Welcome to Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park
The Northern Sierra Madre takes up a whopping 3600 sq km (almost the same size as Switzerland) and incorporates the longest mountain range in the Philippines. It's a hugely exciting area for naturalists, since more than 60% of the country’s plant species are found here, as well as 29 threatened species of animal, including the critically endangered Philippine eagle, the country’s national bird.
The park is mostly uninhabited, with the exception of the unspoiled coastline that is home to the Dumagats, a semi-nomadic Negrito group whose lifestyle has been relatively unchanged for millennia. This region was also a refuge for the last rebels during the Philippine Revolution, who took refuge in the coastal town of Palanan in 1901.