upon ascending the highway to the mountains on our way to Nueva Vizcaya, we were welcomed with fog making the road blurry. it was drizzling yet we were so determined to see the markers that commemorates the bloody past.we met Lawstude around 4:11am at the bus terminal in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija. i was with Orlan coming from a trip from Manila. had our breakfast and met tay Pey, who will be driving us around some sites in Nueva Ecija (which i'll post soon) and up to Nueva Vizcaya.we were traveling on a highway with blind curves going up to the municipality of Sta Fe. as we reached the heights, fogs dominated our view. good that we have with us tay Pey who has been taking this route for several times already.we reached Sta. Fe, which is the gateway to Cagayan valley. first to see was the welcome arc and the region 2 tower. on a hill on top of it, rises the monument that symbolizes the bloody battle that happened during the second world war on that site. the Dalton Pass.before it was known as Balete Pass but it was then changed to Dalton Pass in honor of the US general James Dalton II who was shot dead during the battle against the Japanese soldiers in 1945.thousands of Filipino, American and Japanese soldiers died in this site during the war. stone markers stood there as a tribute to the soldiers who died in the battle and another marker represents as a symbol of peace after the war.since it was windy and foggy at the same time, it was a little challenging to continue going up. but with really adventurous companions, we all went up and enjoyed taking photos from the top.the view site has small cottages where you can bring food and spend time to enjoy the view. you can also see the historical markers from the top. on our way down, we met the caretaker and asked how often is this place foggy. he said that from October to February, it would be very rare for them to see the sun. this mountainous site connected to the highlands of Cordillera and a part of the Sierra Madre. we had this great chance to enjoy the cold weather, the fog and a historical site that's worth visiting.these will be a series of tandem post with my blogger and travel bud Lawstude. see here for his post on Dalton Pass.
[what you shouldn't miss there]>>> the view site and the historical markers.
[why i should go back] >>> to simply enjoy the roadtrip and the view.
road quality: 4.0
mountain view: 4.0
historical background: 4.0
historical site: 3.5
rates 1.0 to 5.0 (5.0 as the highest)