IlaganIlagan is the capital city of Isabela. It is one of the largest cities in the Philippines, however in reality, it has a small town feel, but has a vibrant tourism scene. It is along the main highway to Tuguegarao.
The city basically has two central areas, Baligatan and the old city proper (poblacion). Baligatan is along the highway to Tuguegarao, and has the provincial government center, the main public market, and the park which houses the giant armchair. The old downtown is far northeast, nestled at the convergence of the Cagayan and Ilagan rivers.
By planeThe nearest airports are in Tuguegarao (TUG) and Cauayan (CYZ); both being served by Cebu Pacific with one flight daily. From either airport, you can transfer to a bus headed for Ilagan.
By busThere are many buses that ply the highway to Tuguegarao.
Victory Liner4 buses and 2 return trips daily. Buses depart from Sampaloc, Manila at 2:30PM, 4PM, 6:30PM, and 7:45PM, and arrive at Ilagan at 12:57 midnight, 2:27AM, 4:57AM, and 6:12AM. Return trips depart at 4PM and 6:30PM.
G.V. Florida Transportaddress: Paguirigan Avenue, PoblacionOne departure daily from Sampaloc, Manila
For buses that do not terminate at Ilagan, the stopover is at Bonifacio Park, where the junction to the city proper is located.
By carIlagan is from Manila, and from Tuguegarao. The main highway is Cagayan Valley Road (Route 1/AH26), which bypasses the city proper, but passes through the main commercial district at Baligatan.
Tricycles are available at most parts of the city.
Bonifacio Parkaddress: Cagayan Valley Road, BaligatanHouses a statue of Andres Bonifacio. It is also a common site for demonstrations held in Ilagan.
Coca-cola Bottlers Philippines Ilagan plantThere are guided tours where visitors can see the mechanized process of how Coca-Cola are produced.
Giant armchairaddress: Maharlika HighwayThis, the largest in the world, is constructed within 29 days with a cost of .
Japanese Tunneladdress: Santo Tomastunnel, once used as a Japanese army headquarters.
Saint Ferdinand Parish Churchphone: +63 78 624-2467address: Santa Ana Street, PoblacionThe oldest church in Isabela, it also houses the oldest bells in the province.
Ilagan Sanctuarynational park. Activities include hiking, mountaineering, spelunking and birdwatching.
Ilagan Sports ComplexA large modern sports center opened 2015 to replace the older Paguirigan Memorial Sports Complex. It has badminton, basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, an 8-lane swimming pool, and an IAAF-certified track and field.
Aggaw na IlaganMay 4. Celebrates the city's founding as a town.
8 Shoppe Malladdress: Cagayan Valley RoadHas a Savemore and a Jollibee.
Ilagan Public MarketThere are some carinderias outside. Meat section may smell like cigarette smoke due to many vendors openly smoking.
Northstar Malladdress: Cagayan Valley Road, AlibaguTwo-story mall with a cinema, a Savemore location and a McDonald's. While air-conditioned, it may feel hot though inside.
Superior Restaurantaddress: Rizal Street, PoblacionFilipino cuisine. House specialty is their pansit palabok.
Tita Ludy'saddress: Barangay GuinatanFood served in a garden atmosphere.
Joey's Bar and Cafeaddress: Triton Mall, Cagayan Valley Road, AlibaguServes both local and imported liquor.
Vapestasy Lounge and Restobaraddress: Osmena StreetThey sell e-cigarettes and juice (and vaping is permitted), but there are also food, drinks, and video games.
Dreamwave Hoteladdress: Cagayan Valley RoadA/C rooms, free parking, WiFi, laundry, breakfast and gym.
Ilagan City Hotelphone: +63 78 262-0456address: B4 L18 Cityhomes Subdivision, Cagayan Valley Road, AlibaguCity-owned. AC rooms. Free laundry. No free meals.
Governor Faustino M. Dy, Sr. Memorial Hospitaladdress: Osmena Street
BM Surface Internet Cafeaddress: Rizal Street, Poblacion