120212 The Urban Tracker (In Cagayan Valley) : A Taste of Cagayan In A Haste

Its Sunday wake-up call in Hotel Roma together with my crew to prepare a shoot in the lobby and we have to rush in the turn of the morning for a glimpse of Tuguegarao and elsewhere. From the corridors of Hotel Roma, these poinsettias are headturners, an obvious motiff to give it a Christmas lift. The decors are more imposing when we reach the lobby. 

PhotobucketFrom the wall hangings, the table decors, the mirror fountain beside the green decked deer statues that makes it so hard not to take pictures to capture its classic quirkiness. Other guests in the lobby are also tingled by the hotel's Christmas tree while hotel staff are all smiles in us and even allow us for a shoot in nearby lounge room. The shoot proceed in short takes maybe because of the carefree feel of the venue. There’s something in the hotel that will always remind you and makes you recommend it.

And so our crew comes out in the street for Tuguegarao’s street combing. We start with nearby downtown church that is very close heart of Cagayenos, The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tuguegarao. The catchy presence of the varieties of native delights or kakanin is too irresistible that next thing we do is we are already munching a tupig while we stroll around the inner city. The karitela transport is very much alive here as they still ply the city streets teeming with the bustling utility jeeps and tricycles. We have to square off the markets to take a better shot of market scenes and other pertinent matters without the luxury of unlimited time which we satisfyingly did. We have located the famous eatery spot of Mang Domeng to reward our rumbling stomach – the mami is such splendid breakfast kick.

street deli finds in cagayan
We hark back to the hotel as the service van is waiting our pick-up for the remains of our duties of the day. Tuguegarao is already a perking city with lots of property development going on aside from its agricultural prosperity. 

Its another story going to the townside of Iguig, Amulung, as we head past the historic church of Piat. We miss the trail to Sta. Ana likewise to spelunk in famous caves but instead we sidetrip to Lal-Lo, the streets of Camalaniugan with its prevalent tri-bikes, the market of Gattaran and the Aparri seaside, the northernmost tip seashore facing the Babuyan islands. All along and in between the markers, our appetite for local delights enjoy the native corn and the local bibingka.
But the day did not end that we miss the taste of Cagayan’s pride. If Quezon of south has Pancit Habhab, Cagayan of north has their popular and endemic Pancit Batil Patong, a slight contrast with Pancit Kabagan. It’s a fried noodle laid over eggs fired up with chicharon toppings with thick sidings of onions, and soy sauce. Here in J-Ren's Panciteria is such a mouth watering day to end my affair with Cagayan.

Jren's panciteria's pancit batil patong
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