MANACOTA CAVE AND UNDERGROUND RIVER, LUNA, APAYAO. Rizhelle Sanglay pauses to admire the natural beauty around her before heading inside Manacota Cave, in Luna, Apayao. Rizhelle, a young professional from Metro Manila with Ilocano lineage (her parents are from Ilocos Norte and La Union), chose to spend her vacation this October by exploring the natural wonders of Apayao, such as the cave pictured above and the Hutungan Hidden Paradise. Dubbed as “Cordillera’s last frontier for nature richness,” Apayao province has become more accessible to tourists with the significant improvement of its roads and bridges connecting to the neighboring Cagayan, Ilocos and Cordillera regions. (photo courtesy of Ms. Rizhelle Sanglay)