CABADBARAN may be a small city located in the province of Agusan del Norte in northeastern Mindanao, but it boasts of a rich culture and heritage, as well as scenic spots, making it a promising tourist destination in the Caraga region.
Many even haven't heard of this place yet, but for adventure seekers and history buffs, this place will surely fill your hungry souls. Here are 10 places you should visit in Cabadbaran.
1. Atega ancestral house
Like other places in the country where Spanish influence is still very visible, Cabadbaran has several well-preserved, century-old houses - like this ancestral house built in 1904 by Don Andres Atega, Agusan's revolutionary hero. This house showcases antique furniture, personal belongings and photographs of the Atega family.
With 30 rooms, this house is the biggest and most beautifully-preserved ancestral house in Cabadbaran.
Location: Cabiltes Street
2. Casa Alburo
This house, built by Valentin Alburo in 1935 for his wife Crispina Dagani, was converted into a pension house in 1987. So if you don't have a place to stay in Cabadbaran, this house will be a best choice, as it offers cozy and affordable accommodation.
Location: L. Dagani corner A. Mortola Sts.
3. Museo de Cabadbaran
Cabadbaran, as a community, is very old. Traces of its existence of 12th century villages could be found along ancient waterways, just like its neighbor city, Butuan, where ancient balangay boats were excavated.
Museo de Cabadbaran houses the city's old documents and artifacts that history enthusiasts will surely be interested with.
Location: City Library building
4. Rizal Park
In the morning, this is just like other Rizal parks found anywhere in the country. But at night, you'll find out why this one's different.
5. Tunnel L-240
Cabadbaran is not only endowed with crystal waters, but also with gold. In the 80s, Lepanto Mining made mile-long tunnels in search for the precious mineral. However, these tunnels are now abandoned and only adventure seekers would pay a visit.
Location: Pirada, Barangay del Pilar
7. Mt. Ponkay
This hill is not only for people who want to meditate but also for those who want to burn some calories. With 686 steps to conquer, surely, fitness enthusiast would be very glad.
By the way, a breath-taking view of the city awaits you on top.
Location: Barangay Kausawagan
7. Calo horse farm
Nature lovers, this place is for you. Horseback riding, nature trekking, and camping are just some of the outdoor activities you can enjoy here. This place is best for people who have the passion to protect and preserve our natural environment.
Location: Barangay Sanghan
8. Fish sanctuary
Indeed, eco-tourism is flourishing in Cabadbaran. It is manifested in the city's artificial reef, which is recognized as one of the most successful fish sanctuaries in the country today.
Reminder: Don't forget to bring your diving gear.
Location: Barangay Calibunan
9. Higanteng bato
Considered the biggest boulder in Agusan del Norte province, this rock tower measures 124 meters in circumference, 31 meters wide and 54.13 meters tall. There's a waterfall and a cool stream at the foot of this enormous rock by the way.
Location: Barangay del Pilar
10. Mt. Hilong-Hilong
This peak is the highest in Caraga region. It is 2,062 meters above sea level.
Hardcore mountaineers and explorers, Mt. Hilong-Hilong with all her majesty is waiting for you.
Location: Barangay Mahaba
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