Upon your visit to Dagupan Philippines, did you ever face the problem of not knowing where to eat and where to go?
No need to worry. Personnel at the tourism office of the city have lined up several sights and activities for every tourist like you to liven up your stay at the Bangus Capital of the World.
Dubbed as ‘Walking Tour,’ your first stop will be at the City Hall located in the heart of the city where you can have a view of the paintings of past local chief executives of Dagupan.
Then you can take pictures of the 130-year old water tower at the back of the city hall.
Next, tourism officers will take you to the old Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist where Leonor Rivera, Dr. Jose Rizal’s sweetheart, and engineer Henry Kipping got married during a railroad construction in the city.
Just a few meters away is the new Cathedral famous for its architectural design.
Your guide will then take you to the West Central Elementary school particularly in the Home Economics building, formerly known as Gabaldon building. This building used to be the headquarters of Gen. Douglas MacArthur during World War II. The original bathtub where the famous war liberator took a bath is preserved in this room.
Prepare yourself for a 40- minute boat ride as you take the River Cruise in the Dawel area. Several food stall and coffee lounges are now housed in the docking area for the convenience of the ferry passengers.
Finally, a visit to Dagupan would not be complete without savoring the world-renowned Bonuan bangus. Your guide would let you choose where you can feast on the famous delicacy and where to buy more of it for ‘pasalubong.’
The walking tour was conceptualized in line with the celebration of the Tourism Month in the city. So come to Dagupan and experience what it feels like to be a Dagupeño for a day. (Venus H. Sarmiento/PIA-Pangasinan)