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NuViz PARAGLIDING FAQs
good morning. here are some important info about visiting Nueva Vizcaya. 1. Transportation. any provincial bus going to Roxas (Isabela) or Tuguegarao City (Cagayan) will always pass by NV. just tell the conductor to drop you in Bayombong Diversion, Jollibee, or Solano (Next town). Victory Liner (Pasay, Kamias) and Florida Bus (Cubak) has reservation service, but EMC-LBS (Kamias, before VL) and Five Star (Avenida) are the more friendly buses. travel time is 6 to 8 hours depending on route (via TPLEX is fastest); fare is around 400 for regular aircon bus. usually there are plenty of seats available, but weekends and long vacation days can be very difficult for commuters. on the other hand, mhirap po sumakay pablik ng manila since Five Star lang po ng may small terminal. pero meron pong mga van, or sasakay sa Santiago City, 2hrs north of Bayombong. please note also that foundation week of NV is May 19-24.
- where to stay. the IFEC office can provide you accommodation, pero pang.backpacker’s budget po doon. if you need better place, we have Twin’s resort as partner (ihahtid po namin kyo dun), or sa 24/7 resort and hotel sa Bayombong-Solano border, along the highway. pwede po kyo ibaba ng bus dun. Twin’s is nearer to flysite, but is around 20 minutes away from IFEC office. 24/7 is around 10 minutes away from IFEC, pero “out of way” kung ang route is IFEC to Ambaguio flysite. 3. Description of flysite. IFEC has exclusive access to the flysite in Ambaguio Town, west of Bayombong. Elevation and effective takeoff area are 930m and roughly 400sqm. LZ for visitors and commercial tandem flights is in Jamboree Site, Masoc. both sites do not have public transport service so special arrangements must be made to get there. tricycle can reach Masoc LZ. that’s usually the meetup place before going to takeoff site
Cauayan City (3.5hrs away). but Violet told me flight cancellations are frequent there. next best airport is Clark (4.5 hrs away).
INTERNATIONAL FLYING EDUCATION CENTER
NuViz PARAGLIDING FAQs
Virtually all travelers using the Pan-Philippine , Santiago-Tuguegaraogoing to Provinces of Ifugao, Isabela, Quirino and Cagayan will pass NuViz. (hint: if you see and , going north, you’re in the right track).
The Capital town is Bayombong. It is locally dubbed the “education hub” of the region, being home to many schools. The town also melds fluidly to the nearby town of Solano, the commercial district of the Province.
Fun fact 1: The name of the province literally means “New Vizcaya, after the province of Biscay, or Bizkaia in the Basque Country Region in Northern Spain (“Bizkaia” is the Basque spelling). The mountainous landscape of NuViz resembles that of Vizcaya (spelt in Spanish), hence the inspiration for the naming.
Fun Fact 2: a melting pot of cultures, there are at least 14 languages native and common to NuViz. Most prevalent nowadays are Iloco, Gaddang, Ifugao, Igorot and Kankana’ey. The endemic ones include I’wak, Isinay and _________. Nevertheless, you would not have difficulty chatting with locales as they know English and Filipino very well.
Fun fact 3: The Pan-Philippine Highway was formerly known as Maharlika Highway, meaning “Noble”.
Fun Fact 4: NuViz, particularly the eastern town of Kasibu, promotes itself as the Citrus Capital of the Philippines. Varieties of oranges and pomelo (similar to grapefruit) are produced in the Malabing Valley region of said town, near the Capisaan Cave system which is fifth-longest in the country.
Here we present various ways how to reach NuViz. A lengthy read, but worth the time!
- Traveling by Bus – Metro Manila to NuViz
Average Travel time to Bayombong is 7 hours. So, usually people prefer night trips so they can sleep during the trip, and arrive fresh in Bayombong. There are plenty of trips to and fro Nueva Vizcaya / Bayombong, and one can always get a seat without advance booking. However, during long weekends, important national holidays and events, ____ of travelers make it hard to get available slots, so better check the online reservations of major bus companies, if any. Here are three of the more popular Bus Lines which pass by Bayombong:
Five Star (which has a mini Terminal in Solano Town, next to Bayombong)
Florida Bus Line
The above companies have terminals in Pasay, Cubao, and Kamias, along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue or EDSA, the Main artery of Metro Manila. Victory Liner also has terminal in Sampaloc, in City of Manila
Smaller companies that have stations in Cubao are: Dalin, Dominion.
Bus fare to Bayombong / Solano is around P450 (USD 9.00); “deluxe” or first-class trips fetch 650.
Since there are no bus ticketing stations in Bayombong or Solano (save for Five Star), getting back to Manila will have you rely on buses passing by waiting sheds. In Solano, you can do a same-day booking at Five Star Solano for a 9PM Trip. But should you see chance passengers already crowding the bus stops like McDonalds in Solano, it is highly likely that incoming buses are already full. The next best thing is to fetch a ride from enterprising private vans (albeit more expensive; 650 to 700 pesos to an discreet unloading location within EDSA area). By discreet means that these operators try to avoid apprehension by traffic police, because these are – you’ve guessed it – unauthorized trips!) while relatively safe, please use discretion in taking pooled van rides to Manila. If you are traveling as a group, or with loads of stuff, you can hire the whole van to yourself to take you to airport directly (8000 to 10000 point-to-point). You can find contact details of IFEC’s trusty van partners here.
SMART TIP 1: the so-called Dalton Pass in the Nueva Ecija-Nueva Vizcaya border is notorious for frequent blockage due to landslides, long-truck problems, and other problems. This can render commuters and motorists stranded for HOURS. In the event that this happen, best alternative route is by going to Baguio City via the Kayapa Town – Ambuklao Road via van transport. Victory Liner has Baguio-Sampaloc Terminal there. Hey, better to lose 4.5 hours to a Baguio detour rather than to lose a day, or to miss your plane.
SMART TIP 2: if you tend to sleep deeply during your trip, remind the bus driver or conductor that you are to drop off in Bayombong Diversion/Junction, or Solano. They will take the time to wake you up. We already have experienced waking up past Solano Town, and YOU WOULD NOT WANT to be dropped off in highway towns of Bagabag or Diadi, especially at night time. there are no establishments open for most of the road in those parts. Anyways, most buses stop over at eateries in Aritao Town (20 to 30 minutes before Bayombong), which will give you time to get to your bearings.
Driving Metro Manila to NuViz. Given that there apps like Waze and Google Maps to guide you, we’ll only cover the essentials here, to maximize your road tour. Simplified routes from Metro Manila to Bayombong is as follows:
- NAIA-EDSA-NLEX-SCTEX-Baloc-San Jose City-Sta. Fe-Aritao-Bayombong
- NAIA-EDSA-NLEX-SCTEX-TPLEX-San Jose City-Sta. Fe- Aritao-Bayombong
- NAIA-EDSA-NLEX-Bulacan-Cabanatuan City-San Jose City-Sta. Fe- Aritao-Bayombong
NAIA: Ninoy Aquino International Airport
EDSA: Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue
NLEX: Northern Luzon EXpressway
SCTEX: Subic-Clark-Tarlac EXpressway
TPLEX: Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway
From Metro Manila, there are several routes you can try, each with its tourism pros and cons.
Via Bulacan Province-Cabanatuan City (Nueva Ecija) (8.5 hours) . This is the old and now most tedious route due to traffic congestion in Pulilan Town and Cabanatuan City. But if you have a day to spare, you can Visit Barasoain Church in ______ and Biak-na-Bato National Park in San Miguel Town.
Via Pampanga Province (SCTEX) – Talavera
Via SCTEX-TPLEX (6 hrs). This will take you to the provinces of Pangasinan and Tarlac, where you can visit Our Lady of Manaoag Church (a pilgrimage site) and Sunflower Farm in Tayug. This is also the shortest route, but always ready your GPS and mobile data to avoid missing and highway exits.
- Pampanga to NuViz. To gradually ease the traffic congestion in METRO MANILA, many international flights were relocated to Clark (a former US Airfield), in Angeles City. However, there are only few Tuguegarao City-bound buses stopping by the Mabalacat Bus Terminal in nearby town of Dau. Excluding Metro Manila traffic, Clark is just 2+ hours from NAIA, so given the scarcity of buses here….ewan.
- Baguio to NuViz. There are two main routes connecting the two. The longer highway route, takes 6.5 hours. Baguio-based buses like Dalin, GL and Ohayami travel via Pangasinan, Tarlac and San Jose City before reaching Nueva Vizcaya. Terminals are located at Gov. Pack Road-Session Road just below SM City Baguio Mall.
Meanwhile, the shorter – but more exciting – drive takes on the Kayapa-Ambuklao road that cuts through the ridges of Cordillera mountains. Vans are usually the dominant vehicle in this route, but you will occasionally see motorcycle groups and other motorists. Many claim that this is more nauseous of the two due to its innumerous corners; dangerous for some especially at nighttime and during heavy rains. But on a sunny day, you’ll enjoy looking at the Pine Forest, the Ambuklao Dam, and the Mighty _____ river that is fed by the steep slopes throughout the trip. Travel time is around 4.5 hours, and van terminals are located near the Baguio Slaughterhouse, and Petron Gas Station in Solano.
- Tuguegarao / Cauayan to NuViz. These two are important cities in the Provinces of Cagayan and Isabela, north of Nueva Vizcaya. Usually there are daily flights from here to NAIA and vice-versa. Bus ride to NuViz from Tuguegarao City is 5 hours away (six, if there’s heavy traffic midway); Cauayan is 3.5. thrifty as we are, Filipinos usually prefer taking the back-breaking, 7-hour Manila route than spending more time and money for air-land travel.
- Baler to NuViz. If you happen to visit first the surfing town of Baler in Aurora Province before going to Nueva Vizcaya, you have choice of two routes. The usual is to ride a van or bus to San Jose City, then take you chance at the passing north-bound buses. The other option is via Quirino Province. However, this route does not have public transportation so renting a car or van is a must. Either way, devote at least 6 hours of travel.
Where to stay.
SMART TIP 3: For first-time tourists to the Philippines, it’s good to remember some Filipino street vocabulary:
- Barangay – community, or village
- Sitio or Purok – blocks or smaller districts of a Barangay, especially the larger ones.
- Bayan or Poblacion – Town Proper or center. In NuViz, Poblacion is more familiar term
- Saan po banda ang Barangay ( )
- Pakihatid po ako sa (name of place) – “Please take me to”
- Para po / dito na po – “stop” / “please pull over here”
- Magkano po papuntang (name of place)? –
- Bayad po – “my payment”. When riding jeepneys and seating far behind, other passengers usually pass on your payment to the driver, and your change back to you. You’d be surprised how Filipino hospitality works in unique ways.
IFEC office has a students’ dormitory, where you can avail some of the rooms provide you accommodation, a la backpacker style. if you need better place, we have listed here few places Twin’s resort as partner (ihahtid po namin kyo dun), or sa 24/7 resort and hotel sa Bayombong-Solano border, along the highway. pwede po kyo ibaba ng bus dun. Twin’s is nearer to flysite, but is around 20 minutes away from IFEC office.
24/7 is around 10 minutes away from IFEC, pero “out of way” kung ang route is IFEC to Ambaguio flysite. 3. Description of flysite. IFEC has exclusive access to the flysite in Ambaguio Town, west of Bayombong. Elevation and effective takeoff area are 930m and roughly 400sqm. LZ for visitors and commercial tandem flights is in Jamboree Site, Masoc. both sites do not have public transport service so special arrangements must be made to get there. tricycle can reach Masoc LZ. that’s usually the meetup place before going to takeoff site
The town proper of Bayombong is small; the market, cathedral, police stations and fastfood chains are 10minutes walk from the center. It makes perfect opportunity to roam around with ease and meet the locales. You can access the adjacent town of Solano, either by tricyle, jeepney (last trip is 8pm), or by jogging!
Nueva Vizcaya tourism is rather _____. Each of the 15 towns has a tourism gem that is relatively hidden from, so it’s yours to check it out! Check out the Provincial Tourism Office located at the Museum to the front-left of St. Dominic Cathedral for
Traveling by Plane
Sta Fe: Imugan Falls, and Japanese Shrine
Kayapa: Mt. Ugo (easiest trail)
Bambang: Salinas Salt Spring (sadly, it’s no longer the beauty it once…ewan)
Dupax del Sur: St. Vincent Ferrer Church (Oldest Church in Region 02)
Bayombong: Amococan Falls
Quezon: Mt. Palali
Kasibu: Capisaan Caves System (5th longest in the country)
Diadi: Mahogany Forest, Provincial Eco-Park
FUN FACT 4: Motoring and commuting Tourists can use NuViz to take off to other destinations like Banaue Rice Terraces, Baguio City, Sagada in Mountain Province, Quirino Province (known for motorsports and wakeboarding), Penablanca Cave and Our Lady of Piat Shrine, Hundred Islands Baler (Eastern Surf hub)