I arrived late afternoon in Tuguegarao City, that’s why I had to postpone my visit to Callao Cave. That Sunday was the most fun, however, because I had to hang out with my newfound friends—Rox, Kitet, Guia, and Harry—at Gracie’s Cafe. It was videoke time for us. For the first time, I sang a few songs in public!

The next morning, the gang took an early drive to Callao Cave. That was not my first time in a cave, but that experience was the most fantastic—because I had company and I was able to take photos.

Callao Cave is located in Barangays Magdalo and Quibal, in Peñablanca, Cagayan, and is one of the best known tourist attractions of the province. It has a natural cathedral located at the first chamber, which was turned into a chapel by the locals. Every chamber has natural crevices, which let light get into the cave, which adds a dramatic touch to the place.

* The first time I went in a cave was August 2013 during my visit in Daraitan, a lovely barangay in Tanay, Rizal. It’s a cave by the river, and going down is a real thriller.


ArisMape is a travel insider at ABS-CBN's Choose Philippines. He loves orange, halo-halo, and PowerPoint, and hates beef, slow internet, and long taxi lines. His pastime is watching people watch other people. He swears on the power of smartphone. His half-life? Thirty.