July 6, 2011
Numbering 124 islands at low tide – one less at high tide, this group of small islands can be spotted at the gulf of Lingayen in Alaminos, Pangasinan. Believed to be about two million years old, these ancient water-locked spectacles are one of the most astounding places in the archipelago. Three of the bigger islands – Governor, Quezon and Children’s island – have established facilities such as a guesthouse, bahay kubos, pavilions and other accommodations for tourist use. The rest lie in wait, unexplored and readily awaiting the discovery of those who want to get away from the bustling city life.
Jinggay Dinsay, Homemaker – Pangasinan
My grandfather was originally from Pangasinan. Although my mother was born in Manila, she and her family found themselves back in the province during the outbreak of World War II. They found their haven there in Calasiao until the end of the war.
Pangasinan is a place known for the best puto, cacao, tapa, bocayo, bagoong isda (monamon), bagoong hipon (alamang) among many others. When you get to visit this area, it is a must to partake of the famous puto that will really melt in your mouth, and is traditionally taken with thick cacao. We usually dip the puto in this thick concoction.
Apart from the Hundred Islands, Pangasinan has some amazing places to visit like the Lingayen Gulf. The first time I got to see the place, I was thunder-struck with its power and beauty. I am not a surfer but the gigantic waves I saw definitely make it look like a surfer’s paradise. It was hypnotic watching the rythmic roll of the water on the soft sands. Dagupan is also very popular and synonimous with the best tasting bangus you can find in the world that is from the Bonoan beach.
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