ripe juicy cacao pods

ImageDuring my  in the stay in the Philippines I saw many cacao trees in the Cagayan Valley which were bearing many cacao pods.  These are the same fruits that can be dried to make chocolate. I tasted the sweet white beans from a ripe cacao.  I wish I could eat cacao all year long.  Nevertheless, I am looking forward to returning to the Philippines, buying some land, and planting cacao trees for my enjoyment.!

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The calamansi fruit

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Calamansi, or Kalamansi, is a citrus fruit native to the Philippines.  I saw many calamansi trees in the Cagayan Valley. This is where I got my first taste of the fruit. It seems to be almost like a hybrid of a Lemon and a Tangerine. It is often called the Chinese Orange. The taste, to me, was a bit sour, but is can be squeezed into juice or tea.

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The bridge to Tuao Cagayan

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There are several issues with the bridge as one enters Tuao Cagayan…   The first issue is that the bridge is just wide enough for one full sized BUS or JEEPNEY to pass each way. There is a pull-over land every few hundred feet so if you are in a LARGE VEHICLE you have to pull over and let the buses, jeepneys and trucks coming from the other direction.

The second issue is when the river is full the bridge is not usable, not passable as the water will be high enough to reach the roadway.

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  The buses and Jeepneys park along the river and leave the passengers off to cross inmotor boats to bring  the people to the other side of the river. One you reach the Tuao side of the river, you can take a Calesa several hundred yards to where the tricycles are, which will bring you into the city of Tuao. When you take the motorboat, take care, your shoes will probably get wet!

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The Tuguegarao City Hall

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Undoubtedly one of the most BEAUTIFUL buildings in Tuguegarao.  It is very IMPRESSIVE to see from the road as it sits on a hill overlooking the city!

I want to take more photos of it, from ALL ANGLES, the next time that I am in Tuguegarao…….hopefully next year!  🙂

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taking a tricycle in Tuguegarao

ImageWhat to pay for a tricycle in Tuguegarao, Cagayan?

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I believe that the minimum fare is 10 pesos per person. It  all depends how far around town that you need to go!  If you are  going  to be around the downtown section of Tuguegarao, then, I believe,  10p – 20p is a fair price.  I lived for a while in Carig Sur, which is about 3km from downtown Tuguegarao. The tricycle price for 2 people was always about 50p (25p per person). When in doubt about the fare as the tricycle driver beforehand!

Impressions of Tuguegarao, Cagayan

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My impressions of Tugeuegarao, Cagayan. 

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Cagayan is a province located in the far northern part of the Philippines. Tuguegarao is the Capital city. I loved Tuguegarao because so many things to do there. It is not as big as Manila but still maintains the atmosphere of a larger city. I lived there for over a month and would gladly do it again!  The first impression of downtown Tuguegarao is that there are many, many Tricycles…but many things do do, and many places to eat!

I will tell more about my experiences of Tuguegarao in my future blogs!

what is a kuliglig?

what is a kuliglig?

Kuliglig, as it is called in the Philippines, is an improvised tractor, that can be used to transport farm workers to and from the fields. It can be used to haul rice sacks or grain to market, and it can be used as a roto-tiller in the rice fields. If you are in the Cagayan Valley or other rural areas in the Philippines you will, no doubt, spot a few kuligligs on the road!