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On the road again around Luzon’s tip

The wild sea at the Babuyan Channel while we were in transit to Palaui Island, Sta. Ana, Cagayan

En route back to Sta. Ana

The island was rugged, mountainous and well covered by vegetation and forests. The sea rough and a bit scary as the waves were huge but the motorized banca was skillfully handled by the experienced boatman. Even with the occasional sea sprays, we were treated to one of the stunning vistas in the country as we were heading to Palaui Island.

I’m on the road again, this time, in the north of Luzon for the second leg of Lakbay Norte 2, the yearly media familiarization tour around the region. Last year was a bit hectic but this time, its more relaxed as we are only covering Cagayan and the Ilocos provinces.

New places to go to and old ones too but I was really looking forward to that trip in Palaui which we did yesterday. The weather though was not cooperating with occasional drizzles but that boat trip in rough seas was really adventuresome.

What’s good about this sojourn though is that it will be another long bus ride, just my kind of trip. No need finding car repair for broken down vehicles. It also lets me think normally, great food, hospitable people and access to not so easy to go to places.

Lakbay Norte 2 posts will go live in the next few weeks.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

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