Living & Culture Travel

A Week In Aparri * Days 1 & 2

It’s been two years since our family visited my husband’s hometown. My husband’s from Aparri, which became quite popular because it was mentioned in the theme song of a local noontime show. The song meant to say the show is number one in the entire Philippines, as in from the northernmost place in the country to the one deep in the south. Of course, they realized later that Aparri isn’t actually the farthest place in the north; it’s Batanes. (Or perhaps the show wasn’t available in Batanes then because they didn’t have electricity yet.) But, yes, it’s still quite far.

We were reminded of the fact when we travelled a day ago and was on the road for 24 hours. The trip only usually takes 14 hours, but traffic in the Philippines, as you may already know, is the worst. We got stuck for two hours in a remote area because a trailer truck toppled over and the local government did not attend to it right away. So, that’s the Philippines in a gist for you.

Unpleasant experiences aside, it’s nice to be back here. It’s still quiet and overcast, but there’s nothing good food can’t make pleasant. We had miki and brownies from Cindy’s this afternoon, and I was reminded of how happiness can be found in simple things.

What to do in Aparri

The honest answer is: not much. Aparri is quite small — Aparri East, at least, but I can’t really say how Aparri West looks like and what it has to offer because I haven’t been there yet. My husband says it’s like a different town altogether. 
So what can you do here? You can see the other end of the Cagayan river, which is the longest river in the Philippines. The other end of it is in Quirino.
Aparri is also quite near places in Cagayan that have tourist spots such as Sta. Ana and Gonzaga.

How to get to Aparri

If you’re keen on visiting the town, you can either go there via a plane or a bus. If you’re going to take a plane, book one that goes to Tuguegarao. From there, take a van to Aparri. If you’re more of a long-travel kind of person, take a bus in Sampaloc or Cubao. They go straight to Aparri.
As mentioned in my previous post, I’ll be off work the entire week so I have quite a lot of time in my hands. So here’s a quick vlog about our first two days of vacation.

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