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Ilagan is the capital city of Isabela. It is one of the largest cities in the Philippines, but it has a small town feel, and has a vibrant tourism scene. It is along the main highway to Tuguegarao.


With a land area of about 117 ha (290 acres), Ilagan is the fourth largest city in the Philippines by land area. It is also the most populous city in Isabela, with a population of about 158,000 (2020).

The city basically has two central areas, Baligatan and the old city proper (poblacion). Baligatan is along the highway to Tuguegarao, and has the provincial government center, the main public market, and the park which houses the giant armchair. The old downtown is far northeast, nestled at the convergence of the Cagayan and Ilagan rivers.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

There are many buses that ply the highway to Tuguegarao.

  • Victory Liner (Terminal near the Coca-Cola plant). 4 buses and 2 return trips daily. Buses depart from Sampaloc, Manila at 2:30PM, 4PM, 6:30PM, and 7:45PM, and arrive at Ilagan at 12:57 midnight, 2:27AM, 4:57AM, and 6:12AM. Return trips depart at 4PM and 6:30PM. About ₱790, not including food stop at Solano.
  • G.V. Florida Transport, Paguirigan Avenue, Poblacion. One departure daily from Sampaloc, Manila

For buses that do not terminate at Ilagan, the stopover is at Bonifacio Park, along the highway at barangay Baligatan.

By plane[edit]

The nearest airports are in Tuguegarao (TUG IATA) and Cauayan (CYZ IATA); both being served by Cebu Pacific with one flight daily. From either airport, you can transfer to a bus headed for Ilagan.

By car[edit]

Ilagan is 395 km (245 mi) from Manila, and 67 km (42 mi) from Tuguegarao. The main highway is Cagayan Valley Road (Route 1/AH26), which bypasses the city proper, but passes through the main commercial district at Baligatan.

Get around[edit]

Tricycles are available at most parts of the city.


  • 1 Bonifacio Park, Maharlika Hwy, Baligatan, +63 917 441 2975. Open 24 hours. Houses a statue of Andres Bonifacio. It is also a common site for demonstrations held in Ilagan. Free.
  • 2 Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Ilagan plant, Calamagui-Ilagan Road (Near the Victory Liner terminal). 8AM-5PM. There are guided tours where visitors can see the mechanized process of how Coca-Cola are produced.
  • 3 Giant rocking chair (Butaka), Maharlika Hwy (in Bonifacio Park). Open 24 hours. This, the largest in the world, is constructed within 29 days with a cost of ₱175,000. Free.
  • 4 Ilagan Japanese Tunnel, Brangay Santo Tomas. 8AM–7PM. 40 m (130 ft) tunnel, once used as a Japanese army headquarters. Ilagan Japanese Tunnel (Q55614313) on Wikidata Ilagan Japanese Tunnel on Wikipedia
  • 5 Saint Ferdinand Parish Church, Santa Ana St, Poblacion (beside St. Ferdinand College), +63 78 624-2467. The oldest church in Isabela, it also houses the oldest bells in the province.
  • 6 Queen Isabela Park, Pan-Philippine Highway. Open 24 hours. Free.
  • 7 Isabela Provincial Capitol, Pan-Philippine Highway. 8AM–5PM.
  • 8 Ilagan City Welcome Monument, Pan-Philippine Highway. Open 24 hours. Free.


  • 1 Ilagan Sanctuary (Fuyot Springs National Park). 819 ha (2,020 acres) national park. Activities include hiking, mountaineering, spelunking and birdwatching. Fuyot Springs National Park (Q1555450) on Wikidata Fuyot Springs National Park on Wikipedia
  • 2 Ilagan Sports Complex, Paguirigan Memorial Park, Rizal Street. A large modern sports center opened 2015 to replace the older Paguirigan Memorial Sports Complex. It has badminton, basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, an 8-lane swimming pool, and an IAAF-certified track and field. Ilagan Sports Complex (Q28129024) on Wikidata Ilagan Sports Complex on Wikipedia


  • Aggaw na Ilagan. May 4. Celebrates the city's founding as a town.


  • 1 Ilagan Public Market, Pan-Philippine Highway. 6AM-6PM. There are some carinderias outside. Meat section may smell like cigarette smoke due to many vendors openly smoking.
  • 2 Northstar Mall (Xentro Mall-Ilagan City2), Cagayan Valley Rd, Alibagu. 9AM-8PM. Two-story mall with a cinema, a Savemore supermarket, a McDonald's, and a hotel (see #Sleep. While air-conditioned, it may feel hot though inside.
  • 3 Central Market Ilagan (Xentro Mall-Ilagan City1), Rizal Street. 9AM–7PM. Shopping mall.
  • 4 Robinsons Supermarket Ilagan, Ilagan-Delfin Albano-Mallig Road (in Talavera Square Mall). 8AM–8PM. Robinsons Supermarket on Wikipedia


  • 1 Superior Restaurant, Rizal Street, Poblacion (below a three-story building). 7AM-8PM. One of the best Pansit Guisado in the City of Ilagan, Isabela. Superior Restaurant serves also delicious Pinoy recipes like Igado, Pork Adobo, Adobong Pusit, Lechon Kawali and more.
  • 2 Tita Ludy's Garden Cafe, Calamagui-Isabela Road. 6AM-9PM. Food served in a garden atmosphere.
  • 3 Street Tastes Ph, Paguirigan Street. Filipino restaurant.
  • 4 Mike's Lechon, Pan-Philippine Highway. Filipino food eatery in a Nipa hut.
  • 5 Macie's Kitchen, Ilagan-Delfin Albano-Mallig Road, +63 967 775 1636. 7AM–8PM. Filipino restaurant.
  • 6 Classic Burger, Pan-Philippine Highway. 8AM–8:30PM. American foods.



  • 1 Dreamwave Hotel-Ilagan city, Pan-Philippine Highway (at Northstar Mall). A/C rooms, free parking, WiFi, laundry, breakfast and gym. From ₱1,600.
  • 2 Ilagan City Hotel & Convention Center, B4 L18 Cityhomes Subdivision, Cagayan Valley Road, Alibagu, +63 78 262-0456. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. City-owned. AC rooms. Free laundry. No free meals.
  • 3 Hotel Mills and Rain, Pan-Philippine Highway. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.
  • 4 Meaco Royal Hotel- ILagan City, Gangan Avenue. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.
  • 5 The Blanket Hotel And Restaurant - Ilagan City, Taft corner Rizal Street. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.

Stay healthy[edit]


  • 2 BM Surface Internet Cafe, Rizal Street, Poblacion. 8:30AM-10:30PM.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Ilagan
TuguegaraoTumauini  N  S  CauayanSantiago City

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