Throwback Thursday: Exploring a Private Fishpen in Dagupan

Dagupan river
“Just around the river bend…” was a song that kept playing on my mind while I took this.
fish pen


The lovebirds (my in-laws)


Brothers by law
The river canal
Reminds me of an eerie film that had killer crocs in it.
A happy rower.

As the title implies, this post is a big photo dump from our visit to Josh’s family way, way back. Dagupan is a populous city in the province of Pangasinan somewhere in Northern Luzon, about a five-hour drive from Manila. And it happens to be Josh’s home town. Wait… How on earth did a home-grown Cebuana from the Queen City of the South meet a nerdy, hunky guy from the land of tasty bangus (milkfish) in the north, you ask? Well, it’s a long story, and I’ll probably tell you some other time.
Anyway, let’s go back to the story about those pictures above.

So whenever we have the chance to visit Hub’s family in Quezon City, we make sure to pay a visit to his sister in Dagupan.

The first time I saw the city, it kind of reminded me of Cebu City back in the 80’s and early 90’s. Not that it’s a bad thing. I actually like it because you don’t feel the hustle and bustle of an urbanized place like Makati, making it a perfect place for people who want to get away from the stress and noise of a city without the need to isolate themselves in a small, sleepy rural town. The city is also famous for their grand Bangus Festival. I haven’t been to one yet, but Hubs says it’s so big an event that lots of celebrities go there to join in on the fun and excitement.  I can’t wait to witness it myself.

What I like I about the city is that the people there are gentle and friendly, you know. They’re not as anal-retentive as, say people in big cities. And they have really tasty milkfish for a shockingly cheap price. And the prawns? Oh my gosh, sooooo juicy! One time, we went to Baguio to celebrate Christmas, Josh’s sister brought prawns with her for our Christmas dinner, and they’re so good I didn’t mind the cholesterol count. But I digress.

However, I have to be honest, there aren’t many tourist activities here. If there are, I don’t know where. There are beaches in Dagupan, of course, but I don’t know of any developed beach resorts. Anyway, I’m not saying that there aren’t many fun things to do around the city. There are and you just have to discover them for yourselves. Just like what we did.

Josh’s sister’s in-laws (what a mouthful) own lots of bangus fishpens. After all, her father-in-law isn’t called the bangus king for nothing. So she took us to one of their fishpens early in the morning. It’s in a river just in the outskirts of the city, and the view was breathtaking from the top of cabin (I don’t know what it’s called).
Apart from enjoying the gorgeous view of the sunrise, we also went rowing. Josh and I initially wanted to row towards the bridge but the current was kind of strong for our groggy energy. So we just rowed around the fish pen. We also had a little rowing match versus Josh’s younger brother and brother-in-law, but we lost. Sad (boo-hoo!).

Our little trip ended with us bringing home a bag of fresh crabs and yummy bangus for our lunch and dinner courtesy of the in-laws.

It was a fun activity. It would be nice if they can open it to tourists. I think there’ll be lots of visitors who will want to go fishing and boating. If I own the place, I’ll probably to just that.

Anyway, that’s it. Have a nice day.


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