Getting There

By Air

Philippine Airlines flies from Manila to Tuguegarao thrice weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. From Tuguegarao, it's an hour by Bus or Jeep to Tabuk.
PAL Reservations: (02) 855-8888

Getting there

By Land

Autobus Lines (España, Manila terminal) de luxe or aircon buses with tel. #(02)735-8098 or (02)7358096 Victory Liner (Kamias terminal ) (02)920-7396 The trip is usually a ten-hour bus ride that departs from Manila in the evening and arrives in Tabuk in the morning. Reservation is a must to get a secured seat.

From Bontoc

Jeepneys and buses ply the Kalinga highway to Tinglayan (2.5 hrs) and Tabuk (6 hrs). Service is hourly from 7 to 11 a.m.

From Baguio (9 hrs)

Dangwa Bus, Autobus, and GL lines all ply the route from Baguio to Tabuk. Buses leave in the evening, arriving early the following morning.

By car

The distance from Manila to Tabuk, Kaliga Province (Kalinga-Apayao was split in to 2 provinces) is a total of about 480 km. The route takes you on the Maharlika Highway via the NLEX on to Nueva Ecija, the Dalton Pass into Nueva Viscaya, a left turn somewhere in Isabela Province before finally reaching Kalinga Province, CAR.

  1. Take the NLEX to the San Simon exit (This is after the Sta. Rita and the Pulilan exits). From the exit, go right (east) towards the Pampanga towns of Sta. Ana, Arayat and Cabiao. Proceed to the Nueva Ecija towns of San Isidro and Gapan. At Gapan, you come upon a major intersection which will be the Maharlika Hiway. Take a left (north) towards Cabanatuan.
  2. From Cabanatuan, drive north past Talavera, Muñoz and San Jose City towards the Dalton Pass.
  3. At the top of the Dalton Pass zigzag, you will encounter an arch. This is the boundary of Nueva Ecija and Nueva Viscaya. The first town beyond this boundary is Sta. Fe. After Sta. Fe, you will hit the towns of Aritao and Bambang.
  4. Next comes the towns of Bayombong and Solano. This is a good place to gas up. Its about 330 km from Manila. After Solano, you will encounter a Y intersection. Take the right (east) fork. Don't turn off left towards Bagabag and Banaue). You will encounter another zigzag road to Diadi.
  5. You will then cross over to Isabela Province to the town of Cordon and then Santiago City (385 km). Santiago is a big city in Isabela (read:  it has a Jolibee and Chowking, a good city for a meal). After the city, you will cross a steel bridge. After the bridge, take a left (north) at the intersection (a Shell station will be on your right). Don’t go straight. From here, go north towards Ramon and San Mateo. Before Cabatuan in Isabela Province you will encounter a Y intersection. Take the left branch route north to Aurora and San Manuel (don't go right towards Cabatuan town proper).
  6. Continue north towards Roxas, Mallig and Quezon. This is a very straight highway but watch out for cross traffic. About 1 km after Quezon or about 400+ km away from Manila, you should come upon a clear sign for a turn-off on the left towards Tabuk, Kalinga. Take this left on a rolling zigzag road which will bring you to a "T" intersection. The sign will point you to the left towards Tabuk (right is towards Tuguegarao). Once in Tabuk you will encounter an intersection with a white carabao monument. The St. Willam’s Cathedral will be on your left. Take a right here. The Davidson Hotel will be about a kilometer away right beside a Shell station. Tabuk is a very small town. Should you get lost, ask for the hotel or Naty Sugguiyao Shiu's house. Her house is on top of a hill near the Kalinga Hostel, an imposing if not spooky structure. Naty's cell # is +63 917-8043468.


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