Aglipay is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Quirino. It was named to honor the head of the only existing religious sect in the community, the late Fr. Gregorio Aglipay, who also led the rebellion against the Spanish colonizers in his time. The town of Aglipay is dubbed as “The Heart of Quirino province”.
The municipality has mountainous and hilly terrains. The main source of livelihood of the people is farming. Their major crops are rice, corn and banana. Another industry in the area is furniture making with the use of wood and rattan.
The place has man-made and natural attractions, like Aglipay Caves and Campsite, Pensal Falls, Victoria Falls and Natural Resorts, Addalam River Ecology Park (AREP), and St. Lourdes Calvary.
The Pensal Falls is located at San Benigno while the Victoria Falls and Natural Resorts can be found in the southwest part of the town. The Victoria Waterfalls are segregated into five levels of cascading waters. Water is pouring elegantly on almost vertical rocky walls, making it look like a curtain of flowing water. The surroundings are covered by forest trees and think foliage. Its rocky pedestals are graciously endowed with refreshing lagoons where you can submerge in tranquility and coolness. Herbs and vines shadow its surface with a sparkling bluish green making the area dance with natural colors.
Addalam River Ecology Park (AREP) was established to help the local folks in their upland and lowland farming and provide a sustainabel source of fish and shells for local use. Livestock and fowl production also depend on the river for its water supply. Because of this, the Addalam River is the lifeblood of the municipality.
In this town, you can also find the Saint Lourdes Calvary. It was opened on the 20th of January 2004. Drawn from the people’s communal struggle, revelation experience and faith, this station of the cross stands as a reminder of Christ’s immense love to those who follow and tread his way.
Aglipay Caves and Campsite can be found in Barangay Villa Ventura. It has 37 interlinked chambers, wherein the 8 chambers have been explored and still developed as a spot for spelunking. It has a depth of about 20 meters. This is the most visited an eco-tourism site in this town. You can see lots of spectacular rock formatiaons, stalagmites and stalactites that were formed from minerals deposited and shaped by dripping water. The stalagmites are usually larger in diameter than stalactites. If stalactites and stalagmites meet, they form a column. A subterranean river and waterfall can be found in the middle of the caves. The water is cool and suitable for swimming. The caves are the habitat of insect-eating bats.
The caves are surrounded by a forest that provides refuge for vegetation, wildlife and recreation. The campsite offers camping facilities, modern cottages and dormitory buildings for overnight visitors. Outside the caves are a butterfly sanctuary and a picnic area with picnic huts. There is also a pavilion that may be used for seminars. The place is perfect for hikers, vacationers and spelunkers who will surely enjoy the adventure, fresh air and natural wonders of the green surroundings.