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The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority through its Community Affairs and Development Division (CADD) is continuously extending its technical support to communities of Santa Ana particularly in organizing potential groups/associations that could provide quality services to tourists and promote and protect destination in Santa Ana such as in Sitio Pananacpan at barangay Patunungan, Santa Ana, Cagayan.

The eastern part of the town along the Pacific Ocean lies barangay Patunungan. Twenty-five kilometers from the town proper, it is the remotest barangay and can be reached by land and by boat along the Pacific Coast.

Pananacpan has the biggest land area among the 16 barangays in Santa Ana. It is composed of seven sitios, namely; Patunungan Proper, Pasmacanan, Barabi, Mipodor, Pananacpan, Sinago and Apolagan.

The place is now known as Patunungan used to be the last hunting haven of the Aetas. Settlements started in the early 1950’s with the initiative of people from the barrios of this town and from Buguey. The first known settlers were Diego Alog who moved out from Sta. Cruz and the Mirandas of Dungeg.

It is believed that the Aetas first saw two living things swimming in the river – a duck and a carabao. Patu and nuang, eventually became PATUNUNGAN.

PANANACPAN is one of the promising Sitios of Barangay Patunungan because of its attractive and natural location. It is situated at the southeastern portion of the municipality facing the Pacific Ocean and Banham Rise. It is approximately 31km at 45 minutes travel by land from Palawig Junction and more or less 2 hours by boat from port San Vicente.

To some, the word Pananacpan was derived from iloco word “PANA” (spear/bow and arrow) a local made device created by the natives “Agtas” for spearfishing and hunting wild animals.

Cagayan Economic Zone Authority and the Local Government Unit of Santa Ana collaborated in the development of tourism industry at the site. They organized and empowered the communities to be the sole operators of the industry implementing protocols and laws to maintain and protect the place from the influx of tourists.

Identified activities to be offered are swimming, kayaking, ATV, boating, fishing, trekking, rock formations hopping, camping, and picnicking. All tourists are advised to be responsible at all times especially following rules and regulations set by the organization and the tourism inter-agency technical working group.


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