Tuesday, November 15, 2011

‘Pangasinan: Gateway to 4Ts’ – FVR

Pangasinan should be the gateway to tourism, teaching, technology and teamwork.”
This was said by former President Fidel V. Ramos during the book launch of 111111-111 FVR WOW last November 11 at the elegant Sison Auditorium here.
The former President commended the leadership of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. whom he monickered GATE as he further said that the provincial chief executive is the “gateway to progress and peace” for Pangasinan. “Be a part of the gateway leading to Number One. Kulang ang daang tuwid. Kailangan ng daang tama thru the gate,” he said.
Gov. Espino hailed Pres. Ramos for his latest endeavor even as he disclosed that the launching of the book, which is a collection of the latter’s timeless quotes  that summarizes the best practices in citizenship and governance, will definitely inspire every reader and leader of society to make the best in a lifetime.
The Governor also said that the book serves as a timely inspiration in the province’s quest to become Number One as the present administration enriches the history, culture and arts of Pangasinan.
The book is authored by Melandrew T. Velasco, a Pangasinese writer, who served as public relation officer both for President Ramos and Gov. Espino, during his years at the PNP when he was the provincial director.
Velasco said that both leaders share a lot of things in common. “They are both generous, both great taskmasters, both profession-oriented, and both dedicated sons to their fathers,” he cited.
The book launching was attended by the members of the Provincial Board headed by Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, Jr., some local government unit officials led by Mayor Noel Nacar, PNP spearheaded by Provincial Director Rosueto Ricaforte, representatives from different sectors and line agencies, student leaders, FVR classmates, provincial department heads and chiefs of hospitals, and Pangasinan First Lady Priscilla Espino.
Said affair coincides with the 111th birth anniversary of Ambassador Narciso Rueca Ramos, Pres. FVR’s father.
The book launch was highlighted with the unveiling of Ambassador Ramoses bust with side activities like book signing and press conference. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Balungao Hilltop Adventure – longest Zipline in Region 1

Do you want to experience the sport Zip Lining? Then come to the town of Balungao here in Pangasinan! The town offers Balungao Hilltop Adventure which has the longest Zip Line in Region 1. The Zip Line has a length 600 meters which could last from 15 seconds to a minute depending on your weight and your position when you are suspended at the Zip Line.

Balungao Hilltop Adventure also offers ATV Riding, Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Mountain Biking, Trail Walking, Trust Fall, Hot and Cold Swimming Pools and soon they well be opening its Bungee Trampoline.

So come and visit Balungao to experience the Balungao Hilltop Adventure.

Re-blog from; http://pangasinantourism.com/news/balungao-hilltop-adventure-longest-zipline-in-region-1

When Faith Calls: Our Lady of Manaoag, Pangasinan

When Faith Calls: Our Lady of Manaoag, Pangasinan

Filipinos are naturally god-fearing. Even as children, it has always been a custom to visit the church every Sunday or whenever possible. Our Lady of Manaoag church is a famous destination for thousands of catholic devotees not only in the Philippines but from all over the world as well. This Roman Catholic Pilgrimage site is situated approximately 200 kilometers north of Manila; located in the municipality of Manaoag, province of Pangasinan.

Filipinos considered Our Lady of Manaoag as the revered patroness of the sick, the helpless, and the needy. Countless tales of its healing powers were accounted since its foundation in 1610. Several stories of miraculous events were also reported including the Japanese bombing. During the World War II, the Japanese army dropped several bombs in the area. Some exploded while those that fell on the roof of the shrine inflicted no damage and failed to explode.

A 17th century Roman Catholic ivory statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding a rosary on the left hand and a child on the right. This was brought to the Philippines by Padre Juan de San Jacinto from Spain.

A staircase that rises to a second floor at the back of the altar was made for the devotees who desire to fervently touch even just the garment of the patron.

Similar to any other Catholic churches, devotees light candles when visiting this place. A personal prayer is said before lighting a candle offering. For those who do not have their own, a standard prayer hangs from the ceiling. Candles are lit either as a gesture of thanksgiving for granted favors and blessings, or as a way of lifting up prayer intentions either personal or for other people.

After praying and touching the garment of the patron, devotees usually pass through the souvenir shops outside. Different items can be bought for loved ones back home; from miniature patron replica, rosaries, prayer books, amulets and some native Pangasinan delicacies.

Reblog from http://blog.mangotours.com/2011/08/when-faith-calls-our-lady-of-manaoag.html

Pangasinan Attractions

Lingayen Beach, Pangasinan, Philippines

Lingayen Beach, located in the capital of Pangasinan Province, is a very relaxing place. With it's long shoreline, pristine waters and cool, fine gray sand, it is fast becoming a destination of Manila residents in search of recreation. The province itself has always been famous because this was the landing site of Gen. Douglas McArthur when he returned to the Philippines to liberate Luzon in 1945. Facilities like picnic sheds and bathhouses were put up by the government about 20 meters away from the shoreline.

El Puerto Marina

El Puerto Marina offers standard rooms with queen-sized bed, crisp linen sheets and tiled flooring. All the rooms are furnished, hot and cold shower with bathroom products. Each room is equipped with individual cooling systems, television and closet. Facilities like ATVs, swimming pool and jacuzzi are also available.

+(63)(075) 5425328
+(63)(075) 5422285
Manila Telephone:
+(63)(02) 8523404
+(63)(0920) 9506822

Lingayen Gulf and Resort

Lingayen Gulf and Resort offers comfortable rooms with TV and a sea view. The resort is located near the beach. Standard rooms can accommodate up to 3 persons. Suites have larger capacity for more guests. Its present incarnation under the stewardship of the Provincial Government has retained much of its old ambiance.

Telephone: +(63)(075) 5425871
Website: http://www.travel.pangasinan.com/Pla...0gulf/LGRH.htm
Email: tourism@pangasinan.com

Sabangan Beach, Pangasinan, Philippines

Sabangan Beach with it's Umbrella Rocks in Agno is just 28 km. away from Alaminos. It is called Umbrella Rocks because of the fern decorated boulders looking like umbrellas that dot the mouth of the Balingcaguing River. The beach is a good place for swimming, snorkeling and diving because of it's beautiful corals and diverse marine life.

The following are resorts located in the area:

Gloria's Cottages have spacious rooms in cottages on stilts in the sea.
Telephone +(63)(075) 5512673

The Last Resort offers standard and airconditioned rooms, a restaurant and boating facility.
Telephone +(63)(075) 5512440

Maxine By The Sea provides practically furnished rooms. Their beautiful roofed-over patio restaurant is right on the water.
Telephone +(63)(075) 5512537

Vista De Las Islas offers standard and airconditioned rooms with refrigerator. Also has it's own restaurant.
Telephone +(63)(075) 5512492

Punta Riviera Resort, Pangasinan, Philippines
Punta Riviera Resort is an upscale family beach resort located in a unique environmental setting at Ilog Malino, Bolinao, Pangasinan. It is less than an hours travel from Hundred Islands National Park, Alaminos, Pangasinan. The guests are treated for a swim in their magnificent infinity pool. The resort also accepts quality cuisine catering for tours, family reunions, weddings and business conventions for up to 300 persons.

+(63)(075) 6961350
+(63)(075) 6961274

Hundred Islands National Park, Pangasinan, Philippines
 It is the foremost tourist destination in the province of Pangasinan in northern Philippines. It is a five-hour drive north of Manila passing through Pampanga, Tarlac, and finally to Alaminos. The jump-off point is the town of Lucap. From the wharf, it is just a short 20-minute boat ride to the islands.With over a hundred little islets sprinkling a vast area of some 1,844 hectares of calm and clear blue waters. One can practically have an island all to oneself! But not all islands in the park are ideal for swimming and picnics. Only a few have white sandy beaches. Most are rock-solid but with lush green plants and vegetation, some trees, some even have caves!

Three of the most popular islands are the Quezon Island, Governor's Island and the Children's Island. Aside from the islands themselves, caves abound at the Hundred Islands. Today, up to ten caves have been identified and some were named based on some myths, legends and the stone formation. One would be enthralled at the giant clams locally called "taklobo" which is being considered to be the biggest bivalve mollusks in the world. The waters of the Hundred Islands is home to coral reefs which shelter, feed and protect sea creatures in the park. They also aid the islets in protecting the city's coast from the impact of waves.

The Hundred Islands Resort Hotel in Barangay Lucap, City of Alaminos, is servicing visitors to the Hundred Island, it is a Dept. of Tourism accredited hotel in the area. Offers 20 deluxe and standard rooms with TV and airconditioning, with round-the-clock hot and cold water service.

+(63)(075) 5515753
+(63)(075) 5515754

Cape Bolinao Beach, Pangasinan, Philippines

The white beach in Barangay Patar has a fresh water source nearby believed to be an outlet of an underground river. Here, the surf is wilder as it hits the boulders along the shore. The landmark is the old lighthouse that stands on a hill. The tourism infrastructure is not well developed but the locals are very helpful to tourists. As many of its inhabitants are fishermen, Bolinao is also a paradise for seafood gourmets.

Update (12-01-07):
Bolinao is a little town north-west of Lucap, which hasn't been overrun by tourists yet, at the far north end of the province of Pangasinan.

Dutch Beach Resort in Patar offers pleasantly furnished small cottages with refrigerators, situated in a garden directly on the beach. A restaurant is also available.

Cellphone: +(63)(0920) 7869037

Puerto del Sol Beach Hotel is located about 10 km west of Bolinao, on the way to Patar. They have an attractive, two-storey building with comfortable rooms, all with refrigerators and TVs. Other amenities include a restaurant, swimming pool and a jacuzzi.

+(63)(0918) 5192147
+(63)(0920) 9507105
+(63)(0920) 9527475
Bolinao Telephone:
+(63)(075) 6960530
Manila Telephone:
+(63)(02) 6378963
+(63)(02) 6352547
+(63)(02) 6315103

Villa Carolina Beach Resort offers bungalows, duplex rooms, cabanas, and thatched huts. Amenities include a billiard table, mini garden, barbeque area and a "Venetian" inspired swimming pool that has cascading waterfalls and a connecting Jacuzzi on the other side.

+(63)(0921) 6983340
+(63)(0921) 3362827

Tambobong Beach, Pangasinan, Philippines

Located in the municipality of Dasol, province of Pangasinan. The 18 kms distance from the town proper will take about 45 minutes to an hour of rough yet scenic drive. A white sand beach with water that teems with marine life. A favorite site of anglers and scuba divers.

Feature: Dagupan’s river cruise getting wide attention

by Danny O Sagun

DAGUPAN CITY, July 1 (PIA) -- This city’s extensive river systems crisscrossing the landscape are now being developed to lure visitors and tourists and thus become a potential rich revenue source.

The River Cruise, launched during the month-long Bangus festival in April, is a wondrous romantic journey along the serene Dawel-watak river featuring lush mangroves, migratory birds, long winding river with clear waters.

Since its launch more than two months ago, Dagupenos and their neighbors and even people from far places have the opportunity to enjoy a free ride which averages about 45 minutes to one hour.

The Dawel-Watak river system, a favorite place for migratory birds because of the lush mangroves on both sides, is bigger and longer than the Loboc river in Bohol, said Mayor Benjamin S. Lim, who, as a successful businessman, has been looking for ways for the city to excel more aside from being a trading, educational and health center in the North.

The river cruise utilizes floating “nipa huts” built on a platform attached to two parallel bancas. A motorboat with a four-horsepower engine and attached to the back part steers the floating hut.

Busy ferrying riders are two huts which can accommodate up to 25 persons and a bigger one that can hold up to 40 people.

Now that that a public docking area was already built along the national road below the Dawel bridge, it is now easier for people to access the area. Before, the privately-owned San Marino dock was temporarily utilized.

The docking area was inaugurated on Friday afternoon.

Riders could not hold their excitement as they make their trip. “Oh! beautiful, what a sight,” is always overheard from them.

Tourism Regional Director Martin Valera joined the initial cruise with Mayor Lim playing host.

The Bangus Festival which itself has been drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors yearly. The festival, which usually opens on the first week of April and ends on May 1, has been made part of the traditional Pistay Dayat (Sea festival).

The mayor said the city’s inner rivers of Dawel and Watak are much greener and more serene than the one in Loboc which has successfully projected its River Cruise project.

He, however, stressed that the most important thing is for the city to be able to create job opportunities for the people.

“The boats are made here in our city so makakapagbigay tayo ng trabaho sa mga boat makers. Then we will hire cooks, waiters, and a person who will steer the boat. At the same time, we will be more conscious in making our rivers cleaner this time kasi ito na ngayun ang minamarket natin,” he said.

Valera expressed confidenced the project will become a hit with the marketing capability of the mayor. (ANL/DOS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Tourists flock to Hundred Islands even during rainy days

Tourists flock to Hundred Islands even during rainy days

-- Tourists continue to flock to the Hundred Islands in droves notwithstanding the rainy season.

This was disclosed by Alaminos City Administrator Wilmer Panabang who estimated the daily arrival in the province's number tourist spot to 200 and more than 1,000 during weekends.

In fact, he said, the number of tourist arrivals in the Hundred Islands improved this year as compared to last year and in 2008 and 2009 which were marked by down trend in tourism due to the effects on the industry wrought by Tyhoons "Ondoy" and "Pepeng".

Thus, even during the rainy season, tourists--mostly domestic, are arriving in droves, he added.

The number of foreign tourists arriving has not increased though but there was no downtrend in their number too. Most of the foreign tourists are Koreans and Japanese and a few Americans and Europeans.

Panabang said that more tourists will come to the Hundred Islands if they can cut their travel time in going to Alaminos from Manila which is five hours to only 40 minutes by means of air travel.

This can only be realized, he said, if the Pangasinan Airport, which is now undergoing construction, will soon be completed.

The project, initiated by Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza, has the backing of President Benigno S. Aquino III and Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas.

To date, land acquisition and earth movement are now ongoing at the proposed Pangasinan Airport using initial P200 million released by DOTC.

Panabang said of the amount, P50 million formed the first trance and the second trance amounted to P150 million. All these were used to acquire 80 hectares of land that will form part of the airport's runway of 150 hectares.

"Hopefully, the third trance of another P60 million will be released in the next few weeks, good for another 60 hectares of land to be acquired," Panabang said.

If completed, the Pangasinan airport will first serve domestic tourists and later expanded to an international airport. With a 150-hectare runway, excluding its access roads, the Pangasinan Airport will be bigger than the Laoag International Airport which is only 70 hectares.

He said a foreign investor is also keen on building an 18-hole golf course in Alaminos to complement the airport project.