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the towns of abra:
Bangued Boliney Bucay Bucloc Daguioman Danglas Dolores La Paz Lacub Lagangilang Lagayan Langiden Licuan-Baay
Luba Malibcong Manabo Peñarrubia Pidigan Pilar Sallapadan San Isidro San Juan San Quintin Tayum Tineg Tubo Villaviciosa
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Abra has two distinct seasons: dry (hot) season from December through May and wet (cold) season from June through November. The dry season becomes especially hot and humid during the months of March through May. Generally, while the wet season can start as early as the last weeks of June, the wettest month due to the monsoon rains (with the storms and typhoons) are August through October. Therefore, the season of your visit will dictate what you pack and bring.
While some maps indicate three roads to the province (Ilocos Sur-Abra, Ilocos-Abra, Abra-Kalinga), the only all-weather road is the Ilocos Sur-Abra Road from Manila. Coming from the south (like Manila or Baguio), the road will split into a Y (letter Y) at Barangay Quinarayan in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur. The right branch of the Y brings you straight to Abra. During the dry season, one can traverse the Abra-Kalinga Road by using a motorcycle. Be warned, however, that there are no gasoline stations along the way. You need to know which sari-sari store along the way may carry gasoline for sale. The Ilocos-Abra Road is in the completion stage. This road supposedly will connect Abra to Nueva Era (Ilocos Norte) when completed.
Because of its location in the rugged terrain up in the Cordillera mountains, Abra is truly a backpackers delight. The capital town of Bangued offers basic (but not luxurious accomodations) and services. The Bangued town plaza is home to a food court and surrounded by many restaurants. Financial institutions and commercial establishments are all walking distances from the plaza.
Beyond Bangued, however, public accomodation in many towns (if at all available) maybe spartan and some services (banks, groceries) may be non-existent. You will, nevertheless, be able to shop at the sari-sari stores that exist even in the remote barangays. Bring a first aid kit with you as medical facilities are far and few especially if one is traveling to the upland communities.
Ilocano is spoken in all places in the province. While not everyone can speak Tagalog (the national language) or English, it is not hard to find one who has a little understanding of both languages especially among the younger ones.
Official guided tours by private businesses are not available. Therefore, either go on your own or make some kind of arrangement with somebody local or someone who may have visited already. Exlore the links above (Accomodation, Attractions, Dining/Entertainment, MiscInfo, Shopping, Souvernirs, Transportation) so you may familiarize yourself a little bit before you visit. The info provided in the above links are not exhaustive and may have changed from when originaly posted. Do some more research on your own.
The maps on this page are from Wikipedia On the left is a map of Abra with the different 27 towns. On the middle is a map of the Cordellera Administrative Region (CAR). There are six provinces (Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province) and one city (Baguio) under CAR. On the right is a map of the Philippines. The province of Abra is way up north almost the tip of Luzon island. Bangued, the capital town of Abra, can hardly be seen; but if you look closely, it is right there under Laoag.
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