Tuguegarao City is a peninsula nestled in the verdant Cagayan Valley. It is protected by the Sierra Madres in the east, the Cordilleras in the west and by the far-off Caraballo Mountain in the south. It grew on the banks of the mighty Cagayan River and swift Pinacanauan River. Founded on May 9, 1604, the 4 century-old center is now the hub of socio-economic growth in Region 02 and the oldest major trade, education and government center in Northeast Luzon. Tuguegarao City is the capital of the Province of Cagayan and the Regional Center of the Cagayan Valley Region.