Discover Pangasinan, Discover Natividad!

To reach the top is the sole aim of the group.

This served as our mission as we patiently walk and reach the peak of a mountain in Natividad, Pangasinan where lies on top the 120 – meter Sky Plaza, the latest attraction in this small sixth district town.

Reaching the top signifies success especially when we saw the breath taking views at the foot of the mountain. We’ve just discovered a perfect hideaway from the dull and droning life.For only P50, a sports enthusiast can already enjoy a zipline ride here. The zipline is just one of the many attractions at the 2.2 hectare Natividad Forest Park. A nursery, water tank and grotto were earlier put up along with a big white cross at the highest peak. I suggest that you should have a strong stamina in climbing the highest peak. JNatividad, a fourth class town, also boasts of other attractions. A waterfall is just a kilometer away from the forest park, and boat rides at barangay Rizal.

Aside from this, Natividad has its different resorts where you can relax and chill after a tiring day. Sirok ti Manga Resort; Ilocano term for Under the Mango Tree is a new nature resort located in the foothills of the Caraballo Mountains in this small, quiet town which is one of the best resorts in town. The SM Resort is ideal for camping and nature walks. Other facilities set to be built by the municipal government in the Sirok Manga Resort are a social hall which can accommodate seminars by government agencies, a few cottages more and a chapel.

Natividad may not be able to compete with its neighboring towns in urban development but it wants to make its mark as an eco-adventure tourism site.

Natividad is also featured at TalkTV Global via Traveldotcom, a global tourism promotion show

Alcala’s nutritious Veggie Noodles, simply the best.

Oftentimes, a pack of noodles is tagged as unhealthy because of the artificial preservatives it contains. Despite this description which has been proven to be a fact, many people still resort to this meal, either as a snack, or as a substitute to lunch and dinner.

No brand of noodles has been highly recommended by dieticians.

But, in this fast-paced world packed with immensely remarkable innovations, nothing is impossible. Even the infamous noodles can take the spotlight on a positive degree. The unhealthy becomes otherwise.
The Local Government Unit of Alcala, Pangasinan spearheaded a project for women entrepreneurs in their town to produce a delectable yet healthy product—the Alcala Veggie Noodles.

Their noodles come in different flavors: squash, saluyot and malunggay. All the ingredients are fresh vegetables coming from the town of Alcala.

Ms.Vangie together with the help of her production staff demonstrated to us the process of noodle-making, from grinding of vegetables through mixing them with other ingredients to cooking the noodles in boiling water and deep-frying them in oil.

After the demo, we tasted two veggie noodle dishes prepared by the team—pancit and spaghetti. It really tastes so good that those who hate vegetables won’t even notice that they’re eating vegetables, a viable solution to the problem of parents who are having a hard time feeding their children with vegetables.

The taste is close to the pancit and spaghetti we’ve always craved for, but the preparation is way healthier. All flavors are a must try, but mikilunggay tops the list.

So, if you happen to be on a road trip in Pangasinan, never miss to visit Alcala and drop by the Alcala Veggie Noodle Processing Plant.

FYI: Aside from noodles, they also veggie breads and crackers that are perfect for snack time.

Rediscovering Pangasinan through Food

Pangasinan is known for its beautiful sceneries and nature’s wonders: from cave systems, white sand beaches, islands, falls to its unique and delectable selection of foods.

This January, I was lucky to be one of the few people to experience and taste the mouthwatering delicacies of Pangasinan, thanks to GBG Pangasinan and Dagupan!

GBG Pangasinan and Dagupan spearheaded the event entitled “Pangasinan Food Tour 2014”. The goal of this event is to discover the unique foods offered in the province in preparation for the Pangasinan Food Mapping scheduled on the 1st quarter of the year.

The tour is a 3-day event; it started on January 10, Friday. Alcala was the first stop wherein the locality demonstrated the process of Veggie noodle production. The Veggie Noodle Processing Plant is a project of LGU Alcala for their women entrepreneurs.

They also prepared the famous Filipino delicacy called pancit, and spaghetti made up of veggie noodles which we savored after the demo.And all were all delicious. You won’t even recognize there were vegetables in it, so I recommend it to those parents who has problem feeding their children with vegetables.

After Alcala, we went to Laoac, the home of the tasty tupig, sticky rice logs with coconut cream. Aside the famous tupig, we also tasted the different flavors of fresh milk offered by Laoac’s dairy farm, in which we’ve gotten head to head with the cows that came from Australia.

On our second day, everybody was feeling kind of stuffed already because of the amazing food selection. We started the tour by celebrating with the Pozzorubians on their annual Patupat festival, then immediately proceeded to Mangaldan.

Everyonewent salivating when Ms.Joan started cooking the tapa, one of Cela’s Meat products, (the first destination in Mangaldan), because its aroma was really inviting.In fact, it is the best tapa I ever tasted yet!

After the treat from Cela’s, we went to Romana’s, a peanut brittle retailer, to try some of their sweets.We were already full at the time, but it didn’t stop us from munching in their goods.

Our lunch was big heartedly spent at Kuya Max’Restogrilllocated in Lucao Dist., Dagupan City. Sir Maximo Tan, the owner of the alternative restaurant, let us try his top sellers.First was the refreshing drink concoction called, frozen lemonade, also featured in Phillipine Daily Inquirer. Next was his special pigar-pigar made in imported Angus beef. We were also served with different seafood dishes that are proudly Dagupan.

Don Armandos and Don Vitos Pizza were our next stop for Calasiao. And let me just say, I can’t get enough of their Bangus sinigangsa Buko and Don Vito’s Special pizza. Jech’s, which was a 10 minute- ride away,offered lengua and pancit which I openly recommending for everyone to try.

Our last destination on that day was Rudy Jing’s Eatery which offered clams, inihaw na hito (catfish) andBangus (milkfish), and other seafood dishes, but before going there, we visited Binmaley’s seafood manufacturing area and tasted some of their product samples such as: Siomai Bbangus, Tocino Bangus, Longganisa Bangus, and Shanghai Bangus.

Yoly’s Garden Grill and Resto was our first stop for the last day of the tour. Madam Yoly, the proud owner demonstrated on how they cook their signature dish, the veggie tempura. The tour ended at the famous BangsalLechonand Seafood Restaurant in Binmaley, where they served us they’re 2 boodle dishes, the Sigay boodle and the Chinese boodle.

This was definitely an experience worth keeping and remembering.

I am looking forward on the next Pangasinan Food tour.