Monday, September 1, 2014

Almost a month ago, on August 8, my youngest son went on a school field trip to learn about resort operations. It was a three day, two nights seminar. On the last day of their tour, they were given a "free day" to explore the beauty of Hundred Islands in Alaminos, Pangasinan. 

Located along the northwestern seaboard of the main island of Luzon, this National Park has 123 limestone islands spread out on a total area of 16.67 square kilometers (6.47 square miles), roughly 250 kilometers (155 miles) from Manila. Getting there would consist of a travel time of 4-6 hours by land, either by private vehicle or public transport (provincial buses).  The islands vary in shape and size and are believed to be millions of years old. The tranquil blue-green waters are simply breathtaking!

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Only three of the islands however, have been developed to provide lodging and other basic amenities. These islands are Governor Island, Quezon Island and Children's Island. Governor's island provides a viewing deck to showcase the beauty of the natural formations. There are many activities that one can enjoy while visiting the place, aside from enjoying the sand and sea, you can also go island hopping, snorkeling to view the giant clams, kayak, trek, and explore the caves.

Here are pictures of my son's trip:

Arrival at the site. He does seem excited, doesn't he?

Doing the "Rose and Jack Titanic Pose" while standing on an outrigger

A happy boy he is

Mickey on the viewing deck of Governor's island. Great view!

Riding the ferry to start the island hopping adventure

"Alright now, we're done with those. Let's move on to the next." - Mickey

And now, time for some snorkeling fun!

Back on the beach. This is a tiny lighthouse.

He loves the beach so much.

Enjoying the nice breeze and warm sunshine.

"Perfect!" - Mickey

On his Facebook page, Mickey tagged this photo as "Future Chefs"

No field trip is complete without those wacky jump shots!

Before they started their trip back home, Mickey took the rare opportunity to have his picture taken holding the super moon in his hand. 

Mickey got me a souvenir shirt! Isn't he thoughtful?

Hundred Islands is worth a visit. Its won't cost much, its accessible by land, and it gives you the opportunity to see how beautiful our country is. The best part of it, though, is after you have visited the place, you can be proud to say,
"One hundred twenty three islands visited! Only 6,984 more to go!"


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The Philippines.
Definitely more fun.

13 comments:

  1. wow! Beautiful Island and pictures!

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  3. Oh yes it can be done in a day! I like Hundred Islands! Besides considering it an affordable trip, knowing that you've been to one of the places you use to read when you were a kid is totally awesome! I'd go back there with my family.

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  4. I've never been to the Hundred Islands but would love to go someday. The place looks amazing and the beach is maintained. Nice to hear that college kids get to do field trips now, I don't remember going anywhere during my college days.

    LOL on the Titanic shot! But where is the chunky statement necklace Heart of the Ocean?

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  5. Sounds like they had a wonderful trip! The Titanic pose is hilarious!

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  6. I regret not seeing this wonderful beauty when I was there in Pangasinan. I was young then, neneng-nene pa, (high school student)while attending the Regional Secondary Schools Press Conference. Hoping I get to tick this off my bucket list sooner than later :-)

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  7. wow!!! very much lucky to be able to visit those islands and have fun while learning.

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  8. What an awesome day trip! His Jack & Rose picture made me laugh!

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  9. wow! totally nag-enjoy ang kid mo. The pictures are amazing.

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  10. What a cool trip! I'd love to go visit!

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  11. THat is awesome, hopping to a hundred and more island in one day is quite an accomplishment. Thanks for the tour!~

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  12. I'd love to go island hopping, too, at Hundred Islands! We haven't been there yet, but it's definitely a must-see place here in the Philippines.

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  13. Paradise indeed! What view that is. It makes me missed the Philippines very badly :-(

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