It’s a well-known fact that Abra is located in Northern Luzon in the Cordillera Administrative Region, landlocked between Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Kalinga, and the Mountain Province. However, for many Filipinos, all their knowledge regarding this province stops at this basic fact. Suffice to say, not many Filipinos know the wonders that Abra keeps within its borders.
However, that shouldn’t be the case: Abra holds some of the beautiful cultural and natural treasures the Philippines has ever known. In fact, many of these riches are more than enough for you to come and visit, and experience it for yourself!
Abra is home to the loom-weaving community that creates the beautifully complex Abel fabrics. The unique traditional fabrics may be made using an age-old craft, but their designs remain relevant and increasingly in demand in today’s fashion industry.
Obra Ng Abra
A unique fashion show that showcases the talents of Abra craftsmen and fashion designers, including internationally-renowned names such as Joey Samson, Ivarluski Aseron, Dennis Lustico, and James Reyes, all highly-sought names in the fashion industry.
Iloko Tinguian Festival
Just like every other fun province, Abra has its own unique festival! The festival, held during the first week of March, aims to celebrate the diverse culture of Abra, with primary focus on its own indigenous people, the Tingguians, and how they bring so much richness to Abra's already-diverse landscape.
Don Mariano Marcos Bridge
Don Mariano Marcos Bridge, located along the Abra Kalinga National Road, is the third longest bridge in the country, with a total length of 886.812 linear meters.
Abra River is one of the largest river systems in the Philippines, and the huts along the river make for great picnic spots, and it’s one of Abra’s popular summer destinations in the absence of its own beach.
The local government of Abra has recently been more liberal, opening its doors wider for both local and international tourists, stating that: “Abra may not be the first destination that comes to mind when one thinks of exploring the Northern region of the Philippines, but thankfully, more tourists are unraveling the air of mystery surrounding this underrated gem of a province up North.
Abra is opening its doors to more and more visitors who are eager to experience its colorful festivals, historic attractions, and natural wonders, as well as get hold of the beautiful Abel fabrics.” Frankly, we wholeheartedly agree with this, and definitely excited to see its beauty for ourselves!
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