Isabela, Queen Province of the North

by Tourism Philippines

Isabela, named after Isabella II, who was a queen regnant of Spain, is the second largest province of the Philippines, located in Region II: Cagayan Valley Region in Luzon. Its provincial capital is Ilagan City, and is one of its vibrant centers, sitting amidst a landscape that is a mix of valley plains and mountainous areas.

Known for its diverse agricultural products, Isabela is often referred to as the “Rice Granary of the North,” a testament to its being one of the top producers of rice and corn in the country.

This province boasts a rich cultural mosaic, with ancestral influences from groups such as the Ibanags, Ybanags, Yogads, Gaddangs, and the Ilocanos. Weaving through this cultural tapestry is the Cagayan River, the longest and mightiest river in the Philippines, which provides both livelihood and recreation for the people of Isabela.

Isabela is also known for its natural attractions, from the stunning Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, a haven for biodiversity and home to numerous endemic species, to the Magat Dam, one of the largest dams in the country which has created a vast reservoir utilized for hydroelectric power generation, irrigation, and aquaculture. The dam is a significant contributor to the province’s economy and also serves as a popular spot for picnics and fishing.

The province’s religious and historical sites add to its tourist appeal. The Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church, a baroque church in Cauayan, and the San Pablo Church are just some of the province’s architectural gems. Additionally, Isabela is home to the Hacienda de San Luis, a historic estate that played a role during the Philippine Revolution.

Isabela’s festivals are a reflection of its agricultural heritage, with events such as the Bambanti Festival, which celebrates the scarecrow (bambanti) that guards the fields and illustrates the locals’ ingenuity and dependence on farming.

Isabela’s mix of natural beauty, cultural richness, and agricultural might makes it a noteworthy province in the Philippines, offering a glimpse into both the country’s vibrant traditions and its potential for growth and innovation in the northern region.

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