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Balete Pass (Dalton Pass)

Dalton Pass is named after a General of the US Army who led combined Philippine and American troops pursuing a retreating Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita during the campaign for the liberation of the Philippines in World War II. It is part of the Pan-Philippine Highway and the Asian Highway network (AH-26). The section is also part of what is known as the Cagayan Valley road, which is the main highway access for the eastern part of northern Luzon. The northern part of Luzon Island is divided by the Cordillera mountain range with the Ilocos region in the west and Cagayan Valley in the east.

Following are photos taken a few years back during a trip to the city of Tuguegarao, Cagayan. I chose to go via land and using the Pan Philippine Highway out of curiosity about the towns and provinces along the way. The trip, after all, allowed me to go through the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela and Cagayan. At the time, it took us around 11 hours to travel to Tuguegarao where I promoted the graduate programs of the UP College of Engineering. This included two stopovers for late breakfast and late lunch.

National Historical Institute marker placed in 2005 relating (in Filipino) the events in the latter part of World War II during the pursuit of retreating Japanese forces from February to May 1945.

Balete Pass is located in the town of Bayombong in Nueva Vizcaya province. This market is for the viewdeck completed in 2000.

Stone marker with inscriptions in Japanese commemorating those who fell in the battles at Balete Pass.

Another marker in Japanese

Shrine dedicated to those who fell in the battles during World War II

Reverse curve section along Dalton Pass – being a major corridor means there’s a lot of truck traffic including tankers using the highway

Trailer tanker heading north along Balete Pass. The photo shows the foot of the hill where the view deck is located. The access road to the view deck is shown on the lower right. There are stores on the left that cater to tourists and other travelers.

Another marker is located near the foot of the view deck. There were no other visitors except us so we were able to park easily. From where we parked, one had to walk along the stairs to the view deck.

The view deck allowed for great views of the surrounding areas and like the one along Kennon Road in Baguio, one could see all around for kilometers away. This is a photo of a landslide/rockslide prone section where a concrete roof was built over the section to protect motorists and preserve the road.