Isabela

Brief Description 

Isabela, the biggest province in the Cagayan Valley Region, is now one of the premier provinces of the north. It has been dubbed as the “Rice Granary of the North” having been adjudged as the Most Outstanding Province in Food Security in the Gawad Sapat Ani Awards 2000 conducted by the Department of Agriculture. It is also home to the famous Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, a protected seascape and landscape of exceptional biodiversity. 

 

Santiago City, the commercial center of Region 2, has been declared an independent-component city through a plebiscite on July 3, 1994 under Republic Act 7720. 

 

Cauayan City, the trading center in Isabela, is also a component city ratified in a majority vote on March 30, 2001. 

 

Geography 

The province is divided into three physiographic areas. The eastern area, straddled by the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, is rugged and thickly forested. A substantial portion is uncharted and the unexplored hinterlands are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna while others are government reservations. The western area is a sprawling fertile valley hemmed by the Central Cordillera and is criss-crossed by the mighty Cagayan, Siffu, and Magat Rivers. Its mountains rise to a peak of about 8,000 feet and is home to one of the world’s largest remaining low-altitude rainforests with numerous unknown endemic species of flora and fauna and exceptional biological diversity. The area is popularly known as the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park. 

 

Isabela comprises an aggregate land area of 10,665 square kilometers, representing almost 40 percent of the regional territory. It is the largest province in the region and the second largest province in the country in terms of land area. 

 

Political Subdivision 

The province has 35 municipalities and 1,055 barangays and is divided into four congressional districts. Santiago is an independent-component city while Cauayan is a component city. Ilagan is the capital town while Cauayan is the industrial center. 

 

Language/Dialect 

The major dialect in Isabela is Ilocano followed by Ibanag, Yogad, and Gaddang. People, especially in the capital and commercial centers, speak and understand English and Pilipino.

 

Climate 

Generally, the province has two types of climate. The eastern and coastal areas experience moderate rainfall more or less distributed throughout the year while western Isabela has more pronounced wet and dry seasons. The average temperature is recorded at 27.1 degrees Celsius. 

 

 

Industries 

Agriculture is the major industry of the people of Isabela. Farming is highly mechanized as most of the agricultural lands are irrigated. With the presence of the Isabela State University, joint ventures and other foreign assisted projects are viable while the Magat Dam Tourism Complex contributes to the high productivity in agriculture. Isabela is acknowledged as the hub of trade and commercial activities in the region due to its central location in the region. Furniture making using narra and other indigenous forest materials/products like Gmelina continue to exist. Potential investments are in fisheries and tourism. The reservoir of the Magat Dam is utilized for fishcage operations, particularly tilapia production. Tourism is relatively a new industry being developed in the province especially in the coastal areas. Support services and accommodation facilities are likewise being developed.

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  • LOCAL MEDIA FAMILIARIZATION TOUR

    Cagayan de Oro

    February 13- February 19

  • Aquero Festival

    Aglipay, Quirino

    February 11-13

  • PANAGTITIMPUYOG

    Nagtipunan, Quirino

    February 23-25

  • PAYVANUVANUAN FESTIVAL

    Sitio Jura, Racujaide, Mahatao

    March-April (movable)

  • Diadi Town Fiesta

    Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya

    March 18-21

  • "Baykat Festival"/Aritao Town Fiesta

    Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya

    March 19-22

  • Bacao Festival

    Echague, Isabela

    March 16-20

  • Peñablanca Patronal Town Fiesta

    Peñablanca, Cagayan

    March 18-19

  • Delfin Albano Patronal Town Fiesta

    Delfin Albano, Isabela

    March 14-17

  • Sabutan Festival

    Palanan, Isabela

    March 21-23

  • SEMANA SANTA AT IGUIG CALVARY HILLS

    Iguig, Cagayan

    April 5-6

  • CONQUER MT. APO

    San Miguel, Baggao, Cagayan

    April 13- April 17

  • SINABALU FESTIVAL

    Rizal, Cagayan

    April 25-26

  • COCOWAYAN FESTIVAL

    Isabela City

    April 20-25

  • BANGKARERA (Boat-rowing race)

    Penablanca, Cagayan

    April 21

  • Pagay-Pagay Festival

    Saguday, Quirino

    April 7-8

  • DUPAX DEL SUR TOWN FIESTA

    Dupax Del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya

    April 9-11

  • BAMBANG TOWN FIESTA: "PANGGAYJAYA FESTIVAL "

    Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya

    April 13-16

  • KASIBU TOWN FIESTA

    Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya

    April 18-19

  • ALFONSO CASTAÑEDA TOWN FIESTA

    Alfonso Castañeda, Nueva Vizcaya

    April 18-20

  • BAMBANG PATRONAL TOWN FIESTA: ST. CATHERINE OF SIENNA

    Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya

    April 30

  • PANAGSANGAL FESTIVAL

    Baggao, Cagayan

    April 25-May 1

  • DIKIT FESTIVAL

    Aurora, Isabela

    April 28-30

  • MUNGO FESTIVAL

    San Mateo, Isabela

    April 30-May 2

  • COCOWAYAN FESTIVAL

    Isabela City

    April 20 – 25

  • PANAGSANGAL FESTIVAL

    Baggao, Cagayan

    April 25-May 1

  • FLORES DE MAYO - SANTACRUZAN

    Nationwide

    May

  • ISABELA DAY: BAMBANTI FESTIVAL

    Isabela

    May 1-11

  • PANAGYAMAN FESTIVAL

    Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya

    May 23-25

  • KAYAPA TOWN FIESTA

    Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya

    May 10-12

  • LABIG FESTIVAL

    Claveria, Cagayan

    May 7-9

  • DAWA FESTIVAL

    Gonzaga, Cagayan

    May 5-10

  • ARAMANG FESTIVAL

    Aparri, Cagayan

    May 10-11

  • SARAKAT FESTIVAL

    Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan

    May 14

  • ARINGAY FESTIVAL

    Lasam, Cagayan

    May 15-21

  • GAKIT FESTIVAL

    Angadanan, Isabela

    May 16

  • GRAND AMMUNGAN FESTIVAL: NUEVA VIZCAYA DAY

    Province of Nueva Vizcaya

    May 19-24

  • VILLAVERDE TOWN FIESTA

    Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya

    May 12-14

  • PIAT SAMBALI FESTIVAL (RELIGIOUS)

    Piat, Cagayan

    June 23 - July 2

  • AGGAW NAK CAGAYAN (CAGAYAN FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY)

    Province of Cagayan

    June 23- June 30

  • PALO PALO FESTIVAL

    Batanes

    June 26

  • PAYUHWAN FESTIVAL: BATANES DAY

    Province of Batanes

    June 21-26

  • BAYKAT FESTIVAL, AMBAGUIO TOWN FIESTA

    Ambaguio, Nueva Vizcaya

    June 17-19

  • PANAGSASALUG FIESTA

    Maddela, Quirino

    June 12-15

  • QUEZON TOWN FIESTA

    Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya

    June 17-20

  • GINNAMULUAN FIESTA

    Cabarroguis, Quirino

    June 20-21

  • CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY CHARTER DAY

    Cagayan de Oro City

    June 15

  • FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUIBANG

    Gamu, Isabela

    July 1- July 2

  • FESTIVAL OF OUR LADY OF PIAT

    Piat, Cagayan

    July 1- July 2

  • ALEGRIA DE ISABELA

    Isabela City

    July 8

  • CABIBI FESTIVAL

    Lal-lo, Cagayan

    August 1-4

  • PALO-PALO FESTIVAL (GRAND CELEBRATION)

    Basco, Batanes

    August 4- August 5

  • PAVVU RULUN FESTIVAL

    Tuguegarao, Cagayan

    August 10-17

  • "KUMBIRA" (FOOD FESTIVAL)

    Cagayan de Oro City

    August 14-16

  • SUNDAYAG

    Cagayan de Oro City

    August 18

  • LAMBAGOHAN FESTIVAL

    Cagayan de Oro

    August 28

  • ALCALA TOWN FIESTA

    Alcala, Cagayan

    August 26

  • CAGAYAN DE ORO GOLDEN FLOAT FESTIVAL

    Cagayan de Oro

    August 27

  • KAGAY-AN FESTIVAL

    Cagayan de Oro City

    August 28

  • BAYOMBONG TOWN FIESTA

    Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya

    August 5-9

  • KUMBIRA CULINARY FOODSHOW AND COMPETITION

    Limketkai Atrium, Cagayan de Oro

    August 17-19

  • GOLDEN FLOAT PARADE

    Cagayan de Oro

    August 27

  • NUANG FESTIVAL

    San Agustin, Isabela

    September 26

  • PANAGDADAPUN FESTIVAL (ARAW NG QUIRINO)

    Cabarroguis, Quirino

    September 8- September 10

  • COCO FESTIVAL

    Sanchez Mira, Cagayan

    September 20-27

  • PAGAY FESTIVAL

    Alicia, Isabela

    September 28

  • PAGBIAGAN FESTIVAL/BAGGAT DEKAT FESTIVAL AND SOLANO TOWN FIESTA

    Solano, Nueva Vizcaya

    October 7-8

  • TUAO PATRONAL FIESTA

    Tuao, Cagayan

    October 1-2

  • BAGABAG TOWN FIESTA

    Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya

    October 7

  • VISAYAS-MINDANAO DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS

    Mindanao Area / Cagayan de Oro City

    November 9-15

  • BELEN IN A TREE

    Iponan, Cagayan de Oro City

    December 1- January 7

  • CAROLING AND BELEN CONTEST

    Cagayan de Oro

    December 1- January 2

  • CHRISTMAS TREE/CHRISTMAS SYMBOL CONTEST

    Cagayan de Oro

    December 1- January 1

  • PASCOCOWAYAN

    Isabela City

    December 10