Tuguegarao City The true Pav-vurulun spirit

February 23, 2010
“Center of Excellence in Commerce,
Education and Culture
Regional Education, Institutional
And Government center”

Tuguegarao City, the capital of Province of Cagayan and the Regional Center of Cagayan Valley (region 2), is a major urban center in Northeastern Luzon and a Primary Growth Center of the region. Historically, it is important astheProvintial capital o9f the Province of Cagayan, as a trading center of Tobacco Monopoly and as the only center for higher education in Northeast Luzon.

The original inhabitants of Tuguegarao City were the Irayas and the Itawes, who built houses and subsisted on fishing, hunting, farming and livestock raising. They wove cloth and made household and farm implements.

On August 16, 1724. Tuguegarao celebrated its first patronal town fiesta with the completion of the elevated Ermita de San Jacinto. The provincial of Cagayan was transferred from Lal-lo to Tuguegarao on May 24, 1839, with the division of “ La Provincia de Cagayan” into southern part called Nueva Vizcaya, and the Northern part, which retained the name Cagayan.
Tuguegarao’s first school was established in 1892, formerly belonging to the Diocese of Nueva Segovia, Tuguegarao grew to become a separate Diocese in 1910. In 1975, it was made the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao. The schools, the government agencies and the church are greatly influenced the development of the town- its economy, its services and facilities and its people.
In 1975, Tuguegarao was chosen the center of region 02. By 1985, almost all national government agencies had established their regional offices in Tuguegarao, bringing to t he region varied and higher level government services and facilities. The Department of Finance classified Tuguegarao a First class Municipality in July 1993.
Today, Tuguegarao City (December 18, 1999) is bustling commercial, education and government center with tall buildings, sprawling school campuses and government sites. It is now an emerging metropolis and a backbone support to theCagayan Special Economic Zone and Free Port in Sta. Ana., Cagayan and the Cauayan City Regional Agro-Industrial Center in Isabela.
It has a total area of 144.8 square kilometers. The town is politically subdivided into 49 baranggays. In 2000, the City’s population was 120,645. Over the past and half decades, Tuguegarao’s economy slowly shifted from agriculture (primary) to secondary/tertiary economic activities. By providing goods, services and linkages,Tuguegarao allows the adjacent municipalities in Kalinga and Apayao (CAR), the coastal towns of Ilocos Norte ( Region 01) and the region industrial center and agricultural production areas to pursue their development functions in support to the over all regional role. Region 2 is envisioned as an “open growth area and international trade and industrial partner of the East Asian global economy.
It is the regional tourism service center because of its accessibility to the tourism attractions and because of the existence of reliable facilities for land, water and air transport, communication, power, health, protective services, and finance as well as amenities for dining, lodging, recreation and souvenirs shop.
Tuguegarao City is a transport pivotal point in Northern Luzon having three circumferential roads for traffic management. There are 15 bus companies, with both air-conditioned and ordinary buses, servicingTuguegarao City, along with numerous mini-buses, vans, jeepnees, kalesa’s and tricycles.
The Tuguegarao City Domestic Airport is modern Facility at 21.036 or 69 feet above sea level and is capable of servicing a 737 jet planes, small aircrafts, helicopters and army cargo planes also utilize the airport.

Pav-vurulun means oneness or a sense of belongingness. It is in this context that Tuguegarao City annually celebrates its patronal fiesta. The week-long celebration is dubbed as a festival of activities.

The true Pav-vurulun spirit is not easy to attain. Cultural differences, as well as differing political affiliations and social orientations make for the difficulty in cooking up a sense of unity. Engineering the Pav-vurulun spirit requires genius and a lot of sweat.

But Tuguegarao City succeeds where others fail. A young man – Randy – has led over three terms of sanity and a working democracy in this northeastern center of excellence. A professed “transparency” executive, Mayor Randy S. Ting has amassed awards from various sectors for exemplary governance. His work ethic inspires people to set aside their differences and work together notwithstanding the discomfort.

The Pav-vurulun spirit is alive and well in Tuguegarao City. For as long as Mayor Randy is around.


Tuguegaraoeños share the same favorite pastime among all Filipinos – beauty pageants.

This show is a spectacle parade of beauties in wondrously embellished gowns and shapely swimsuits. It is a grand exposure for young women to develop their talents and skills. It can also be a great venue for some women to voice out their opinions and become functional in society. Yet, there are others who see beauty pageants as nothing more than mere entertainment and a casual parade of flesh. For the male population in Tuguegarao, this is the most-awaited activity of the Pav-vurulun Festival. It is an occasion when their eyes feast with delight in the parade of beauties.

The city government conducts Miss Tuguegarao Pageant during fiesta celebration for how many years already. It has become a tradition, as old as the institution itself. This project gets the largest chunk of the cultural budget at P.6M this year. With the biggest budget allocation, this program does not only help young women but also other people.

Activities like these give chance to our fellowmen, most especially gay people, to make a living. This is a time for them to showcase their artistry in applying make-up and in conceptualizing the elements needed in various competitions for the pageant, from formal wear to festival costume. All these are intended for the promotion of our culture. Above these things, let us not forget that our main objective is to promote Tuguegarao’s culture and history as we celebrate in the Pav-vurulun spirit.

This year, we have a new set of candidates. Hopefully, we can draw from this batch a true pageant winner: someone who could confidently saunter it off through the contest and make the competition mean something beyond the usual catwalk, someone who can prove to people that a pageant can also showcase smarts and substance.

So that whoever will emerge as this year’s Miss Tuguegarao, she can confidently represent us and likewise, we, Tuguegaraoeños will proudly embrace her as our ambassadress.

Highlighting the eight-day Pav-vurulun Festival, 15 candidates vying for the Miss Tuguegarao crown came, “showed” and conquered the eager crowd at the People’s Gym last night where candidate number 11, Yvonne Sonja Groth bested 14 other candidates to win the title of Miss Tuguegarao City 2006.

Groth, who is half-Filipino and half-German also bagged Best in Talent, Broadway costume and Gown as well as other corporate awards such as Miss Myra-E, Ms. Manel’s Total and Ms. R.B. Acorda Pawnshop.

The chairman of the board of judges was no less than former Senator Nikki Coseteng who flew all the way from Manila to grace the occasion.

In front of an excited audience, 15 candidates vying for the title Little Miss Tuguegarao City took center stage last August 13, 2006 at the People’s Gymnasium with Millijoy Dennise M. Villanueva taking home the title.

Not even the strong rain can dampen the spirit of these young ladies as they went through the rigors of the beauty contest like pros compared to their adult counterparts.

Coming out in their broadway costume, the contestants brought the house down with their cute and unmatched modeling movements, creating a pandemonium as the audience jeered, shouted, and jumped out of joy and excitement.

Danielle Clare Tomas was crowned Little Miss Tourism, Myrisha Jehn dela Cruz is 1st runner-up, Precious Ann Donato is 2nd runner-up and Princess Joi Vidal is 3rd runner-up.

Little Miss Tuguegarao Millijoy Dennise Villanueva also outsmarted the other contestants by sweeping all minor awards, namely: Best in Broadway Costume, Best in Casual wear and Best in Gown.

This year’s search was made possible under the chairmanship of City Councilor Danilo L. Baccay with full support from the staff of the city government.

The question went this way: “Your parents decided to adopt a child, will you accept him or her as your brother or your sister?”

The answer was: “Yes, I will love her because my parents adopt a child so that I will have someone to play with.”

That was the question and answer portion of Little Miss Tuguegarao 2006 pageant where Millijoy Dennise M. Villanueva, young and talented as she is, answered the question that fascinated not only the judges but also the viewers during the pageant night.

Little Joy-joy, as she is fondly called, is from Libag Norte. She is just six years old but she can already express her thoughts using the English language. She was blessed with very loving and supportive parents, Dennis and Raquel Villanueva who were very proud of their daughter for winning the title.


Tuguegaraoeños are pancit-lovers. Go around and you can find a “pancitan” in every nook and cranny of the city.

The favorite Pancit Tuguegarao is called “pancit batil-patung”. It was called as such because the egg, which is cooked sunny side-up, is set on top of the noodles poured with meat and vegetables. The noodle, which is “miki” in the native tongue, is the main ingredient made from flour.

Pancit has become a staple of the Ibanags. It has become a favorite pastime. It has become Tuguegaraoeños’ way of life.

In 2003, the city government launched Pancit Festival as one of the activities of the weeklong fiesta celebration. The activity is a competition where fastest pancit-eaters are drawn from men and women category.

“Nu egga pav-vurulunan, pancit batil patung y mearrubang.” So goes the message printed in the shirts given to participants. In the Pav-vurulun spirit, we share “pancit”.

This year, we continue the three-year old custom, gathering all men and women from different barangays to challenge the record of eating ¾ kilos of freshly-cooked pancit consumed in 1 minute and .08 seconds last year. It’s a tough act to follow.

This is the challenge to this year’s contenders. The challenge to all of us, on the other hand, is to let the Pav-vurulun spirit be prolonged and more binding among us. This year, may the whole community feast in spirit and in the stomach. Let us all unite and shout “Long-live Tuguegarao City!”

Where to stay in Tuguegarao City:
Accommodation and Lodging Establishments:
• Hotel Roma
Rizal St, Tug. City, Cagayan
Tel.# (780) 844-1390/846-2565

• Ivory Hotel & Convention Center
Buntun Highway, Tug. City, Cagayan
Tel# (078) 844-1275

• Hotel Roma
Luna St, Tug. City, Cagayan
Tel# (078) 844-1057/2221/1539

Hotel Candice
Luna corner Blumentrie st., Tug.City
Tel.# (0780 844-2001/2002

• Villa Victoria Hotel
National Highway, Pengue, Tug. City
Tel# (078) 844- 0436

• Villa Blanca Hotel
#08 Pattaui st.Ugac Norte, Tug. City
Tel#(078) 844- 1819

• Casa Ludivina Inn
Maharlika highway, Pengue, Tug city

• New Crown Lodge
Luna st. Tug. City

• Hotel Carmelita
#09diversion Road, Balzain, Tug. City

• Hotel Kimikarlai
Arellano Ext,Ugac Sur , Tug. City

• Hotel Vico
Aguinaldo st, Tug. City

• Hotel Elinas
Bonifacio st, Tug. City

Hotel Joselina
Agunaldo st, Tug. City
• Pampanguena hotel
Caggay, Tug. City

• Bed Fellow Inn
Mabini st, Tug. City

• Hotel Leonor

• Aras Lodge
Pengue Ruyu, Tug. City

• Red Roof Inn
Caggay, Tug. City

• Hotel Victoria
National High, Pengue Ruyu, Tug. City

Places to visit:
1. Callao Cave
“Located within the Peñablanca Protected Landscape; 24 kilometers from Tuguegarao. The seven-chambered Callao Caves boast of massive limestone and other rock formations, skylights, and a chapel. Other pristine and undisturbed caves with living rock formations in the area include Sierra Cave, Quibal Cave, Odessa-Tumbali Cave System, Jackpot Cave, Roc and San Carlos Caves, among others. These caves can be explored with guides from Sierra Madre Outdoor Club (SMOC), Adventures and Expedition Philippines, Inc. (AEPI), and North Adventours.
More than 300 caves dot the area, 75 of which have been documented by the National Museum since 1977. Within the area is the Pinacanauan River conducive for river rafting or boating, kayaking, fishing, and swimming while the mountains are perfect for trekking and mountaineering. Daily circadian flight of bats from a bat cave occur at dusk.”

2. Jackpot Cave
Located at Sitio Tumallo, Barangay Quibal in Peñablanca. At 115 meters, it is the second deepest cave in the Philippines. The cave has a walking-size passage, shafts and drops of varying depths that provide for a lot of rope works. Meandering streams and gour pools of varying sizes abound. A sump of undetermined depth backs up on wet season flooding the lower section of the cave to the roof as evidenced by large logs jammed in the roof of the cave. On the fifth spot is the Jackpot Cave also in Peñablanca, Cagayan. It is the second deepest cave in the Philippines at 115 meters. The cave has a walking size passage, shafts and drops of varying depths that provide for a lot of rope works. Meandering streams and pools of varying size abound inside the cave.

Cagayan Is Famous For
Iguig Calvary Hills
It showcases the larger-than-life-size 14 Stations of the Cross and is a favorite destination during the Holy Week.

Local Delicacies
Longanisa, peanuts and peanut products, carabao milk candy are some of the favorite pasalubong choices from the province

Cave Exploration
Caves of different classifications abound in the province, which makes it a spelunker’s paradise. The Peñablanca Protected Landscape, the northern corridor to the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, is home to some 300 caves, 75 of which have been documented by the National Museum and 30 have been mapped by the British Exploration Club and its local counterpart, the Sierra Madre Outdoor Club. On April 7-13, 2003, SMOC hosted the 24th Mountaineering Federation Philippines, Inc., Congress and Climb which was attended by some 200 outdoor enthusiasts.

Mountains & Forests
The province’s unspoiled mountains and forests are well recommended for outdoor activities like trekking, mountain climbing and exploration, camping, among others. These activities are also good sources of livelihood for the rural communities.

Rivers & Seas
Clean rivers and seas make the province ideal for water sports activities like swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, and white river rafting. The lower basin of the Cagayan River is found in Aparri, Cagayan where a fluvial parade attended by more than a hundred fishing boats is being conducted every May 10. Also, the Cagayan River is the longest and widest river in the country. It starts from the Province of Nueva Vizcaya and snakes down to Cagayan.

Magapit Hanging Bridge, built in the early seventies, is one of the first hanging bridges in Asia. Another bridge, Buntun Bridge, is the longest river bridge in the country. Both bridges span the mighty Cagayan River.

Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Piat
It is a favorite destination of pilgrims who pray for favors, healing, and other special graces. The image, which came from Macao, is said to be miraculous and is made of papier mache. Other brick churches constructed during the Spanish times are also a favorite destination by pilgrims. These churches are still unreinforced and are located along national highways.

Native Furniture
Export quality furniture made of softwood and hardwood and rattan products and furniture are among the popular buys from the province

Tuguegarao Pancit
Known locally as Batil Patung, the Tuguegarao Pancit is made of local noodles. Tourists are allowed to witness the actual preparation of this local delicacy in some local panciterias in Tuguegarao City

Peñablanca Caves
Callao Cave, just outside Penablanca, is ideal for the traveler who wants a brief taste of the underground. But the region is packed with dozens of other caves, some partially explored, others still virgin. Sierra, only a 15-minute walk from Callao, has huge chambers filled with white, crystal-studded columns. At Odessa, a cave system with over 8km of known passages and others yet to be explored, spelunkers pass through elephant-sized walkways and narrow, tortuous squeezes. Formations include calcite grottoes and crystalline flowstones. Another cave, Heaven, has a fantastic chamber, which is a highlight of the underground experience. Heaven can be hellish to get to, but those who have been there agree that it’s worth the effort.