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Abra Tangadan Tunnel - Vacation Ideas Give You All The Fun Without The Work

Abra (Ilokano: Probinsia ti Abra; Tagalog: Lalawigan ng Abra) is a landlocked province of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. Its capital is Bangued, and is bordered by Ilocos Norte on the northwest, Apayao on the northeast, Kalinga on the mid-east, Mountain Province on the southeast, and Ilocos Sur on the southwest.

Abra for a long time had been a blank spot on the Philippine tourism map. It is often skipped due to news of killings and partly because of its location in North Luzon. It is sandwiched between two very popular tourist destinations - Ilocos in the west and the Cordilleras in the east. But now Abra is becoming one of the best tourist destinations with huge arrays to choose from, old churches, long bridges, mountain ranges, magnificent waterfalls, food and a lot more.

Located in Brgy. Tangadan, San Quintin, the TANGADAN TUNNEL, a 40 meter tunnel, was built in 1934 and took two years to complete. The Allied forces tried to destroy the tunnel twice to impede the advancing Japanese soldiers during World War II but it did not collapse.

The TANGADAN TUNNEL, also known as “usukan” the tunnel, is more than just a welcome tunnel. It is a symbol of the Abrenian's hardiness and defiance against odds.

The construction of the tunnel started in 1934, an imperative need to divert the old road which was very steep and difficult to negotiate. More than fifty workers labored for two years, hammering, drilling, and blasting their way through solid rocks. The resulting structure was a crude one. The walls were not reinforced so that loose rocks fell when rains came. It was only in 1961 that restoration works started, a feat accomplished through the efforts of former congressman Lucas Paredes who worked for the appropriation of over P200,000.00 for the tunnel's reconstruction and improvement.

If you're going to Abra, never miss to take a picture at Tangadan Tunnel!

Here are some pictures of The TANGADAN TUNNEL:

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