Known as: An Eco-Adventure Paradise Known for: The island province of Catanduanes was among the 42 provinces in the country included in the list of %uFFFDPeaceful and Ready for Development%uFFFD in 2014. Top Landmarks and Tourist Spots: Luyang Cave Park In the 18th century, a village called Binanwahan existed in the northeastern part of the present and now Barangay Lictin. Inhabitants and settlers of the village were Christians, who during those days were attacked and pillaged by non-Christians or %uFFFDMoros%uFFFD. The ever vigilant inhabitants have assigned lookouts near the shores of the now Barangay Palawig to forewarn the residents of the imminent danger of the invading enemies by tolling a big bell and building a smoke. When the Moros arrived one day, they were surprised to discover that the village was empty of inhabitants. They however hid and waited patiently for the villagers to come back. Soon a woman was seen coming to shore to catch fish. The Moros wittingly followed her coming back to the hiding place where a rock opening of cave was discovered by them. Tourism Assets: zero crime rate, resilient, will go out of their way to help, accommodating, worry-free Brief History: The Province of Isabela was only created on May 1, 1856, thru a royal decree to facilitate the work of the missionaries in the evangelization of the Valley. Prior to this, the Region comprised only of Cagayan and Nueva Vizcaya. Isabela's first towns were Gamu, Angadanan and Gamarang (now Echague), Carig (now Santiago City) and Palanan. Santiago City, the commercial center of Region 2 has been declared an independent-component city thru a plebiscite last July 3, 1994, under RA 7720. Brief Description: Catanduanes lies in the easternmost part of the Bicol peninsula, separated from the mainland Bicol by the Maqueda Channel and the Lagonoy Gulf. It is the first land mass of the Philippine archipelago that meets the Pacific Ocean, making it highly prone to the path of tropical cyclones; hence the appellation, %uFFFDThe Land of the Howling Winds.%uFFFD The best time of the year to visit Catanduanes is from the months of March to August when the weather is dry. It is in its coolest and rainiest from October to the early part of January, and in its hottest from the months of March to May. The province is composed of the Catanduanes Island (also called Virac Island), the Panay Island, Palumbanes group of Islands (Porongpong, Tignob, and Calabagio) and a few other minor surrounding islets and rocks.