Cultural Attractions of Abra
Abra is not only a province with exceptionally natural beauty, but offers important cultural attractions as well. Particularly noteworthy to the visitor are the old churches St. James the Elder Cathedral in Bangued, the Santa Catalina de Alejandria Parish Church in Tayum (or "Tayum Church") and the San Lorenzo Ruiz Shrine in Bangued. The Tayum Church was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines in 2001. Abel loom weaving, the traditional art of weaving in Abra, is practiced in workshops in the municipality of La Paz. Visitors are welcome to visit the workshops and shops. The Gabriela Silang Gallery of Fine Arts in Tayum has a large collection of European, Oriental and Asian art comprising of paintings, ceramics, and many other objects. The viewing of the gallery is by appointment only.
Abra's inhabitants are mostly Ilocano and Tinguians. Occasionally there are exhibitions of objects testifying to the rich cultural and ethnic background of the different ethnic groups and tribes. Dance performances showcasing tribal dancing can be seen especially during the yearly town fiestas and the Abra Festival.
St. James the Elder Cathedral, Bangued
Santa Catalina de Alejandria Parish Church, Tayum
Gabriela Silang Gallery of Fine Arts, Tayum
San Lorenzo Ruiz Shrine, Bangued
Colorful Abel Loom Weaving Products, La Paz
Tinguian Dance Performance, Danglas
Musical instruments (gongs, flutes...), woven blankets, instruments bear witness to the rich cultural backgrounds of the different ethnic groups and tribes.