LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — Thirty five Manila-based journalists, bloggers, and photographers are currently touring various famous sites in Pangasinan from January 27-30 as part of their annual North Philippines Bureau’s familiarization trip dubbed “Lakbay Norte”.

Now on its fifth leg, Lakbay Norte aims to promote North Luzon as the preferred travel destination in the country.

In their four-day stint in Pangasinan, travel writers and photographers from top broadsheets, magazines and online blogs journeyed to different Pangasinan destinations to experience outdoor adventures and gastronomic delights with the assistance of the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) led by its chief Ma. Luisa A. Elduayan.

On their first day, Lakbay Norte participants were brought to Balungao Adventures Park where the famous Pangasinan zipline, the country’s longest stretching 1.4 kilometers, is located.

The second day of the trip, as disclosed by the PTCAO, was concentrated on local cuisine where the group was brought to Matutina’s Restaurant and Patio Elmina Restaurant both in Dagupan City to witness live cooking demonstrations and food tasting.

The group’s adventure was highlighted by a visit to the Capitol and a courtesy call on Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., who warmly welcomed the visitors at the Urduja House.

After their courtesy call, the visitors proceeded to the historic Lingayen beach area for a land kite-boarding clinic.

The group traveled to Lingayen’s adjacent town Bugallon for an al fresco dining experience at the Riverside Restaurant — a newly-opened establishment right below Banaga bridge which offers palatable food and a refreshing sight of the Agno River with all the lights at sunset.

Finally, they wrapped up their second day of tour with a long trip to the wild west — Punta Riviera Resort in Bolinao town where the group stayed for the night.

On their third day (January 29), the group was treated to an early morning visit to the Pacific Salt Farm located in a 500-hectare salt farm in Barangay Zaragoza in Bolinao.

The visitors were taken to a view deck, where they could see the salt farm on Tambac Bay, a body of water separating Bolinao and the island town of Anda.

Their next destination was a serene cruise off Balingasay River, the cleanest in Region I and a national finalist, courtesy of Sungayan Grill Resto.

Completing their four-day trip on January 30 is a brief visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor (Home for the Elderly) at Barangay Catubig in Bolinao before proceeding to Alaminos City for a site visit of city’s Mangrove Center. PNA/northboundasia.com