In 1992 when I first stepped in the rich agricultural soil in this capital town to secure my NBI clearance as a requirement for my first job in Cauayan, Ilagan was not like this. 24 years later, Ilagan now a city is an ideal city of Luzon, booming with agricultural economy and tourism potentials. Here, you can find the world’s largest butaka (lounge chair), the Santa Victoria Caves and Pinzal Falls (now City of Ilagan Sanctuary) and the famous delicacy, Binallay (sticky rice); now with Japanese Tunnel as its latest attraction.
Ilagan is also a hub of mushrooming malls – Robinsons, Northstar Mall, Xentro Mall, and now the City of Ilagan Mall (in photos). This week, the City Division of Ilagan is host to the Cagayan Valley Regional Athletic Meet (CAVRAA). Topping all these, Ilagan is dubbed as the CORN CAPITAL OF THE PHILIPPINES. I have no regrets to have finally settled here in the city of Ilagan, my home so close from home.