After our breakfast at The Manor Hotel in Baguio, we headed to Dagupan City in Pangasinan. The main activity that was lined up for us was the Dawel River Cruise. We arrived after four hours and we were greeted by the representatives from the Dagupan tourism department.
an alternative career
photo taken by Angel
I knew about this cruise through my blogger friend Mica of Senyorita.net when she wrote about it on her blog. If you ask me, Mica seems to be a blogger ambassador of the Dagupan City because of how she promotes her hometown to the rest of the blogging community. Check out her article here: Dagupan City’s Newest Tourist Attraction
murals that greet you at the entrance
Inspired by Bohol’s Loboc River Cruise, the Dawel River Cruise was conceptualized to clean the rivers of Dagupan City. A relaxing day with local music being played as we passed through the river, it was a welcome treat from the extreme activities that we had the previous days. We also feasted on delicious rice cakes that they prepared for us.
Dawel River Cruise in Dagupan City, Pangasinan.
Bangus Harvest in Dagupan, Pangasinan
Dagupan City is known to be the Bangus capital of the world so it wasn’t surprising when they added the bangus harvest as part of the tour.
The fishes were brought from the fish pen to the boat. We took our cameras out and recorded the event.
harvesting fish in Dagupan
Since I couldn’t just stand there and stare at the spectacle, I stepped in and helped out. Carrying the fish and transferring them was fun. The fishes moved so fast and I got splashed many times with water from the fish pen, but I didn’t mind; I was happy to witness how these fishes were harvested.
fresh milk fishes!
Even if this was just a side trip, this was my main highlight during our visit. Thanks to Angel for carrying my camera and taking photos of me carrying the fishes!
Mangrove Planting in Dagupan
Our last stop was the mangrove planting activity. The Dawel river is surrounded by mangroves which play an important role and helps prevent soil erosion.
The Dagupan tourism team taught us how to plant them which wasn’t that difficult. All we had to do was get the stalk and then place it firmly on the ground. That easy!
When we got back, they laid out some of the fishes they’ve harvested earlier; all grilled and ready to eat! We devoured the food right away. Eating the fish with our bare hands was the best part so if you ever drop by Dagupan City, don’t forget to try their bangus!
grilled milk fish in Dagupan!
Dagupan City is celebrating the Bangus Festival from April 16 to May 1, 2012. Check out their Facebook page for more updates on news and events: http://www.facebook.com/whatsupdagupan
Check out my other Lakbay Norte 3 adventures here:
- Lakbay Norte 3: Rediscover the North
- Surfing at Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
- Quick Stop at Suba Sand Dunes in Paoay, Ilocos Norte
- Dawel River Cruise & Bangus Harvest in Dagupan, Pangasinan
- White Water Rafting at Chico River in Kalinga
- Paddleboarding in Paoay Lake, Ilocos Norte
- Off-Road 4x4 Adventure to Puning Hot Springs in Angeles, Pampanga
- Sand Spa & Mudpack at Puning Hot Springs in Angeles, Pampanga
- Sport Fishing at Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija
Food & Accommodation:
- The Manor Hotel in Baguio City
- Lunch at Kapuluan Vista Resort, Pagudpud
- Widus Resort and Casino Hotel in Clark, Pampanga
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