Tara! Abra: Before Kaparkan Got Famous, There was This Waterfalls

TRUTH be told, the province of Abra has no organized tourism effort, as a whole or individually by its local government units except for one. This is Tineg, where Kaparkan Waterfalls is found. 

If you have seen trending photos of this unique, multi-tiered waterfalls over at Facebook, you’ll know why. But it wouldn’t even come to our attention if not for “Biyahe ni Drew,” a popular travel show by TV host Drew Arellano.

As someone who considers Abra as my other home—it is my father’s hometown—I believe this is good development. Other municipalities can replicate Tineg’s tourism, and maximize their natural hidden treasures for the better. In the long run, they can make it sustainable for both the locals and the environment. That’s what eco-tourism is all about.

One town I am hopeful about is San Isidro, which is just an hour away from the capital of Bangued. There lies the waterfalls of San Marcial (named from the sitio it is located) with its own personality and beauty.

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Tara! Abra: The Road Less Traveled to San Marcial Falls

WHEN something familiar turns into something unexpected, then one, unforgettable adventure is in store.

Traveling Journo Ph’s experienced this on its visit to Abra in September. Accompanied by my cousins residing in the Cordillera province, TJPh set forth to San Marcial Falls in the town of San Isidro.

San Isidro is located just southeast of San Quintin, the municipality where my paternal family hails. So our group of nine boarded our motorbikes—or habal-habal locally—confidently believing that would arrive at our destination within an hour of riding via entry on Pidigan.

Little did we know that we actually took the road less traveled to San Marcial Falls. It turned out to be a difficult yet exhilarating one.

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