Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hataw Balungao!: The Balungao Hilltop Adventure

Hataw Balungao!

Balungao is a 4th class municipality in the 6th District of the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. A municipality with 20 barangays, it's primary place of interest is an inactive/ extinct volcano: Mount Balungao. 

Mount Balungao stands at 383 meters high and is situated about 5 kilometers southeast of the Balungao town proper. The mountain boasts of both hot and cold springs; one of only two found in Pangasinan (tManleluag Spring National Park in Mangatarem). Balungao is 188.55 kilometers from Manila thru Carmen, Rosales. 

In September 8, 2011,  a new adventure resort was opened within the hot and cold springs resort. Aptly named Balungao Hilltop Adventure, it is the longest Zip Line in Region 1. The Zip Line has a length of 600 meters which could last from 15 seconds to a minute depending on your weight and your position when you are suspended at the Zip Line. 

Entrance fee is P50 for adults and P25 for children. Cottage amenities like the "Kubo" can be rented for only P200 while the "Umbrella" is pegged at P100. Overnight accommodation (12 hours) is also available at the Cabana for only P800 per room (maximum of 4 persons per room).

The rates for the adventure activities are as follows:
Zipline - P300
ATV Driving - P200/ 15 minutes
Bungee Trampoline - P100
*Sulit Package - P500 inclusive of Zipline, Bungee Trampoline and 15 minutes of ATV Driving.

Other adventure amenities included in one's stay in Balungao Hilltop Adventure are Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Mountain Biking, Trail Walking, Trust Fall, and a dip in the Hot and Cold Swimming Pools. Operating hours is from 8am to 5pm. 

At the radio travel show Biyahe at Gimik on Sonshine Radio Dagupan 981, Balungao Mayor Philip Peralta revealed to hosts "What's Up Dagupan" and Jay Mendoza that the facility has allowed the local government to recoup their investment within a span of a few months. "In fact last December (at the peak of tourists' arrivals), we were able to earn more than a million pesos" said Mayor Peralta. He thanked the governor, congresswoman, municipal officials and residents of Balungao for making the project possible. The area is safe and secure as assured by the mayor. Further improvements like additional room accommodations and restaurants are still being planned.

When in Pangasinan, the Balungao Hilltop Adventure is worth visiting especially for the adventurous travelers and tourists. Make sure though to bring your own food and refreshments as the resort facility doesn't have a functional restaurant as of the moment. 

For inquiries, one may call the following contact numbers: (075) 583-8421, (075) 583-8412, 09215988081. One may also visit  Balungao's website: for more details. 

It's more fun in Pangasinan! 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

2012 Mangaldan Town Fiesta Activities

2012 Mangaldan Town Fiesta Activities

March 3 & 4, 2012 - Mayor’s Cup Shootfest (MAPSAI) 
8:00 A.M; Jharssel Shooting Range Bari, Mangaldan, Pangasinan
c/o P/Spt.Mateo C. Casupang

March 4, 2012 - Wer-weran ed Mangaldan Bike Race
6:00 a.m Municipal Grounds c/o Mr. Jesus Garcia Jr.

Gabi ng Pasasalamat (Religious Groups)
6:00 P.M; Mangaldan Public Plaza 
c/o Pastor Rodrigo G. Sante 

March 6, 2012 - Mr. and Ms. Hot Bodies 2012
7:00 P.M; Mangaldan Public Auditorium
c/o Harlijk Production Mr. Maharlika Mirasol

March 7, 2012 - Sangguniang Kabataan Night
8:00 P.M; Mangaldan Public Plaza
c/o Hon. Charlene Joy F. Flores (SK President)

March 8, 2012 - Senior Citizens Night
8:00 P.M; Mangaldan Public Plaza
c/o Mr. Adriano M. Biala and Mrs. Linda S. Ang

March 9, 2012 - LGU/Educators/ Balikbayan/OFW/Peoples Night
7:00 p.m c/o 2012 EXECOM

- PBA Legends vs Celebrity Players (Basketball Exhibition)
1:00 P.M; MYDC Gym
c/o Globe Telecom and Harlijk Productions 

March 10, 2012 - Parade 
7:00 a.m c/o Sir Jose A. De Vera

- Baptism
9:00 A.M – 12:00 NN/1:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M
- Mass
6:00 A.M/5:00P.M
c/o Madam Vicky B. Sotto and Mdm. Teresita G. Cera
Parish Office Secretariat

- Coronation Night
8:00 P.M; Mangaldan Public Plaza
c/o Mrs. Gloria G. Romero and 2012 EXECOM

March 11, 2012 - Mass
5:30 A.M/7:00 A.M/8:15 A.M/5:00 P.M
- Baptism
9:00 A.M – 12:00 NN/1:30 P.M – 3:00 P.M
- Confirmation ( Kumpil )
10:00 A.M – 12:00 NN
c/o Mrs.Vicky B.Sotto and Mdm. Teresita G. Cera
Parish Office secretariat

- Samahan ng Mga Barangay Night
8:00 P.M; Mangaldan Public Plaza
c/o Hon. Ritchie G. Abalos (Liga President) 

March 12, 2012- Raffle draw- 
1:00 p.m- Municipal Grounds
c/o Dr. Ophelia T. Rivera (MHO)
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