I have lived most of my life in the metro but have experienced living life in the province. Pangasinan is where my father grew up and I consider it as our second home since our parents used to bring us here every school breaks to spend our vacation.
I have many fond memories of Pangasinan, the thrill of my first experience in riding a carabao, having my foot trapped in dry soil while walking in the rice field, every stumble and fall until I learned how to ride a bike, make-believe where out of space with our guava tree-space ship and using mud to make figures of man and animals.
We also have experienced the discipline and care of our elders. Our Lola would require us to sleep in the afternoon and wake us up with yummy kakanin with matching halo-halo as our meryenda. Our Lolo is much of a disciplinarian (he is a retired lieutenant); he would strike us with his big and scary bamboo stick whenever we go out without permission or when we have sibling fights. But he shows his soft and jolly side every time he would tell stories of his stint in the army at night while we are looking at the starry skies outside our house.
Life in the province is more relax and serene that’s why we always find time to visit the place every now and then.
Famous Tourist Spots
Our Lady of the Rosary, Manaoag website: www.manaoagshrine.org
Senior Divino Tesoro, Calasiao website: www.pinablincalasiao.com
100 Island, Alaminos website: www.hundredislands.ph
Souvenirs & Delicacies
How to get
By bus (4-5 hours travel time)
Victory Liner – Cubao (7274688), Pasay(8335019) website: www.victoryliner.com
Dagupan Bus Line – Cubao (9296123)
Five Star Bus –Pasay(8338339)
By private vehicle (3-4 hours travel time)
From NLEX, take Dau Exit going to SCTEX and from SCTEX take Hacienda Luisita Exit going toTarlacCity. Find your way toMacArthur Highwaywhere you have two options: via Camiling or via Paniqui Tarlac, depending on your destination.