Abra or Lalawigan ng Abra in Tagalog is a landlocked province located in the Philippines. The first people that settled in Abra were the ancestors of the Bontocs and the Ifugaos. A lot of the local tourists in the country skip on the chance to visit the province because it is sandwiched by two popular tourist destinations, Cordilleras in the east and Ilocos in the west. But I assure you that Abra has a lot to offer to its visitors. The province has a mix of ilokano culture and Spanish-colonial heritage that will surely make Abra an exotic province to behold.
Photo Credits (Wiki CC): Abra Valley by Iannekleina
Kaparkan Falls is located in a town that is in the northernmost part of the province called Tineg, to get to the falls is a 2-4 hours ride from Bangued. The place is a popular place for locals and tourist alike because of its unique appearance, the falls multi-tiered spring pools pours slowly and gently down the forest.
Apao Rolling Hills can also be found in Tineg just located three kilometers away from its municipal hall. This place is a bunch of hills and rock formations that are covered with grasslands. This is gorgeous place to visit and enjoy the picturesque panoramic view of the sea of hills, the sunsets here are to die for.
Kili Falls & Hot Spring is located in barangay Kili in Tubo, just 3-4 hours drive south of Bangued. This is a beautiful and very ideal place for a relaxing visit and it is available to visit all year round. Yes the falls is gorgeous but there is also another draw to this place, it is the hot spring that falls into a river.
If you want to learn more about Abra’s history then you will find this place rather interesting, the place will teach you about the cultures and different Itneg tribes that live in the province. The museum houses different artifacts from, Itneg baskets and religious antiques, regalia and daily utensils.
Photo Credits (Wiki CC): Calaba Bridge by Iannekleina
One of the longest bridges that the Philippines have, it stretches almost a kilometer. If you go here try to walk across it and get the feel and see the locals walking along with you. From farmers with their carabaos and children going home from school. The sunsets here are also beautiful.
Photo Credits (Wiki CC): Tayum Church by Mannie78
Tayum Church & Heritage Houses are located in the town of Tayum and is one of the most impressive Spanish-colonial churches in the province. The church was also declared as a National Cultural Treasure in the country.
If you love art and in the area then you shouid visit this Gabriela Silang Gallery of Fine Arts, which is also located in Tayum. A former base of the famed Gabriela Silang. She is known as the Joan of Arc of the country. The place houses a large collection of sculptures, paintings, artifacts, furniture, documents and books from different parts of the world that the former ambassador Rosario V. Carino had owned during his career.
Photo Credits (Wiki CC): San Lorenzo Ruiz Shrine by RaaniParanas
San Lorenzo Ruiz Shrine was originally built nearing the end of the 19th century. Its brick structure is even older than the cathedral. It is also the cemetery chapel of the town of Bangued, a very pretty place to see if you enjoy seeing old architectures.
Piwek Rock Formations is located just down the road from Apao Rolling Hills. This place’s main draw are its gleaming bright white lime stone rock formations that are scattered around the Tineg River. A good place to take a dip or just wet your feet and watch as the day passes by.