Cagayancillo: A hidden paradise

I have been into different places, but my experience with Cagayancillo, one of the farthest island municipalities in the  Province of Palawan is far different. The travel is indeed a nerve-wracking. Oh, the big big waves  flavor more the adventure. By the way it’s a 6-hour trip from Anini-y, Antique by boat, if the weather is favorable but if not prepare to be devastated. #JK.

Just typical waves.
Just typical waves.
The happy passengers.
The happy passengers.

 

Upon reaching the place, the locals known as Cagayanen, and is considered as an Indigenous People (IP) are very hospitable and nice. The community shows the simplicity of the Cagayanens lifestyle.

The simple yet proud Municipal Hall of Cagayancillo, Palawan
The simple yet proud Municipal Hall of Cagayancillo, Palawan
The daily living of  most Cagayanens owe their survival to the gift of the sea and the fruit of the land.
The daily living of most Cagayanens owe their survival to the gift of the sea and the fruit of the land.

 

Apart from the serenity of the place, Cagayancillo is abundant with the wonders of nature. The marine life  is just a piece of the amazing features of the town.

Big big fish.
Big big fish.

 

Luckily, I have spotted the farthest island  sitio of Cagayancillo, Cawili. Again, Cawili is a 6-hour travel from the town proper thru a boat. Still I am not used to big waves and long sun exposure.

The tranquility of the sea shore in Sitio Cawili is indeed relaxing.
The tranquility of the sea shore in Sitio Cawili is indeed relaxing.
The clean  shore of Sitio Cawili, Cagayancillo, Palawan.
The clean shore of Sitio Cawili, Cagayancillo, Palawan.

 

Aside from the perfect view of the sitio, it is also gifted with local birds called ‘Ku-ok’.

More birds, locally called as Ku-ok can be seen in Sitio Cawili.
More and more birds soaring can be seen in Sitio Cawili.
These birds nested in the wild trees.
These birds nested in the wild trees.

Cagayanens Food

The Cagayanens love to cook and eat. So here are their best delicacies I have tasted.

Kinapayas, a local food delicacy: from a papaya cooked into semi-Adobo. Hmp, the taste is very distinctive but if you are really looking for peculiar taste, then you must try this.
Kinapayas, a local food delicacy: from a papaya cooked into semi-Adobo. Hmp, the taste is very distinctive but if you are really looking for peculiar taste, then you must try this.
Whoah. This fish looks very big and delicious. Slurrp.
Whoah. This fish looks very big and delicious. Slurrp.
I forget the name of this, but this is like an octopus cooked in Adobo.
I forget the name of this, but this is like an octopus cooked in Adobo.
The yummy Coconut crab.
The yummy Coconut crab.

Strong Faith

Cagayancillo is rich of Catholic faith history and the town’s Church stood evidently.

These  shells  serve as a decoartion and was made since 1800's when the
The shells  in the Church ceiling are preserved. The said shells  were used as designs when the church was built in 1800’s.
The newly renovated Cagayancillo church.
The newly renovated Cagayancillo church.

The 5-day stay in Cagayancillo is remarkable. Well, the long sun exposure totally burnt my skin but definitely the experiences were all at its best. If I have that chance, for sure “I shall return”. I know Cagayanens adhere to this: Melled Kaw or Welcome. And they will be happy to accommodate me once again. ###

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12 thoughts on “Cagayancillo: A hidden paradise”

  1. I am planning to go to Cagayancillo. What day do the boats leave Anini-y? Do you still have contacts in Cagayancillo?

      1. hi sir im planning to go to CG this next few weeks and i wanted to know where specifically in anini y do i need to go check sched boat trips/ in 30 mins away from anini y, can u pls send me details thru my email add gemmari7@yahoo.com and i wanted to know if theres a place to stay like room for rent etc , thanks,

      2. sir can u send me email for your contacts in cagayanclillo. im planning to visit sm1 there in the next few weeks and the details on how to get there, via anini y

        gemmari7@yahoo.com

  2. hi! im thinking of going to cagayancillo.. can i ask ur itenirary? where in aniniy ung boat na pwdeng masakyan? ano po ung sched ng boat? thank u!

  3. Very informative…..thanks a lot…
    How I wish I could also travel to Cagayancillo…if only my health would allow…
    but your photos and stories somehow made me feel as if I’ve been there..

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