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DIBULO FALLS. Dibulo falls is one of the most notable throughout the Sierra Madre mountain range. It is one of the attractions of Sierra Madre Nature Park.
UYOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK
Also within the park is Pinzal Falls, reached by a treading a short trek from the park proper. Following the creek flowing from the falls, an adventurer will find a pathway of rocks and waterholes enough to excite an avid adventurer.
Isabela is the largest province in the island of Luzon and the second largest province of the Philippines. It is located in the Cagayan Valley Region with Ilagan as the provincial capital. The province is subdivided into 2 cities and 35 municipalities. This primary agricultural province is the rice and corn granary of Luzon.
The eastern area of Isabela which is straddled by the Sierra Madre Mountain range is rugged and thickly forested. These unexplored hinterlands are home to a variety of flora and fauna. The western area is an extensive fertile valley hemmed by the Central Cordillera. It is criss-crossed by the mighty Cagayan River, Siffu River and Magat River. Its mountains rise to a peak of about 8000 feet and are home exceptional biological diversity.
Isabela is the most populated province among the five provinces in Cagayan Valley Region. It comprises about 45.93 percent of the 3 million population of the region and contributes 1.58 percent to the total population of the country. Ilocanos are the most prominent group in Isabela. About 68.71 percent of the total household population classified themselves as Ilocanos. The next two prominent groups are Ibanag and Tagalog.
Agriculture, mainly rice and corn crops, is the biggest industry in Isabela. Farming in the province is highly mechanized as most of the agricultural lands are irrigated. It is also the hub of trade, commerce, and other economic activities due to its central location in the region. The wood industry used to be a top earner for the province but due to the logging ban imposed in Cagayan Valley Region, activities in this industry have declined considerably. However, furniture making using narra and other indigenous forest materials continues. Isabela also has fertile fishing grounds in the Pacific Coast. The reservoir of the Magat Dam is utilized for fish cage operations, such as tilapia production for domestic markets.
Tourism is relatively a new industry being developed in the province. The province is best known for its uncharted forest wilderness, including the Northern Sierra Madre National Park. The Palanan Rainforest is one of the world’s largest remaining low altitude rainforest. Other popular sites include Spanish churches in Tamauini, Alicia and Gamu, and the Aguinaldo Shrine in Palanan which was built to commemorate the spot where General Emilio Aguinaldo was captured by the American Forces in 1901.