With the year 2013 slowly eating up our calendar, let’s have a quick look on which Travel Guides garnered the most clicks and traffic last year.   10. Travel Guide: Bucas Grande Islands / Sohoton Cove National Park (Socorro) Ranking tenth on the list is the emerging eco-tourism paradise of Bucas Grande in Socorro, Surigao del Norte. Famous for Sohoton Cove, Blue Lagoon and the amazing Tojoman or Jellyfish Lagoon which is home to millions of no-sting, friendly and playful jellyfishes.   9. Travel Guide:…Continue Reading “The Most Read Travel Guides of 2012”

Dasol Pangasinan

The coast of Pangasinan harbors some of the beast beaches in the country. With its cream to white fine sand and bountiful sea harvest, the waters off the coast of this province is starting to hit big to beach lovers and sun worshipers. But Pangasinan is not only about the Hundred Islands in Alaminos or the beautiful beaches in Bolinao and Anda, all in the mouth of Lingayen Gulf. West of the province, fronting the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) are other beautiful beaches,…Continue Reading “Travel Guide: Dasol”


The La Union, Baguio, Pangasinan and Tarlac legs of Lakbay Norte were full of fun, food and adventure: the stroll in Holcim Eco Trail, sumptuous meal by Te Quiero Tapas Bar and Restaurant, airsoft battle in Baguio Country Club, short but sweet stay in The Manor, river cruising and bangus feast in Dawel River and the go-kart race in Kart City. Here are more photos of our La Union, Baguio, Pangasinan and Tarlac legs of Lakbay Norte 3. Lakbay Norte is an eight day media…Continue Reading “Northern Stills: La Union, Baguio, Pangasinan & Tarlac”


January 27, our sixth day began with a breakfast buffet at The Manor. A wide selection of early morning treats were waiting for us that I had two plates full of whatever my eyes deemed good – breads, sausages, pork tocino, baked tomatoes, fried fish, fruits and more. By seven in the morning, our bus left Baguio for the Pangasinan leg of the tour. We arrived at Dagupan City at nine in the morning and went straight to Dawell River for the cruise. Inspired by…Continue Reading “Lakbay Norte Diary Day 6: Pangasinan and Tarlac”

Tambobong Beach

The quaint town of Dasol, Pangasinan harbors a coast of cream sand and bountiful sea harvest. A spot that offers more than what you can think of, for a not so popular tourist destination – the Tambobong Beach. Tambobong Beach, a long stretch of cream sand of barangays Tambobong and OsmeƱa in Dasol, is Pangasinan’s another secret. Tambobong Beach on Barangay Tambobong Side   An hour-and-a-half ride from Alaminos, Tambobong promises a more relax and quiet atmosphere than the famous Hundred Isles or Bolinao. But…Continue Reading “Tambobong Beach”

Barangay Lucap lighthouse

The most popular tourist spot in Pangasinan, Hundred Islands National Park is a group of islands in Lingayen Gulf, Alaminos City. It is made up of 123 islands and islets (124 on low tide), believed to be formed more than two million years ago.

Hundred Islands

Only five hours away from Manila, Hundred Islands is a perfect retreat from the busy city life. A cheap and fun way to experience the tropical Philippines, be it for a day tour, camping trip or overnight accommodation on any three developed islands – Quezon, Governor’s and Children’s Islands.

With more than a hundred islands to choose from, that harbor white sand beaches, caves, limestone rocks and cliffs and rich marine life, Hundred Islands guarantees a well worth visit.

How to Get There

Alaminos City is the gateway to the Hundred Islands National Park. It is five hours by public bus from Manila. Victory Liner, Dagupan Bus, Five Star Bus and Philippine Rabbit have daily trips to Alaminos City. Aircon bus fare as of June 2010 is at approximately P350.00 one-way Manila to Alaminos, while ordinary (non-aircon) bus fare is around P250.

Barangay Lucap lighthouse

From Alaminos City proper, ride a tricycle going to Barangay Lucap, this is where the Tourism Information Center is located and the jump-off point to the Hundred Isles. Tricycle rate is at P60-P80 per ride that can fit three people.

The tourism office set standard boat rates to the park from Barangay Lucap (as of April 2012):

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