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The great Cagayan Valley of northeastern Luzon is inhabited, mainly by the Ibanag, Itawes, and Ilocos ethnolinguistic groups along with various tribal communities. The capital of Cagayan, Tuguegarao City is home to the centuries-old Cathedral of St. Peter and is a good starting point to Callao Caves National Park in Peñablanca. A cave system of nearly 100 chambers (one of which includes a chapel) can be found along the spectacular limestone cliffs of the Pinacanauan River, which some have compared to African safari landscapes. Piat is the home of the Basilica of Our Lady of Piat, Cagayan’s most popular pilgrimage site. Up north is Iguig’s Calvary Hill and Camalaniugan’s Santa Maria Bell, the oldest bell in the Philippines. In Lal-lo is the unique Magapit Suspension Bridge. The town was also once the seat of the powerful Catholic diocese of Nueva Segovia during the 18th century. On the northernmost coast is San Vicente, the Gamefishing Capital of the Philippines. Offshore are the sparsely populated Babuyan Islands, the most famous of which is Palaui Island, which has an annual high-end gamefishing competitions.

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