Cagayan Valley lures tourists with dragon fruit wine, carabao chicharon
A showroom featuring food products and ingredients from Cagayan Valley is luring foodies and tourists alike to visit the region known for adventure tourism.
Corn grits, dragon fruit wine, coconut vinegar, carabao chicharon, ‘lubeg’ vinegar, and organic turmeric tea are only some of the region’s products and ingredients found in the Department of Tourism (DOT) showroom in Makati City until April 28.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said such showcases make people realize that Cagayan Valley exudes potential, owing to the region’s fertile agricultural and marine resources.
“It offers diverse tourist adventure in farm and eco-tourism,” Teo said, noting a rise in tourist arrivals according to official DOT figures.
Regional tourism office director, Virgilio Maguigad, said Cagayan Valley’s five provinces –- Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, and Quirino — have seen a consistent increase in tourist arrivals.
“Cagayan Valley is so vast it offers a multitude of adventure activities to visitors,” Maguigad said.
Figures showed that the region welcomed 2.62 million visitors in 2016, a 22.4 percent increase from 2015. (PNA)