How we slay the 21-hour road trip from Manila to Cagayan for Partakan Festival 2017

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We went to Cagayan during the Holy Week to cover the 4th Partakan Festival 2017 which was held at Anguib Beach Club in Sta. Ana, Cagayan. Partakan Festival is an annual celebration of brotherhood, passion, and freedom amongst motorbike riders and enthusiasts organized by Ropali Classic to promote Moto-Tourism in the province of Cagayan in Cagayan Valley region which is located at the northeastern tip of Luzon.

A lot of things happened during the festival but nothing is more exciting than our 21-hour road trip travel from Manila to Cagayan. Normally, a bus ride may only take, more or less, 15 hours to get to Cagayan. In our case, we had to travel much longer as we participated in some of the pit stop challenges beginning in Escriva, Ortigas City at 2 o’clock in the morning of Maundy Thursday to Shell Malolos, Ropali Cabanatuan, Shell Cabanatuan, Shell San Jose, Nueva Ecija, Ropali Solano, Nueva Vizcaya, Shell Solano, Shell Cauayan, Isabela, Shell Tumaini, Isabela, Shell Tuguegarao, Shell Lal-lo, Cagayan all the way in Sta. Ana as we arrived 11 PM later that evening.

It was tiresome, imagine having just to sit inside a van for the rest of the long drive, but at the same time it was fun for all of us 14 passengers. The Grandia van was loaded with our back packs and luggage, and yet, we survived that long ride. Kudos to our driver Lito who patiently had to temporarily live up with the crankiness of our group during the trip, during our stay in Sta. Ana, and until we went home, on Easter Sunday. It took us another 16 hours travel time on our way back home to Manila.

Joining that trip were Team EAT and Team Earth composed of Aci and Oscar Bornea of Adventures of Aci Girl; Nicole Paler of nicolepaler.blogspot; Azrael Coladilla of Azrael’s Merryland; Ted Claudio of WazzupPH – for Team EAT; Earth Rullan of EarthlinGorgeous; Ruth dela Cruz of; Rodel Flordeliz of NogNog In The City; Omar Itay of Ohmski;  and Rhea Bue and Jeff Go of – for Team Earth. We represented Team EAT.

The long ride was a riot from the beginning as we searched for pit stops that we’ve missed along the way and those that we found successfully as we accomplished our Partakan Festival 2017 passports. Going to Cagayan should have been shorter if there were no pit stops, breakfast stops, lunch and meryenda stop overs, and picture takings along the way.

One that really stood out from that trip was how we discovered kung saan aabot ang P10 mo, – an in-joke which we shared and laughed about with the rest of the group. We brought the pun from Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya to our hotel destination in Cagayan Holiday and Leisure Resort (formerly, Sun City). If you knew anyone here that we’ve mentioned, asked them what’s the fuss over the P10 story.

We enjoyed – well, there were some downtime over the course of the festival’s coverage, like when we learned how the food service in this part of Cagayan were too irritatingly slow. This kind of bad service can discourage a lot of tourists and visitors to go back again to this province, which is not cool. The Department of Tourism could use a help of giving out Milo Energy Drinks to some food establishment personnel here to speed up their order takings and preparing food orders for customers. Two hours of waiting for your food to arrive on your table is not a joke. Or having to be told by the waiter that it’s already closing time when your ice cream order hasn’t arrived yet. They’re just too chill.

WATCH: Partakan Festival 2017 (Short Clip)

We’re just glad that we were able to experience Anguib Beach, which is one of the destinations frequented by tourists and backpackers because of its wonderful beach and great view of the Philippine Sea.

Some visitors and residents refer Anguib as Boracay of the North, but we have to disagree to that. It’s already a good sign that Anguib Beach Club is not yet that commercialized, it’s a private beach resort and going there needs advanced booking and reservations. Anguib Beach Club is only accessible via boat ride in Sta. Ana. So let’s just make Anguib stay as it is, as Anguib and let it carve its own identity. Actually, the ocean view from the beach front of Anguib has more of the James Bond Island in Phuket, Thailand feels. Though, there’s no Koh Tapu’s, Anguib has a wonderful and majestic mountain and lush forestry views overlooking from the fine white and powdery sand beach. It’s a haven for quiet getaways. The provincial feel makes the beach more inviting.  Plus, you can also go glamping and camping in this beach, whichever you prefer. For adventure seekers and island hopping experiences, guests at Anguib can rent a boat for P4,500 (8 pax) and visit Palaui Island which is a 30-minute boat ride northwestern part in Sta. Ana. You may contact Jie-Jie Flores, Business Development Specialist, Anguib Beach Club at [email protected] for future bookings and reservations.

And just for fun, we’re also giving away fifteen (15) 10% discount coupons which you can use in all accommodations and activities on site from May 1 – July 31, 2017 only. All you have to do is answer our question, “San aabot and P10 mo?” in our comment section. First 15 people to do so, will each receive the 10% discount coupon that they can use when they book to Anguib Beach Club within the period of May 1 – July 31, 2017.

The exhausting and butt-hurting (literally speaking) ride experience wont deter us from going back to Cagayan. There are places that we weren’t able to explore and because we were focused on the rock and ride festival, we had no time to see Pozo Rubo beach and Palaui Isalnd up close. We weren’t able to visit inside the Lower Magat Eco-Tourism Park in Nueva Vizcaya. And a lot more to complete the visit to Cagayan Valley.

This farthest end of the Philippines offers many gateway to new discoveries and explorations. We are looking forward to another Cagayan trip, land or air travel, it don’t matter. And to recap, in whole and positive perspective, that road trip makes going to Cagayan a ‘peanuts’ to our group. “Balik tayo next week!” Yes, we can!


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