About Santiago City
From a quiet little town, originally called Carig, Santiago City is developing into a fast-paced vibrant city. Located northeast of the Philippines in Isabela region, it is the first town to obtain cityhood in the Cagayan Valley. The Gaddangs and the Ibanags were its first residents before the Spanish invasion who changed the name to Pueblo of Santiago Apostol de Carig which was later shortened to Santiago. After 84 years being a municipality, Santiago was proclaimed as an independent city on 05 May 1994.
Santiago City is one of the three cities situated in Cagayan Valley. To reach the city, you’ll pass sprawling and diverse land features ranging from the plains to the mountains of Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya. Though the latter is generally mountainous. Passing thru these two provinces is the quicker access going to Isabela province. The other option is via Patapat Road which is a beautiful round trip along the western and northern coast which will take you about 3 days of travel.
In the picture is the famous Dalton Pass (or at least the view from it) located in Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya. This is the highest point in the region and it connects Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya. Once you pass this point coming from Manila then you know that the zigzag road going up and down is about to start. If you love nature then the fun is about to begin from this point forward as you drive through the mountainous area.