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This is the place most closest to my heart - Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines. The Home of the Hundred Islands, Alaminos Langgonisa etc. This is where I spent my younger years up to high school. I usually go home to visit my Mom and Dad, my niece and nephew during long holidays if I don't have scheduled trip :)

What my hometown can offer to tourist is to enjoy the beauty of Hundred islands, the first National Park of the Philippines that comprise of 124 islands at low tide and 123 at high tide. They are like mushroom islands scattered along Lingayen Gulf.They are believed to be about two million years old. Only three of them have been developed for tourists: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children's Island. Which is strategically located in Western Pangasinan, the center of trade and commerce as well as the educational, political, religious and cultural movements in the region.
Other activities which can be enjoyed at Hundred Islands are fun-fishing, sunbathing, jet-skiing, banana boat ride, picnic, Kayaking and snorkeling. If you want to swim don't forget your swim shoes.

The local government is now planning to put a Zip line that will start at governor's island and connected to other major islands.

The Legend of the Hundred Islands

Anita and Akong
One of the legends told by old folks who live in the area and passed on to generations of storytelling, is the story of a couple named Akong and Anita. There used to be only one island in the place where the Hundred Islands can be found today. Akong is a fisherman and his wife Anita sell the fishes he catches every day. But discontentment soon crept in Akong’s heart and thought of ways to earn money in an easier and faster way. While he went out to sea one night, Anita had a dream about an old man who visited their hut and told them that if they work hard, they will eventually get rich after three years. She shared this with her husband when he returned but he dismissed her impatiently.

One night, he set out to sea again; his first throw of the net didn’t yield any fish but the second one caught black stones the size of a man’s fist. In disgust, he threw them back to the sea, accompanied by complaints. Just then, he heard a rumbling sound and saw the waves becoming bigger, making him paddle faster towards the shore. Unbeknownst to him, the black stones he threw to the sea became islands. He died that night in his sleep. And once more, the old man appeared in Anita’s dream, telling her about the islands and the fate her husband brought upon himself. Anita just cried as she looked at her dead husband.

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About Alaminos

Alaminos City is a coastal City located on the western part of Pangasinan. It is a 4th class city with a population of 80,000 according to the latest census.

Ilocano and Pangasinan are the dialects that are widely spoken but Tagalog and English can also be used by those who cannot comprehend. The people of Pangasinan are called Pangasinense and not Pangalatok it's a derogatory word for many.

Alaminians are creative, proof of art and crafts can be seen on some stores in the city that ranges from furnitures, shells, wood , bamboo etc.

Variety of salted fish and anchovies can also be bought here.

History:

The original settlers of Alaminos are Zambals from Zambalez and this town is part of the said province before. They called the place barrio "Suyang".They established their homes in the shoreline and fishing became their main source of living. Then because of typhoon and other natural causes they left their first village and settled far from the shore and they named their place as Casborran which became an independent town in 1747.
Due to Political conflicts, the barrio was destroyed by fire and again tranferred to a new location and named it Salapsap or Sarapsap which means river cascade. The land was rebuilt with chapel, convent, tribunal house and a school building. In 1840, the first stone Church was built. By the turn of the 19th century, Salapsap became a progressive town in north of Zambales. Then in 1872, under the leadership of Captain Domingo Montemayor, Sarapsap was renamed to Alaminos takenafter Governor General Juan de Alaminos who visited it in 1872.

My home town is about 257 kms from Manila that will take 5 hours to travel.
It is accessible by all kinds of land transportation and the most common are Five star and Victory Liner buses with terminals at Pasay City and Cubao. These Bus companies also have terminals in Alaminos and serve scheduled trip to Baguio, Dagupan, Sta. Cruz, Olongapo, Manila and Pasay.

Bus fare ranges from 270 pesos (ordinary) to 380 pesos (Air-conditioned) if coming from Manila.

Going to Hundred Islands:
From the bus terminal take a tricycle to Lucap wharf which is about 10-15 minutes travel time. The fare is 60 pesos per trip. Drop by to the local tourism office for guidance.

An International Airport will be constructed soon.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice view of the hundred islands
  • Cons:not that much tourist spots
  • In a nutshell:I will always call it Home.
  • Last visit to Alaminos: Jan 2008
  • Intro Updated Sep 3, 2011
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