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Short posting this time, but this is about a neat little town in Cagayan. Between Abulug and Sanchez Mira, lies the little town of Pamplona. Driving west from Abulug, with very beautiful scenery, you reach Pamplona in about 45 minutes. Here’s a map:

What’s there? First off, this is a really nice, clean, tidy little town. Again, not many outsiders, and the local kids were coming up to the truck and looking in the windows to see who Rebecca’s uncle was riding with (He lives there). There is a very pretty 17th-Century Spanish church (1617) that is very well-preserved. This church is near where the Piat vision I mentioned a few weeks ago appeared. There is a small town market, and most people there are fishermen or farmers. Local Ybanag tradition says that one of the first towns settled in the Cagayan Valley by their ancestors when they came down into valley from the mountains was Pamplona.  It is only in the last ten years or so that the local roads were paved and cement bridges were built. As a matter of fact, a cyclone a few years ago destroyed the bridge over the Abulug River, going into town. You now drive over a “temporary” bridge that is not for the faint of heart… I still can’t figure out how the Laoag busses make it. You see water below you while you are driving over.

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What is really neat and interesting, however, is the town hall… They have a treehouse overlooking the town square. When you first drive into town, you would not notice it. But, look closer, and the next thing you know, you see it there. The treehouse is used by the Mayor during Fiesta time to open the celebrations, along with occasions to address the town residents whenever they are assembled in the square. A pleasant little town that is worth a stop.

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John Miele is a Citizen of the World, having spent time in many locations around the globe. Currently, he finds himself in Manila, but travels throughout the Philippines. John joined the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine in mid-2008.

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I bet the inside of the church is more beautiful than the outside. The church looks like our cathedral (without the belfry) here in Marinduque that was built in 1621. John, if you have a chance take photos inside the church and share it with your blog readers. Have a good day!

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You keep making me homesick, John! 😆

Thanks.

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Hi John – I don't know if you have ever been to Zamboanga City or not (I suspect that you probably have, given how much you get around), but Zamboanga is a City that is famous for it's treehouses. There is no treehouse at City Hall, but there are hundreds of treehouses around the city. 😀

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David… The church is pretty inside, but I neglected to snap a picture. I usually avoid taking pictures inside churches… Some people don't like things like that.

Paul… Sorry to make you homesick. Have you been to Pamplona?

Bob… Never been to Zamboanga, but that sounds really cool. I think I'll add it to the list.

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john
thanks for writing and sharing about the philippines.

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Hi John: Nice post. Pamplona looks pretty. It's so hard to find neat and tidy towns in the Philippines. In my 3 last trips there, only Silay city outside of Bacolod, matched that definition. It was a quiet town, with a few of the older houses open as museums. It almost felt I was in a European town. I don't know now that the new Bacolod airport is in Silay. From the map Pamplona looks like in the same area as Pagudpud. That's for my next trip, including Batanes. Alex

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Alex: About 2 hours from Pagudpud… Nice little town. Becky and I were looking at a cacao plantation nearby that was for sale, but there is still some NPA activity in the hills at night (It is on a smuggling route)

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