Canaman, Camarines Sur

After introducing the municipality of Calasiao in Pangasinan where my dad was born, let me introduce the municipality in Camarines Sur where my mom was born… Canaman.

Canaman is a fourth-class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur with 24 barangays. Here are some of the tourist spots:

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Church – commonly known as Canaman Church. It was founded in 1583 and considered one of the oldest churches in Camarines Sur.

Lagaylay – is an old tradition originated in Canaman which reenacts the finding of the holy cross by St. Helena and her female entourage. It is celebrated every May 3-11 wherein ladies perform 2hours of song and dance in front of the holy cross for 9 consecutive nights.

Kinalas and Baduya – the most popular food not only in this municipality but in whole Camarines Sur. Kinalas is their local version of mami – noodle in soup base and baduya is maruya in tagalog – banana coated with flour.

Haven Campsite Liwliwa, Zambales

Haven Campsite is located in the municipality of San Felipe in Zambales, about 197kms from Manila and 3 ½ hour travel time if you have your own car. If you are commuting, you can take buses bound for Iba or Sta. Cruz Zambales (about 5hrs travel time) and alight at San Felipe town proper, then hail a tricycle to Haven Campsite (10mins travel time).

For accommodations, there are teepee huts (P2,200 per night), a/c rooms (P3,200) and villas good for 7pax (P8,000) all rates include breakfast. You can also pitch a tent for P450 or use the hammock provided. For reservations, you may contact them at 09954487622.

We only stayed for a whole day but I did love the place. The ivory-colored sand, the lined-up pine trees and the blue-green clear water, though the waves are quite harsh in the afternoon. We were the only guest that time so we enjoyed the serenity and peacefulness of the place.

Lingayen Gulf, Lingayen, Pangasinan

Savoring the remaining days of our stay in Pangasinan, we went to tour Lingayen.

Lingayen is the Capital of Pangasinan Province and just 20km from Calasiao. There are several tourist attractions in Lingayen like the Provincial Capitol, Urduja House, Veteran’s Park and others. Unfortunately, we were not able to set foot on those places because the area was closed (due to pandemic) that time. We just stayed in Lingayen Beach for our last beach swim before heading back to Manila.

We enjoyed our stay in Lingayen Beach. Compared with Tondaligan beach, the water is much tamer and the long stretch of seabed is flat.

On the low note, beach huts are no longer allowed in the seashore. Resorts and bathrooms are located few meters from the beach. We rented a nipa hut at Wyco’s Resort.

St. Vincent Ferrer Prayer Park Chapel, Bayambang, Pangasinan

Municipality of Bayambang is less than 30minutes away from our Barangay. When I’ve heard that there is a new tourist attraction in the area, we readily went to the place with my sister and her family (at least another new place visited during this pandemic).

St. Vincent Ferrer is the patron saint of Bayambang. And in celebration of the municipalities’ 405th founding anniversary, they built a huge statue made of bamboo in honor of the saint. Having the height of 50. 23 meters, this statue became popular for holding the Guinness World Record of being the tallest bamboo statue in the whole world in 2019.

Aside from the statue, the place also has a chapel where they perform mass and a station of the cross outside the chapel.

Tondaligan Beach, Dagupan, Pangasinan

Since its summertime, our vacation would not be complete without going to the beach. The nearest beach from Calasiao is Tondaligan Beach located in Dagupan, the “Bangus” Capital of the Philippines.

Tondaligan beach has so much improvement since our last visit. Most of the cottages are uniform in color which is delightful to the eye and there is a playground where the kids can play. Trash bins are all over the seaside so you can see how clean the surrounding is.

Most noticeable improvement is the long stretch of bay walk where people can jog, bike or simply stroll while enjoying the view of the beach.