Sunday, April 26, 2015

Balikbayans, foreigners hail Island Tours


 DAGUPAN CITY – “It’s my first time and I like the view out here," said Charles Roseberry of Missouri, USA.

 Roseberry  was among many foreigners who rode on the city's Island Tours where they made a close look at the beauty of the Dagupan's river after a one to two-hour leisurely ride.

 " The river is clean and its rich food is really delicious. I will definitely try it again with my family,” Roseberry quipped.

 Roseberry was with some balikbayans from  Los Angeles, San Francisco, California, Boston, Massachusetts, Daly City, and Baltimore, USA  who experienced the  Island Tours last April 23.

 Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, City Engineer Virginia Rosario and some education program supervisors accompanied the tourists as they traversed the island barangays of the city on board  t
he China and USA-themed Island Tour boats.

The tour made a stopover in a shallow sand bar in Pugaro where the group had a chance to feast on freshly-cooked local delicacies such as buttered crab, grilled tilapia, shrimp, pinakbet, fruits and lechon.

During the tour, a group of fisherman approached the tourists and showed them their bountiful catch which they eventually sold to the visitors.

 The group suggested to Mayor Belen that the city’s river can also be a good kayaking destination because it is clean and has a beautiful turquoise blue color.

Victor Manela and his daughter Caroline from Boston, Massachusetts,  referred to the island Tours as ‘more pleasant than the previous river cruise’ as they already tried the former Dawel river cruise in 2011.

The mayor said she is now finalizing details for the upcoming launch of the Island Tours after the Sangguniang Panlungsod already passed a resolution endorsing the Implementing  Rules and Regulation (IRR) of an ordinance providing measures for the management and operations  of the same.
Thus, she frequently asks overseas Dagupeños to solicit their suggestions on how to further improve the city’ s newest tourism attraction. (CIO photo by Mitz Cresencio)

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