Some pilgrims go to Piat to pray for special favors like successfully passing board exams, getting cured from illnesses, successful travels, offering of thanksgiving mass and many others.
Due to the increasing number of pilgrims and tourists going to the Basilica, the Department of Tourism has been looking into more ways to improve the experience of visitors in the Ytawes district of the Province of Cagayan.
And so, the Cagayan State University at Piat Farm was opened to the public to visit for a minimal fee which includes tours around the farm with animal feeding and petting as well as vegetable pick and pay. An alfresco dining is also recommended after the exhilarating farm tour.
The Cagayan State University Agri-Animal Integrated Farm is now a DOT Accredited facility offering tours and meals, an initiative that has been fulfilled to fruition by Dr. Vicente Binasoy, the Campus Chief Executive Officer.
At about 4 o’clock in the afternoon, visitors can experience manual milking of the cows. The time for milking was a recommended practice by Ms. Cherry Lou Sampayan of the National Dairy Authority so as to humanely treat the cows and allow for a relaxing experience for them and the guests as well.
Not one to be upstaged, the Municipality of Piat through Mayor Carmelo “Black” Villacete opened its road towards Piat Park and local market on Sundays for motorists to pass through. Motorists did not just pass through but also dropped by for market shopping at the local market where barrio folks bring their local and organic produce like vegetables, shellfish and fruits to sell. (Word of advice, don’t bargain persistently with the village folks specially the poor, the children and the old folks.)
The tourism office at the Basilica complex and CSU Piat Campus are offering day tour packages for a minimal fee. Mr. Benedict Sto. Tomas, a DOT Accredited tour guide, Tourism Officer Designate and president of the Tour Guides Association of Cagayan undertakes the bulk of doing the promotions job.
About fifteen minutes from Piat is the town of Sto. Nino, a town named after its church patron. A beautiful church is being constructed all through the efforts of the local folks of Sto. Nino whose more famous name is Faire.
DOT Region 2 had the pleasure of witnessing the 1st Rio Chico Festival 2017 held along the banks of the Chico River last May 15 with various activities like carabao race, boat race, volleyball by the riverbank, community sharing of meals with Mayor Vicente Pagurayan and other local officials. Food was great. No, it was fantastic! And the people, greater!
People describe the town as a sleepy due to its remoteness and because of its rough roads. However, during the trips to Sto. Nino, the bounties of the town slowly revealed itself like a shy lass from the barrio. There is more to this town than meets the eye.
After the Sto. Nino visit, travelers can go to the Holy Guardian Angels Church of Tuao. It was a surprise seeing the Tuao Church with 400 figures of angels, aptly named the Holy Guardian Angels Parish. The church has a differently shaped bell tower, originally a six-storey brick building, only three of which was left after its renovation after it was destroyed during the war.
Beside the church is a room where the blessed sacrament is exposed. The holy sacrament was mounted on a retablo believed to be a remnant of the original church where the image of our lady of Piat was first enthroned in Tuao before it was transferred to Piat.
After the church visit in Tuao, motorists are invited to take the interior roads of the town and go to the Cassily Lake. Visitors will be happy to note that just by doing the Piat-Sto Nino-Tuao loop, they will be able to go through three towns in this part of the valley.
We believe in making our destinations visitor-ready, and so we always suggest that LGUs and other stakeholders with tourism potentials, undertake the Product Development Process. This workshop is being implemented by the Department of Tourism with our stakeholders on counterpart arrangements.
For the Fun Farm and Faith Tour in Piat, visitors may contact Benedict Sto. Tomas at 0916-897-3879 or email him at email@example.com. Or you may check with our favorite DOT Accredited Tour Operators in Region 2 from Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino who have been there during their exposure trip.#fnQ2PR-3Ilog/ftdomingofiles