Quick and Easy Guide to Lagayan, AbraWhere to Go, What to Do in Lagayan, Abra, Philippines
Guide to Lagayan Abra
The Municipality of Lagayan was created in 1926 and has 5 barangays – Ba-i, Collago, Pang-ot, Poblacion and Pulot.
The name Lagayan comes from the word “Laga” which means to weave. Folklore says there once was a big tree in the area. Under the tree, basket weavers worked, weaving container baskets such as “dapilag”, a small hamper used to store vegetables, “alat”, a basket for the fish catch, “barekbek”, a fish trap, and other utility baskets which were woven out of bamboo or the native “puser”.
Another source of the name of the municipality originating from the word “Laga” the weaving pattern its rivers, the Tineg and Palsuguan Rivers, make when they crisscross each other in the flood plains.
Agriculture is the main source of livelihood of the people of Lagayan with rice as the main crop. During the rainy season, usually from June to September, water on the rivers rise separating Poblacion from the other barangays. October to May is usually dry.
Where is Lagayan
Lagayan is situated between the municipalities of La Paz on the south, Danglas on the southwest, San Juan on the southeast, Tineg on the northeast and the province of Ilocos Norte in the northwest.
Approximately 19 km away from the capital town of Bangued across the Calaba Bridge, Lagayan is a landlocked area with the town of La Paz as the only means of entrance and exit of land transportation to and from the municipality.
With its topography being generally mountainous, Lagayan’s flat lands and rolling foothills make up the agricultural area. Rivers and river beds form a considerable area of the municipality separating its 5 barangays geographically from each other.
During the rainy season, usually from June to September, water on the rivers rise cutting off the Poblacion from the other barangays, making the movement of people and goods between barangays more difficult.
October to May is usually dry.
The main tourist attractions in this Guide to Lagayan Abra are :-
Ar-Arbis Falls and Whitewater Tubing in Baybayatin,
Mount Gaco with 3 caves; Kimmatre, Kimmampana and Simmembaan in Poblacion
Lusuac Spring Resort
Ar-Arbis Falls and Bamboo Rafting in Pang-ot
Mt. Pugao (Sagang)
To arrange guides and 4×4 transport to these tourism destinations in Lagayan contact Abramazing Tours facebook page.
Lagayan’s Emerald Gem “The Lusuac Cold Spring”
Lusuac Spring, now known as “Bubu-an Spring Resort” in Poblacion, Lagayan, Abra, first built in 1962, is a refreshing spring of cool clear water filling a man-made pool inviting you for a swim.
It’s the perfect place to cool-off from the summer heat. Its emerald water is so inviting. The water comes from an underground spring which you can see gushing out at the bottom of the steps leading down to the pool.
Since the water is constantly flowing in and out of the pool, there is no need for the addition of chlorine.
Local people still use this water as a source for their cooking and drinking needs. So if you forgot to bring your own supply of drinking water, there is an unlimited supply of potable spring water fresh from mother nature.
There is an entrance fee of P20 for adults and 10 pesos for children. Cottages around the pool area are available for rent, (prices ranges to 150 to 400 pesos), and there is a slide at one end of the pool for kids and kids at heart. There is also a changing room and CR off to one side.
Combine a visit to Lusuac Spring with your Ar-arbis Falls adventure or just spend the time chilling by the pool.
Update January 2021
Bali inspired Photo Props such as a huge heart and a nest have been installed around the pool area. Get down there and lets see your selfies. Photos coming soon.
Ar-Arbis Falls, Baybayatin
Ar-arbis Falls in Baybayatin are seasonal and are best seen during the rainy season. The falls are just over an hours hike upriver from Sitio Baybayatin in Lagayan. Baybayatin sometimes gets cut off from Poblacion when the rivers rise during periods of heavy rain, so its best to contact Abramazing Tours to arrange guides and 4×4 transport before going to the Sitio which is around 3km from Poblacion.
There are five river crossings to make on the way to the falls, some of which may be crossed by tube if the water level is higher than normal. Once at the falls you will witness a spectacular 50 metre curtain of water drizzling down over a green fern covered backdrop.
For the return to Baybayatin there is the option of whitewater tubing down river. This is a really thrilling experience and will give you an huge adrenaline rush as you tube down and over the rapids. Local fishermen use this means of transport to return home with their catch after a days fishing further upriver, and tubing has been introduced for tourists as a much needed second income. Your guides are all experienced fishermen who know the river very well.
Watch a video of the fishermen tubing home HERE
Ar-Arbis Falls, Pang-Ot
Ar-arbis Falls in Barangay Pang-ot are quite difficult to reach. They lie about 90 minutes hike up the Tineg River. There are a few river crossings to make along the way.
The Falls situated in a narrow gorge drop straight into the Tineg River along the cliffs lined with lots of greenery. Your guide may bring a bamboo raft to assist you over the river crossings where possible and also for the ride back to the barangay.
Watch the Bamboo Raft Video HERE
Five kilometres further upstream along the same river are the world famous Kaparkan Falls.
Video – Ar-Arbis Falls, Pang-Ot
Floating Down River from Ar-Arbis Falls, Pang-ot
Mt Pugao (Mt.Sagang)
Also known as Mt. Sagang, Mt Pugao rises to 1322 masl. Its coordinates are
Climbing Mt Pugao is possible with a team of Guides and Porters. It is a 3D2N climb. Summiting 2 of its 3 peaks on the first day and camping in a Hunters camp the first night. Early morning call for a sunrise summit on the 3rd peak and return hike down over Karst Limestone rocks and the Mossy Forest. Hike to Camp One and then traverse hike to Ar-arbis Falls in Baybayatin in the morning before returning to Lagayan.
The surrounding villages are Pang-ot, Baybayatin, Dumagdag, Atip, Calambat, and Collago.
The Caves of Lagayan
There are three interesting caves on Mt. Gaco in Poblacion Lagayan.
These are Simmembaan Cave (church-shaped), Kimmampana Cave (bell-shaped), and Kimmatre Cave (bed-shaped)
Simmembaan Cave (Class 1) is quite small with lots of delicate and fragile geological formations.
Kimmampana and Kimmatre Caves (Class 3) are further up the mountain. There are good views over the surrounding countryside from their entrances…
You will need a guide to access all these caves. Remember not to vandalise or damage anything in the caves.
Leave No Trace
White Water Tubing in Lagayan
Lusuac Spring Pool, Lagayan
Ar-Arbis Falls, Baybayatin
Essential Travel Guides
Quick and Easy Guide to Lagayan,
Open and Find Out How to travel to Abra
How to travel to Abra from Manila
- From Metro Manila, there are three bus companies operating along the Manila to Bangued route.
Partas Bus Company, Viron Transit and Dominion Bus Lines.
- Journey time is around 10 hours
- Fare at time of writing is P600
Bus Companies that link Bangued with other destinations are
Bangued to Manila, Baguio – Partas Bus Company
Bangued to Manila, Baguio – Dominion Bus Lines
Bangued to Manila, Baguio – Philippine Rabbit
Bangued to Baguio – Sambrano Bus Lines
Bangued to Manila – Viron Transit
Bangued to Vigan, Tuguegarao – Esonice Bus Lines
Bangued to Baguio, Vigan, Laoag – BBL Transit
There are no airports in Abra. The closest airport is Laoag, three hours away by car.
- Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have daily flights to Laoag.
- From Laoag take a bus to Vigan and change there for a bus to Bangued
- Or take any bus that is heading south and alight at Narvacan for bus and jeepney connections to Bangued
How to get to Lagayan
Jeepney from Bangued to Lagayan
Once you arrive in Bangued, take a tricycle to the jeepney terminal by the Petron Station near the public market on Calaba Road
Jeepneys leave for Lagayan regularly
The trip takes around 30 to 40 minutes and the fare is P30.
Return trip to Bangued – The Jeepney departs regularly during the day until afternoon from infront of Municipal Hall and picks up passengers along the route
The same Jeepney passes through La Paz before reaching Lagayan.
By Car or Motorbike
Leave Bangued on the road to Calaba. Drive across the Calaba Bridge. Keep going until you come to La Paz. Keep following the road to Lagayan. The distance is around 19km
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