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Abra Travel Guide

Itinerary, Things to do, How to get there and more

The province of Abra was part of Ilocos Sur before and became an independent province in 1917. It is a landlocked province in the Cordillera Administrative Region bordered by Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur and Mountain Province. The municipality of Bangued, located in the western portion of the province, is its capital. Abreños’s economy is dependent on agriculture with rice, corn, vegetables and root crops as its major crops. Commercial products such as coffee, coconut and tobacco are also cultivated in the province.

Where to go in Abra

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Abra Provincial Capitol

Bangued (capital), Abra, Cordillera Administrative Region, 2800, Philippines

Abra River (Calaba)

Bangued (capital), Abra, Cordillera Administrative Region, 2800, Philippines

Abra River in San Quintin

San Quintin, Abra, Cordillera Administrative Region, 2808, Philippines

Abra Welcome Park

San Quintin, Abra, Cordillera Administrative Region, 2808, Philippines

Agmisao Village

Tineg, Abra, Cordillera Administrative Region, 2822, Philippines

How to Get Here

GETTING HERE
Abra is approximately 8 hours of land travel. Buses like Partas, Dominion and Viron have daily trips to the province’s capital, Bangued from Manila. Bus fare is Php 665.00/one way for one person.

From Baguio: Abra is also accessible from Baguio. Ride a Partas Bus from the City of Pines going to Bangued.

From Vigan: Take a bus that passes by the town of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur and get off at the highway intersection (the road branches inland going to Abra) and take again another bus that will go to Bangued. From here, travel time will be 45 minutes to an hour before reaching Abra’s capital. The nearest airport is Laoag Airport which is 4 hours away via land travel.

Popular Food

Similar to other lechon in the country, but Lechon de Abra has a more crispy skin and seasoned with loads of garlic, salt and pepper.

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Palileng is actually a name of a species of fish that grow in the rivers of Tineg. It is cooked by frying or simply poached with a small amount of vinegar, garlic, peppercorns and salt.

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What differs Abreños’-style pancit miki from the other miki in the Ilocos Region is that its broth is not as thick. It is usually orangey in color and topped with pork, chicharon and boiled egg.

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A popular snack in the province is the soft biscuit-like delicacy called masa. It so soft that it easily crumbles; made from ground glutinous rice with strips of young coconuts as fillings.

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What to Do

Visit the province’s landmarks
There are tunnel and bridges worth a quick (or even longer) stop to appreciate.
Learn about the province’s churches
Abra takes pride in its several beautiful old churches that still stand up to this day. Each has its own architectural and historical values worthy to discover.
See the weavers in action
Abra women are keepers of an age-old tradition – abel loom weaving. The women of La Paz produce exquisite woven fabrics called “abel”. These beautiful textiles are painstakingly hand loomed by the Abreño women who learned this delicate craft from their mothers and grandmothers.
Buy gourd hats
Abra boasts of a National Living Treasure Awardee in the person of Teofilo Garcia. He is known for making traditional hats made from gourd or upo. Locally called “kattokong nga tabungaw”, these whimsical-looking hats is an all-weather headgear and only in the municipality of San Quintin that this dying tradition is kept alive by Garcia. He is the last tabungaw maker in Abra. Visitors are very much welcome to his workshop and buy a hat or two as a perfect souvenir from this amazing province.