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Food Review: Pangasinan’s CASA BELLA

If one day you find yourself roaming around Pangasinan and your stomach suddenly cries of hunger, you might want to pass by San Carlos City and treat yourself with savory baby back ribs. Casa Bella House of Ribs and Seafoods has tasty treats in store for random wanderers like you.

Casa Bella is located just along the San Carlos-Calasiao Road. 

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Travel Review: Pangasinan’s ISLAND TROPIC HOTEL

In comparison with our previous travels, I can say that our Pangasinan trip gave us less hassle. Kudos to Island Tropic Hotel for a comprehensive itinerary and good accommodation.

For the four of us, we were assigned in an airconditioned room with two single beds and one double deck bed. There was a restroom, a cabinet for our clothes, a television, a table, and a sink. They also handed us with towels and complimentary soap and shampoo.

Romeo and me. Mark and Laurence were sleeping already on their bed!

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The Joy that Bolinao Allows

Back when I was a naive little kid, all that I can visualize when I think of Pangasinan are the Hundred Islands of Alaminos. Well, now that I have grown up, it became clearer to me that our country is blessed with a lot of nature’s wonders, and it is almost impossible for a province to have just one tourist destination.

Kilometers away from the City of Alaminos, the town of Bolinao cradles a number of spots that will surely captivate the eyes of tourists. When our group decided to hit Bolinao, we were oriented that most of the activities that can be done here will include water. Oh yeah, I wonder when we will turn into sea creatures.

Before getting wet, our guide took the squad first to Bolinao’s famous landmarks.

St. James the Great Parish Church. The marker states that its tower which measures 75 feet was the tallest in the whole Pangasinan if not in the entire Northern Luzon.

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Kindred Spirits at the Hundred Islands

Back when I was still in grade school, I have always been curious of the Hundred Islands of Pangasinan. Every time our Social Studies teacher require us to collate photos of the natural wonders of the Philippines, these mysterious landmasses were always included in my album. And now that I am somewhat capable of reaching my dream destinations, I know in my heart that it is impossible to skip these treasures of Pangasinan.

The port where boats are waiting before sailing onto the islands. 

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Dining at The Port of the Galleons

Like any other tourist spots, Puerto Galera offers a lot of places where you can treat your tummy. Listed here are very few places where we ate during our stay in the island.


The place has a nice ambience. It was so peaceful. Ideal for retreats.

They serve cuisines of different nationalities including Japanese, Korean, American and Filipino. A bit pricy and the taste was not that outstanding.

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Exploring the Port of the Galleons

Upon our arrival at Puerto Galera, Ate Maricel (the owner of Lucky Five Garden House) briefed us that as part of our travel package, they will be in-charge of taking us to the different spots in the island. Her husband (I forgot his name) was our driver.

Ate Maricel of Lucky Five Garden House

Our first destination was the sandbar in Boquete Island. We rode on a boat to get there. The locals say that the beach front disappears during high tide. It was a good thing that it was low tide when we got there so we had time for picture taking.

No. We didn’t stay there. Can’t afford. Hahahuhu.

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The Way to The Port of the Galleons

Another season for escapade has come. It was Romeo’s birthday and it was time to save the man from the cruelty of the city life. Romeo is a beach bum. He can stay in the waters for a whole day until he’s starving and his fingers are all wrinkled. So to celebrate his 24 years of existence, we decided to go to one of the most talked about spot for beach lovers. To Puerto Galera we went.

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