Friday, May 3, 2013

Governor's Rapids in Maddela, Quirino

Governor's Rapids in Maddela Quirino Province

The Philippine province of Quirino is a landlocked province in the northern region of Cagayan Valley and its rolling terrain virtually hides it away from mainstream tourism. The province may not have tropical beaches but Quirino has other natural attractions that are equally beautiful.

Governor's Rapids in Maddela Quirino Province

Located in the town of Maddela is Governor's Rapids which form part of a tributary of the Cagayan River. It features crystal clear waters which earned it the award of being among the cleanest inland bodies of water   in the whole Cagayan Valley.

Governor's Rapids in Maddela Quirino Province

A dominating feature in the landscape is the towering limestone formation. Continuous erosion by the river formed a number of rock shelters where the Dumagat indigenous people would seek refuge during harsh weather.

Governor's Rapids in Maddela Quirino Province

Why is it called Governor's Rapids, you may ask. The tale goes back during World War II when the old province was under the administration of a Japanese governor. Road networks were not yet developed and rivers instead were used as the main thoroughfare in the valley. It has been told that the rapids claimed the life of the Japanese governor whose body was never found after the tragic accident. Since then, the river has been called Governor's Rapids.

Governor's Rapids in Maddela Quirino Province

Back to present day, visiting tourist would find the river suitable for swimming, kayaking and fishing. You may hire a boat and the fisherman will gladly give you a river cruising tour. Freshwater eels (igat) and other freshwater fishes grow in abundance in its clear waters providing livelihood to local fishermen. Governor's Rapids is also ideal for whitewater rafting during rainy season.

Governors Rapid in Maddela Quirino Province

The provincial government is geared at developing Quirino as an adventure destination with Governor's Rapids as one of its main attractions. But more than the adventure, it is the natural beauty of the province that is virtually untouched and serene which sets Quirino apart from other tourism destinations in the country.

How to get to Governor's Rapids

Isabela province is the gateway to Quirino. Several bus lines serve daily trips to Cagayan Valley from Manila which will pass by the town of Cordon and Santiago City. Cebu Pacific serves flights to Cauayan City (still part of Isabela) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Passengers may then take any bus bound for Manila which will pass by Santiago and Cordon. From Santiago or Cordon, there are jeepneys and vans bound for Maddela. From downtown Maddela, visitors can hire a tricycle which can take them to Governor's Rapids. For bigger groups, visitors can arrange a group tour with the provincial tourism office at (078) 692-5088/0917-416-5945.

5 comments:

Pinoy Adventurista said...

ilang minutes from Maddela town and Governor's Rapids? :)

Ram D Reyes said...

Governor's Rapids is about 9-10kms away from downtown Maddela and it would take about 15-20 minutes by tricycle to reach it. If you are coming from Cabarroguis, Maddela town is towards the right of the fork road, while Governor's Rapids is towards the left of the fork road. :-)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

aw! sayang! malapit nalang pala... been to Maddela town kaso sa falls ako pumunta which is i think 10 kms away din from the downtown... :) Thanks for the info Ramil! :)

Ram D Reyes said...

Yup, almost same distance lang ang Maddela Falls from downtown. Last stop din namin yung falls kaso it was summer time, kaya hindi ganun ka lakas ang tubig ng falls, pero masarap pa rin maligo kasi super lamig ng tubig. hehehe :-) Thanks for dropping by Mervz :-)

Sam Dallego said...

Yeah, i am more liking my home town by seeing this pictures on here.. Go Maddela shine.. ūüėć