When we invited ourselves to visit our good friends in Santiago City, Isabela, we didn’t know what to expect. After all, Santiago City is known more as a commercial center than as a tourist destination. In fact, Santiago City is considered the “Trade and Commercial Center of Cagayan Valley” because of the presence of so many business establishments (especially commercial banks) and its’ proximity to the urban centers of Region 2.
Getting to Isabela from Manila can be an 8-9 hour bus ride by land passing through the Maharlika Highway, or maybe just a 50 minute plane ride from Manila to Cauayan City. We went by plane and took a leisurely road trip from Cauayan Airport to Santiago City, with a stop-over lunch at Cauayan City before making a side-trip to Magat Dam.
But the best part of our trip to Isabela (with a side trip to Ifugao) was our stay in our dear friends’ home in Santiago City. It was like a secret beach retreat in Boracay Island or a slice of Bellarocca Resort in Marinduque! The family’s Guest House was in white, to contrast with the blue tiles of the swimming pool. It was so serene … and welcoming!
Our home in Santiago City, Casa de Vera … definitely worth coming back to.
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