When I heard that I was going to Tabuk City, my colleagues warned me about one thing: don’t try to wander too much around the area. I asked, “Why not?” Their answer: this:
If you don’t want to be part of the Tribal Wars or beheaded by the tribes.
and I was:
So, to find out if it’s true, I asked the locals. I’ve heard a lot of stories about Tabuk City. This is what I’ve heard from the locals. The tribal laws still exist and are somewhat still above our Philippine laws. Tribal Wars still occur in this place and even the police can’t handle the situation. In my stay in Tabuk City, I heard several gun shots in several nights. Car chases were common, too.
Another local told me that Tabuk was declared as a City — twice. She said that the title of being a City was revoked in early 2000 and they just reclaimed it. And she also said that Tabuk City is the smallest city in the Philippines. When you visit Tabuk City, you’ll find that there are no Malls, no Jollibees or any other well-known fastfood chains. Stores are closed by 6PM and there are no available public transportation from 6PM onwards, too. So don’t try to sneak out for a party at night if you don’t have your own car. Still, some bars are open until 12 midnight such as Girlfriends Avenue or Las Vegas Hotel.
In this part of Kalinga, expect more green fields, mountains and no beach. So, what places did I visit in Tabuk City?
Chico Diversion Dam
One of the famous spots here is the dam or the River of Kalinga. You can also do some extreme water sports here like River Rafting. But do not underestimate this river. There is a story about a Korean Contractor that visited a creek. The contractor won the bid to develop this and laughed out loud that the river is just a CREEK when compared to rivers in Korea. When they placed all their equipment there, including bulldozers etc., mother nature happened — all of their equipment was washed out. If you want to try the River Rafting, you can check their package at http://www.chicoriverquest.com/trips.php.
Visit some Farms.
Lucky to have some access to a Private Farm. The Farm is owned by Dr. Almora and he got 3 Deers.
Where to eat?
Seriously? 50.00 – 65.00 Php per order and it looks like a good-for-2 serving. That was my impression on my first try at Ryan Panciteria and you should try their pansit. It’s good!
And also try Gramps Egg Pie.
Where to stay?
They have Davidson Hotel, Las Vegas Hotel but the one who caught my attention is the Grand Zion. Why? Because it’s greener, more relaxing and new.
I met the owner of the Kalinga Brew and she told me to visit her in their Coffee Shop at Sampaloc, Manila. She even invited me to be at the convention at World Trade this Sept 7. Sorry, I’m in Davao right now. There are two coffee brands that are exported internationally, The Kalinga Blend and The Kalinga Brew. The locals recommend me that I try the Kalinga Brew for no reasons why but I love it. The taste and the aroma of their coffee.
And before I end this, I was informed by another local that the Municipality of Tabuk just received a billion budget from the Malacañang for the development. I hope this budget will end for a good cause.