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READ: Things you probably didn’t know about Cagayan


1. The very deep and turbulent waters fronting the Punta Lakay-Lakay rock formations in Claveria, Cagayan have always been sacred among the local fishermen in the area. Either they removed their hats or throw coins as a sign of respect.

2. Buguey, at one time in the history of the province, was called Cagayan.

3. The Taggat Industries in Barangay Taggat, Claveria, Cagayan was considered the biggest logging firm in Asia during its time owned and managed by Alfonso Lim.

4. Ginger, (Iloco and Ibanag laya) from where the name of their town was taken, is still a major crop among farmers of Calayan, Cagayan. However, due to transportation difficulties, majority of the farmers produce the spices for local consumption only.

5. Domiciano Barias of Iguig, Cagayan was one of the first Filipino scholars send by the government to the United States to study fisheries.

6. Kuribaw is an Ybanag wind instrument made from adult bamboos. It is held in the mouth and tapped by the fingers to produce a distinct sound to complement other metal wind instruments. It was introduced to the world during the Ybanag, a cultural show at the then newly opened Cultural Center of the Philippines.

7. ‘Balay Idi Punganay’ in Pattao, Buguey, Cagayan is the only specialty restaurant in Cagayan which offers fresh seafoods of all kinds.

8. ‘Biuag and Malana’ is a legend, not an epic, of the Cagayanos.

9. Ybanags pronounce pansit without a ‘T’.

10. The original Tuguegarao pansi only has the noodles and carabeef. Nothing more.

11. Until the middle 1980s, the three most powerful families in Cagayan were the Dupayas, Puzons and the Tuzons. Col. Rodolfo Aguinaldo, a native of Laoag, ended the political career of the Dupayas in 1988.

12. Former Tuguegarao Mayor Delfin Ting was already sending students for scholarships five years before he entered politics.

13. ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘ Thirteen Daughters’ were two of the earlier Broadway productions of St. Paul College of Tuguegarao (now SPUP). “The Miracle Worker’ which was based on the story of Helen Keller was staged in straight drama form.

14. Willie Catral, erstwhile Kenny Rogers of the Philippines from Tuguegarao City once played the major role of Chun, the Chinese Merchant in St. Paul’s production of “Thirteen Daughters”.

15. The Ybanag conservatism of the mother stopped Consuelo “Connie” Carag-Santos from pursuing a recording artist career with Vicor Recording Company, then the country’s biggest music studio in the 1980s.

16. Lina Go of Baggao, Cagayan was known as Ursula Marquez in the country’s showbiz. She became the first Cagayano to invade tinseltown as producer-actress.

17. Jennifer Dunuan of Baggao, Cagayan has one of the most beautiful faces among pageant candidates in the province. Her classic face, has the same contour with that of Miss Universe Margarita Moran. This might be the reason why Seiko Films gave her the screen name Margarita Milan when Jen entered showbiz after graduation from the Cagayan Colleges Tuguegarao.

18. “Bukas, Luluhod Ang Mga Tala,” a Sharon Cuneta starrer demanded two fire trucks from BFP Tuguegarao to control the local screaming fans when the movie became the opening show of Kingly Cinema in 1985.

19. The Ybanags originally pronounced Buntun Bridge with a ‘V’.

20. A local tobacco variety was named after a great tributary of the Cagayan River which nourishes it into a world-class tobacco, the Matalag River.

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