The Province of Pangasinan warmly welcomed the Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat last June 20 to June 22, 2021. The DOT Secretary’s visit primarily focused on an ocular inspection of identified tourism-related establishments and tourism destinations around Pangasinan. This initiative is to advocate the safe reopening of tourism in the Philippines. Accompanying delegates were DOT Region 1 Director Joseph Francisco “Jeff” R. Ortega, Hon. Congressman Christopher “Toff” V.P. De Venecia, Chairperson Maria Rachel “Baby” Arenas of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, and leaders from the cities and towns that the group visited.
The first day was spent visiting Bayambang’s St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Church and the St. Vincent Ferrer Prayer Park; the Bella’s Puto Calasiao Factory in Calasiao; Calamansian ed Lekep Butao in San Fabian; Tondaligan Blue Beach Baywalk in Dagupan City; Ariana’s Best in Mangaldan and check-in at the Hiraya Wellness Resort and Ecopark in Aguilar. The following day, the delegates joined the unveiling and inauguration of the marker that declares Casa Real in
Lingayen as a National Historical Landmark. Afterward, the group traveled to Bolinao where they visited the Sungayan Grill and Floating Restaurant, Puerto del Sol and the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse. The third and last day of the ocular inspection culminated in a visit to Alaminos City where they toured the Lucap Wharf at the Hundred Islands National Park and finally at the Minor Basilica of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag.