a different experience.

The lush green plains as viewed from Tapao Viewdeck (Photo credit: Chistian Lucas Sangoyo)


HOW TO GO THERE

Below is a comprehensive guide of Lakad Pilipinason how to go to Quirino coming from different points.

There’s no easy way to access Quirino Province from Metro Manila. Directly, one can take a late overnight bus from Metro Manila and arrive at the town of Maddela the next morning. It’s time-consuming but less expensive than taking a one-hour flight from Cebu Pacific Air to Cauayan Airport in the neighboring town of Isabela. From there, one still has to ride a one and a half hour van ride to Cabarroguis, the province’s capital. Alternatively, one can also ride a one-hour flight to Tugeugarao City via Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines, then board a three-hour van ride to Quirino.

Traveling to Quirino via Metro ManilaVIA METRO MANILA

There are bus terminals in Cubao, Quezon City and Sampaloc, Manila that goes directly to Quirino Province. Most have a daily schedule to the province and usually rides out at night, arriving the next morning. Ticket fares are usually at around Php500.00, give or take, for a one-way trip. Please call the numbers provided for their respective bus schedules.

Five Star – Cubao | (02) 851-6614 | Twice Daily | Fare Php500.00+/-
GV Florida – Manila | (02) 743-3809 & (02) 781-5894 | Fare Php500.00+/-
Nelbusco – Manila | (02) 712 5902 & (02) 743-1332 | Fare Php500.00+/-
Northern Luzon Bus Line – Manila | Fare Php500.00+/-

Cebu Pacific Air - (02) 7020-888
Flies four times weekly to Cauayan, Isabela (plus 1.5 hours van to Cabarroguis, Quirino)
Flies daily to Tuguegarao (plus 3 hours van ride to Cabarroguis, Quirino)

Philippine Airlines - (02) 855 8888
Flies daily to Tuguegarao (plus 3 hours van ride to Cabarroguis, Quirino)

Traveling to Quirino via Baguio CityVIA BAGUIO CITY
There are two known bus companies that ply the Baguio to Quirino Province route, NA Liner and Kiangan Motor Service (KMS) bus lines ((0915) 947-1440, (0999) 849-2106, (074) 304-3113). Both have daily trips to Madella, Quirino.

Traveling to Quirino via BalerVIA BALER, AURORA
Passenger vans, pick-ups and ordinary buses regularly ply the Aurora-Quirino route. These trips last for about three to five hours on the mountainous road of Aurora's Dipaculao municipality.

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