GENERAL INFORMATION (KALINGA)
- The town’s Buaya Caves consists of three unexplored and uncharted interconnected caves (Magangab Cave, Naanos Cave and Tawang Caves) which cover the whole mountain slope of Mt. Makikilang. Ideal for spelunking, they all have underground rivers and can be reached from Pinukpuk and Salegseg in Balbalan. It is said that the stalactites and stalagmites of the cave were formed when the god Kabunian threw up after drinking wine with the mortals of Balabalan.
- The Uguid-Maling Subterranean River, located 4 kms. from the town and a 3-hr. drive from Tabuk, is found in a cavern made from cavernous boulders and rocks atop each other. Still unexplored and uncharted, its cool gurgling waters emerge one km. away and go underground again till it meets the Saltan River. It abounds in eels and bats and nearby are refreshing springs.
- The 17,838-hectare (including a proposed expansion of 16,500 hectares) Balbalasang National Park, located 5,000 ft. above sea level in Balabalasang, was declared as such on June 17, 1972 by virtue of Republic Act No. 6463 and on December 9, 1974 by virtue of Proclamation No. 1357. It is also proposed as an initial component of the NIPAS under the category of Natural Biotic Area. This mostly forested park is located 90 kms. from Tabuk, along the Kalinga-Abra National Road and just before the Abra boundary. The park is a 2-hr.drive from the town and a 4-hr. jeepney ride from Tabuk. An undeveloped, almost unexplored reservation, it is composed of two high mountain ranges with steep slopes, rugged, rocky terrain and numerous creeks (an important source of domestic water and irrigation for rice terraces) that drain towards the Saltan River (which divides the two ranges). The 2,456-m. high Mt. Sapocoy, its highest peak, is located at the park’s western boundary and overlooks the Ilocos and Cagayan Valleys. The park’s lowest point, at the eastern portion, has an elevation of 700 m.. The park is noted for Mt. Nabanderahan, Rock of Ages, its cool climate, sweet and succulent oranges, numerous picturesque waterfalls, mineral springs, gorges and luxuriant pine, montane and mossy forests (with limited areas of lowland dipterocarp forest). It has a Boy Scout campsite with balasang trees and the meeting point of two rivers. The park’s rich wildlife includes the Northern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat (Phloeomys pallidus), the threatened and restricted-range Chestnut-faced Babbler (Stachyris whiteheadi), the smooth-fingered, narrow-mouthed Kaloula kalingensis frog, the poorly-known but endemic Luzon Narrow-mouthed Frog (Kaloula rigida) and the globally threatened Papilo benguetanus and P. chikae butterflies.
- Bagawat Falls
- Ligayan Falls
- Lultoan Falls
- Palit Lake
- Tawang Falls
- Utah Cave
- St. Theresita's School, an old CICM school established in 1927, was once the educational center of the Cordillera. It was also the former headquarters of Japanese and American forces during World War II.
- Mabilong Weaver's Village, located along the road, is the center of the ethnic weaving industry in the province. It showcases colorful ethnic backstrap weaving. Here, one can see how the intricate ethnic designs are made and how the colors are mixed. Souvenirs can be bought from the weavers. The village is a 2-hr. jeepney ride from the town.
- The town has extensive and scenic rice terraces (Pon-e Rice Terraces and Gapis Rice Terraces) cut into the mountains, rising 2,000 ft. from the Chico River bed.
- 5 kms. north of the town is a turn-off with a once-busy road leading west to Batong Buhay Mines.
- Aguinaldo Hill, located 7 kms. from the national road, was Gen. Aguinaldo's command post during his 72-day stay in the town. It has a panoramic view of several barangays in Pinukpuk.
- Awichon Mesa, a plateau situated at Brgy. Upper Uma, 2 kms. from the town proper and between Pasila and Lubuagan, is an archaeological site where bones of a prehistoric elephant were found. It was also the landing site of American forces during World War II.
- Cadamayan Falls, at Brgy. Western Uma, serves as the natural boundary of Pasil, Lubuagan and Tinglayan and can be viewed from the road.
- Tiwod Spring, the “Fertility Twin Spring,” is believed to be a God-given gift for couples who don’t have children yet. Couples who take a bath every morning here and drink its waters will soon bear children.
- Unexplored Tongango Caves, located just above the poblacion, consists of several chambers connecting the mountains of Lubuagan, Sumadel and Tulgao.
- The Belalao Mabilong View is a stopover for viewing the panorama of the picturesque Lubuagan Village. Visitors who come by night are said to be surprised by a sudden appearance of a lost city in the mountain.
- Manangol Viewpoint, at the top of Manangol Hill, is where you could see a magnificent, panoramic view of the Chico River (and villages supposed to be submerged by Chico Dam IV), the “Sleeping Beauty” of Tinglayan and the hidden rice terraces seated at the basement of the overlapping mountain.
- The Poway View Deck, at the boundary of Pasil and Lubuagan, is where you could view the 5 barangays and the winding Pasil River.
- The Pudpud Chico Viewpoint, at the Lubuagan Central School, is where you could view the long and winding Chico River and the aborted Chico Hydroelectric Dam.
- The Lubuagan Museum, located in an old American house, showcases a selection of old Chinese pottery as well as other Kalinga products. It is a 2-hr. jeepney ride from Tabuk City.
- Traces of trenches in Brgy. Guina-ang can still be seen at the mountain saddle where the watchtower was located. It is now occupied by the Philippine Army.
- Kabunian Dam, in Sitio Puapo, Brgy. Dangtalan, is an ideal boating and picnic site. The dam was formed after the mountain side eroded after heavy rains and impounded water that reaches up to 6 kms. upstream.
- The one-hectare Padcharao Lake, located 1,800 m. above sea level on Mt. Bannong, teems with Japanese eels. It was named after the charao plants that abound in the lake. The lake can be reached after a 4-hr. hike along the Tabia River. The jungle along the way has wild orchids and other wild flowers.
- Batong Buhay Gold Mine Ruins, in Brgy. Balatoc, was a once-thriving gold mine during the Marcos years. It has one of the richest gold veins in the country and its branches reach Licuan and Licup and emerge at Brgy. Fedilisan in Sagada and the Victoria Mines of the Lepanto Mining Company in Mankayan.
- Kabunian Bridge - Brgy. Maglucsad
- Legendary Spring of Galdang - Brgy. Galdang
- The town’s Mabaca River, in Sitio Matukad, Brgy. Aciga, has big boulders with unique shapes and formations. Each rock is given a name in accordance with the myths and legends about the sojourn of the god Kabunian in the place.
- An acacia tree at the Aciga Elementary School in Brgy. Aciga is also rumored to be a landmark for the treasures of Yamashita.
- Asibanglan Lake (Brgy. Asibanglan) and Bonnong Lake are mountain lakes teeming with eels.