The North Vista Year Ender
A travel journal that will give you a pleasant view of people, places, food, culture, history and events from a refreshing perspective
2017 was indeed the year of travel! The North Vista started its maiden voyage in Sunday Punch last January and I can say that the journey was so fruitful and memorable. I got a lot of feedback that readers enjoyed the column. According to them, The North Vista’s travel, food, people and events features allowed them to experience the places and event I went to, the food I ate, and meet some interesting and noteworthy people even just through reading.
Most of the articles here at The North Vista are about Dagupan and Pangasinan because I’m a proud Dagupeno and Pangasinense. I also know that there are a lot of things here that needs to be discovered and featured. For 2018, I’ll be using the hashtags #DiscoverDagupan and #PasyalPangasinan in social media in addition to the usual hashtags that I created #DaguFUN and #FUNgasinan.
2017 was such a blast! I was able to experience the Miss Universe spectacle and revisit the New 7 Wonders City, Vigan. Aside from the usual Vigan delicacies, I was able to try Okilas ken Dinardaraan which is Chicharon dipped in Dinuguan. I even imagined being Flavio of Ang Panday at the Bantay Watchtower. I even made a pun for it: “We’ve only just Vigan!”
The North Vista featured Alaminos City and the Hundred Islands, revisiting cultural places in Lingayen, Balungao and its Goat Festival, Baguio’s Panagbenga, the first sunflower maze in the Philippines in Tayug, the pawikans of La Union, the supok or butandings of San Fabian.
In Dagupan City, we visited its iconic seven rivers and the Bonuan Blue Beach and enjoyed the month-long Bangus Festival and the Platinum celebration of the Agew na Dagupan or Dagupan Day. We learned about things to do in Dagupan in May and during the rainy season, some fun facts about the city and the not so hidden food gems. The North Vista also went into gastronomic adventures by eating and differentiating Mangaldan’s beng beng and Dagupan’s pigar pigar, rediscovering Kaleskes and its story and gaining knowledge about bangus and bagoong processing, and knowing more about the favorite pasalubongs from Dagupan.
There are several personalities that were featured here: Dagupeno athletes who were SEA Games medalists namely Agatha Christenzen Fernandez Wong and Jayson Ramil Ordonez Macaalay; and the artist put Dagupan in the comic world map – Dex Soy.
Some of the events that were featured aside from the festivals and festivies are: The 50th ASEAN celebration in Dagupan and the PBA in Pangasinan (Ginebra San Miguel and NLEX teams). By the way, the PBA will be back in Pangasinan in February 2018. I’m excited to watch “The Man with a Million Moves” with “Mr. Extra Rice” versus “Ang Astig ng Tondo” and our very own kaluyagan “Pinoy Sakuragi.”
Let us look forward to more features, adventures and travels this 2018. Continue reading and supporting this column and the Sunday Punch. Thank you sir Ermin Garcia for the opportunity and the trust! It’s such an honor having my byline alongside with the great columnists of Pangasinan: Ermin Garcia Jr., Gonzalo Duque, Al Mendoza, Virginia Pasalo and Jesus Garcia.
Hello 2018, The North Vista 2017 out!
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