The North Vista

Things You Can Do in Dagupan this May

by @SiRVis


A travel journal that will give you a pleasant view of people, places, food, culture, history and events from a refreshing perspective


APRIL was such an exciting and festive month for Dagupan! After the successful Bangus Festival, one would probably ask: “what are things that you can do in Dagupan this May?”

For the fitness buff and Zumba enthusiasts, there’s Zumbelen ed Weekend. Zumba classes are offered for free every Saturday and Sunday, 5:30 to 7:00 a.m. at the beachfront of the Mayor’s Pavilion in Tondaligan. Catch the Bonuan Blue Beach morning breeze, watch the sunrise as you sweat and trim off the accumulated fat we got from the month-long Bangus festivities!

Been wanting to bring out the eco-warrior in you? Want to meet fellow earth-savers? Join the weekly beach clean-up activity that I organized and spearhead. It’s every Saturday at 7:00 a.m.. We usually clean and pick up non-biodegradable trash like plastics, snack foil wrappers, straws, cigarette butts, and rubber materials from the Mayor’s Pavilion up to the breakwater structures or “giant jackstones” and back. I usually provide the OXO biodegradable trash bags so all you have to do is come and volunteer. Our aim is not just to clean up the beach but also show and remind the beach goers to throw their trash properly. There are a lot of garbage drums that line the beach (with a few meters of interval) so what’s the excuse of not being able to dispose of garbage properly? Let’s make it a habit and show our love for Bonuan Blue Beach. Yes?!

Want to learn a new sport or hobby? Why not try skimboarding? The guys from Skim Your Heart Out / Skimboarding Dagupan are always at the Bonuan Blue beach every weekend near the Mayor’s Pavilion ready to teach you basic skimboarding – for free! There are about 8 new skim boards provided by the city government which anyone can use. Feeling stoked now?

Haven’t been to the beach lately? Bask under the sun and enjoy the family picnic as there are new picnic tables and beach chairs with umbrella along the shoreline that you can rent for a minimal fee. You could do your “Charo Soriano spikes” as you play beach volleyball with your friends at the beach volleyball court. It’s free to use by the way.

If you love indie music and would like to support Dagupan’s local artists, be there at the Through The Waves Shoreline EP Launch on May 27, 2017 6:00 p.m. at the Boundary (across Panaderia Antonio, De Venecia Highway). Through The Waves is a Post – Rock purely instrumental indie band from Dagupan City. It was the 2014 Muziklaban Finalist and currently making waves in the local indie scene in Manila and across the country. Its first single “Rebirth” is out now on Spotify and Apple Music. Support local tayo!

Feeling nostalgic this May? As we prepare for the 70th Agew na Dagupan this June 20, 2017, rummage through your old photographs and participate in Memoirs of Dagupan. It is a photo contest sponsored by the City Government of Dagupan in Partnership with DepEd Dagupan. The theme is Dagupan Pitoran Dekada La: Karuman, Natan, Nabuas (Dagupan on It’s 70th: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow). Details of the contest can be found at The submitted digital photos will also be posted there.


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