Another Tourist Spot

Townsfolk say that the number of islands in the Pinoy tourist spot ‘Hundred Islands’ are 123. I had neither chance nor patience to count but when I reached the view deck of Governor’s Island, the experience was breathtaking. The awesome tourist attraction in Alaminos, Pangasinan is surely one place a Filipino should visit. This was my second time to visit Pangasinan, the first was in Bolinao. Known for mouth-watering sea foods, one restaurant made my family come back three times during our three-day visit – the grill located at the Hundred Islands Park wharf. Their sets of dishes ranging from fried local cuisine to grilled fishes were all sumptuous. The Hundred Islands are absolutely real-life wonders. I compare them to Bohol’s Chocolate Hills, the only difference is that they are larger mounds of earth floating on sea. My family visited around five out of the 123 islands and every visit was a different experience. Our favorite was the “Papaya (Lopez) Island” across the crowded Quezon Island. Papaya Island is a small patch of land with fine white sand. My Alaminos experience was generally fun but the only thing I didn’t want was the accommodation. There are no luxury hotels in the area and if you are a tourist from another country, the nearest 5-star hotel would be in Dagupan. I would suggest that tourist spend a whole day in Alaminos for a whole-day tour of the Hundred Islands then go back to Dagupan for check-in. This is one of the Pinoy wonders we should be proud of yet I wonder why the government was not able to develop the infrastructure and tourist area there. What did Fidel V. Ramos (a Pangasinense) do when he was President? We are in 2008 yet it feels like it’s the 80’s there. It should be given ample attention just like Boracay and Bohol, before it’s too late.

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