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Several locations in the Cordillera and Ilocos are still closed: DOT

Several tourist destinations in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and the Ilocos Region are still closed, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT), because of the damage from Wednesday’s magnitude 7 earthquake.

In contrast, Baguio City, Kabayan town in Benguet, and the Mt. Pulag Protected Landscape (MPPL) are open to tourists, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).

However, hikers heading to MPPL are cautioned that Akiki Trail is currently being evaluated after the earthquake.

Due to the potential for aftershocks and rain showers, travelers heading to Kabayan are also recommended to exercise caution when driving on the route.

Following the Wednesday-imposed suspension of tourism-related operations, tourist destinations in Sagada, Mountain Province—with the exception of Cave Connection, Sumaguing, Balangagan, and Pongas Falls—reopened to guests on July 28.

The Bantay Bell Tower, Bantay Church/Saint Augustine of Hippo Parish Church, Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Seora de Caridad de Bantay, Sta. Maria Church, St. Paul Cathedral, Heritage Village, Calle Crisologo, Ilocos Sur Regional Complex National Museum, Syquia Mansion, and all other tourist attractions in Vigan City are among the tourist sites in Region 1 that have been ordered closed to visitors.

On the other side, despite reported damage, all tourist attractions in Ilocos Norte have reopened, including the following:

  • Sarrat’s St. Monica Church (fallen bricks at the altar)
  • Old Convent Bacarra (fallen bricks)
  • St. John the Baptist Church and Virgen Milagrosa Church in Badoc (fallen bricks on the side of the church)
  • Immaculate Conception Church in Batac (with fallen debris outside)

Only Antong Falls in Sison, Pangasinan, are closed as a result of landslides.

According to the DOT, which relied on data from its regional office, Tangadan Falls in San Gabriel and the Great Wall of Santol/Bilagan Road in La Union are both momentarily closed.

The DOT advised all tourists who had travel plans to the impacted areas to use extreme caution as local engineering offices continued their examination and inspection of tourism sites.

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