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Tabuk City is proudly dubbed as the Rice Granary of the Cordilleras and the White Water Rafting Capital in Northern Philippines. Indeed, Tourism plays a vital role in the economic growth of a developing City like Tabuk.

by Jhaypee Guia on July 18, 2012
Tabuk City


Tabuk City is proudly dubbed as the Rice Granary of the Cordilleras and the White Water Rafting Capital in Northern Philippines. Indeed, Tourism plays a vital role in the economic growth of a developing City like Tabuk. In fact, tourism is currently one of the major forces driving our City’s progress. For the year 2007, Tabuk City attracted some twenty thousand tourists both local and national. This implies that the people continue to travel despite escalating political conflicts and worldwide economic crisis of the past years. Tourism, it seems, flourishes even in hard times.

Culture and nature sums-up eco-tourism and Tabuk is richly endowed with these assets. It is composed of the environmental resources, the cultural practices and the outdoor sports, which are highlighted by the Chico River White Water Rafting. These destinations are being aggressively promoted in terms of media mileage both in print and broadcast. Local Radio promotions are also being done. With the printing and reproduction of the Tourism Brochures and regular update of the Tabuk City Web Site and the support of Kalinga Tambayan, our Tourism destinations is now in the top list of Tourist destinations not just locally but internationally.

The economic impact of tourism is globally significant and tourism in Tabuk has been identified as the preferred strategy for development planners and policy makers which largely contributed to the economy of the City. The conceptualization of the Urban Plan and the identification of priority Tourism Programs and Projects will be giving the City a direction in the year’s to come.

Not withstanding the need of a permanent Tourism Officer in the City and insufficient budget allocation the implementation and sustainability of these programs, are bright. Considering the presence of Officials recognizing the importance of Tourism, we can see a silver lining.

To sustain our tourism development programs, it requires the informed participation of all relevant stakeholders, as well as strong political leadership to ensure wide participation and consensus building. Achieving sustainable tourism is a continuous process and it requires constant monitoring of impacts, introducing the necessary preventive and/or corrective measures whenever necessary. Sustainable tourism should also maintain a high level of tourist satisfaction and ensure a meaningful experience to the tourists, raising their awareness about sustainability issues and promoting sustainable tourism practices amongst them.

A lot of things have to be done and it is about time everyone concerned must be imbued with the need to maximize the use of all forms of channels to compress the time required for development to take effect in the shortest time possible.

Tourist Attractions

The Chico River, formerly known as Rio Chico de Cagayan -- Little River of Cagayan, is a river system in Kalinga, a landlocked province of the Philippines' Cordillera Administrative Region. It is referred to as a "river of life" for the Kalinga people who live on its banks, and is well known among development workers because of the Chico River Dam Project, an electric power generation project which local residents resisted for three decades before it was finally shelved in the 1980s - a landmark case study concerning ancestral domain issues in the Philippines.

  • Mini-Museum of Kalinga

A mini-museum was initiated and established by the Kalinga Special Development Authority situated in their office building at Bulanao, Tabuk.

The viewpoint affords a majestic view of the valley villages and mountains of Tinglayan, Tanudan, Tabuk and Lubuagan. A very good view of the Tulgao and Dananao Rice Terraces can be seen at the viewpoint.

  • Capitol Tourism Plaza

The tourism plaza is located at the Capitol Ground and one can have a view of the Tabuk Valley.

  • Chico Dam

Project located at Sitio Ngipen, Calanasan, Tabuk, constructed by the National Irrigation Administration.


  • Davidson Hotel & Restaurant - Bulanao, Tabuk, Kalinga
  • Acuat Hotel & Restaurant - Linas, Lubuagan, Kalinga
  • Bilza Lodge - Dagupan, Tabuk, Kalinga
  • Diocese Center - Bulanao, Tabuk, Kalinga
  • Good Samaritan Inn - Poblacion, Tinglayan, Kalinga
  • Kalinga Hostel - Bulanao, Tabuk, Kalinga
  • Laoagan Inn - Bulanao, Tabuk, Kalinga
  • Las vegas Hotel & Restaurant - Poblacion West, Tabuk, Kalinga
  • Luplupan Inn - Poblacion, Tinglayan
  • Mahogany Lodge - Magsaysay, Tabuk, Kalinga
  • Sandy Uy Lodge - Poblacion, Tabuk, Kalinga
  • Salidummay Inn & Resort - Damsite, Bado Dangwa, Tabuk, Kalinga
  • Sleeping Beauty Inn, Tinglayan, Kalinga
  • Tabuk Pastoral Center - Bulanao, Tabuk, Kalinga
  • Tampco Training Center - Appas, Tabuk, Kalinga


  • Bayle's Supermart - Bulanao, Tabuk
  • Jurnena's Dry Goods - Poblacion, Tabuk
  • La Elegonza - Poblacion, Tabuk
  • Lubuagan Souvenir Shop - Linas, Lubuagan
  • People's Shoe Mart - Poblacion, Tabuk
  • Perpetual Help Pharmacy - Poblacion, Tabuk
  • Tabuk Shopping Center - Dagupan, Tabuk Variety
  • One-Stop Souvenir Shop - Poblacion, Tabuk (Municipal Park)


  • Sleeping Beauty Restaurant - Poblacion, Tinglayan
  • Good Samaritan Restaurant - Poblacion, TInglayan
  • Mamay's Restaurant - Poblacion, Lubuagan
  • Emilia's Kitcnecette - Bulanao, Branch, Tabuk
  • Quatakku Restaurant - Bulanao, Tabuk
  • Pan-aw Restaurant - Bulanao, Tabuk
  • AU's Restaurant - Bulanao, Tabuk, Kalinga
  • ABC Restaurant - Bulanao, Tabuk
  • Kalinga Diner - Poblacion, Lubuagan
  • Cliver's Restaurant - Poblacion, Tabuk
  • Chum's Restaurant - Poblacion, Tabuk
  • Davidson Restaurant - Bulanao, Tabuk
  • Laoagan Restaurant - Bulanao, Tabuk
  • Rommel's Foodcourt - Poblacion, Tabuk
  • Diocesan Center Restaurant - Bulanao, Tabuk


By land: From Manila, you can reach the province of Kalinga by riding the bus in Dangwa and Victory Liner Terminal via Tabuk City– capital city of Kalinga. The travel time is about 10 hours. Buses from Manila usually leave when evening and it arrives morning in the city of Tabuk.

By air: If you want a faster trip, you can travel by air from Manila going to Tuguegarao. When you get there, public vehicles like jeeps going to Tabuk are available in the area. The travel time is about one hour.

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