Peñablanca is a 1st class municipality in the province of Cagayan, Philippines. Considered as the Cave Capital of the Philippines, it is bounded on the north by the towns of Amulung and Baggao, on the east by the Philippine Sea, on the south by Isabela Province, and on the west by Tuguegarao City and the town of Iguig (See map below.). The town is situated 9 kilometers northeast of Tuguegarao City, the provincial capital.
Profile of Peñablanca (Geography)
Area –> 1,193.20 km2 (460.70 sq mi), the largest in the province
Population –> 48,584 (2015 census)
No. of Barangays –> 24
Terrain –> Mountainous and hilly with river valleys
Industries –> Agriculture, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Corn, Vegetables
People/Language –> Ilocano, Ibanag, Itawis
Mayor –> Washington M. Taguinod
Vice Mayor –> Marilyn Julia Taguinod
The town of Penablanca was formerly called “Barrio de Bubug” of Tuguegarao City. Later, when more people settled in this village, it was renamed Camasi. On November 27, 1896, the town was created through a Spanish Royal Decree and the present name was adopted. Agustin Saquing was named as first chief executive or teniente absoluto. A new parish was also created with Fray J. Florentino Fernandez, a Dominican, as the first parish priest. San Jose was selected as the Patron Saint.
In 1932, then Governor-General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. visited the town to explore the Callao Cave. During the Second World War, the caves became the hiding places of the Japanese who were being pursued by the combined Philippine-American forces towards the end of the war. Reference: freehostia.com.
Economy of Peñablanca
Being an agricultural town, Penablanca produces rice, corn, rootcrops, coconut, banana, and vegetables. Tourism is gaining importance as a source of livelihood with many of the young people being employed as tourist guides.
Peñablanca Tourist Spots
Callao Cave – Go here to see the profile and photos of Callao Cave.
Lapi Waterfalls – Go here to see profile and photos of Lapi Waterfalls
St. Joseph Spouse of Mary Parish Church
Map of Penablanca