The Philippines 4

The Philippines, Coron and Pangasinan, March 2020
This trip arrived during the covid-19 pandemic. Coron could be visited without any problems but the rest was more laborious, arrived at Pangasinan. The government declared lockdown of the population fairly quickly. So the Metro Manila area was completely closed, transport has been halted, borders closed for non-Filipino isolated islands.

Coron is the 3rd largest island of the Calamians in the northern province of Palawan in the Philippines. The island has an area of ​​71 km2 (27.41 mi ca). The island is part of the ancestral lands of the indigenous populations ” Tagbanwa “. It is a coin-shaped mountainous island dominated by steep cliffs and karst rock formations made of Permian limestone of Jurassic origin. It is a black limestone.
A very nice little island and quite quiet, in the context of the coronavirus, the Covid-19. I did 2 tours with klook. The 1st, ” Coron, Tour B ” with visits to Barracuda Lake, Skeleton Wreck, Banol Beach (lunch), Twin Lagoon and Reef Garden. The 2nd, ” Coron, Tower A ” included tours to Kayangan Lake, Coral Garden, Blue Lagoon, Atwayan Beach (lunch), CYC Beach and Secret Lagoon .. I also hired a scooter to walk around the island and mostly visit waterfalls. I find the scooter really the best way to see the Philippines. Water, a towel and “go crazy”. Coron is also famous for diving with Japanese shipwrecks. Diving was not scheduled for this trip.

Pangasinan (Pangasinan: Luyag na Panggasinan; Tagalog: Lalawigan ng Pangasinan) is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos region of Luzon. Its capital is Lingayen. Pangasinan is found in the western area of ​​Luzon Island, along the Lingayen Gulf and the Philippine Sea to the west. It has a total area of ​​2104.65sq mi (5451.01km2). The western part of the province is part of the homeland of the Sambal people, while the central and eastern parts are the homeland of the Pangasinan people.
The name Pangasinan means & quot; place of salt ” or ” place of manufacture of salt & quot ;. The Spanish form of the province’s name, Pangasinán, remains predominant, albeit without diacritics, and so is its pronunciation. The province is a major producer of salt in the Philippines. Its main products are bagoong (” salted krill “) and alamang (” shrimp paste “)..
Pangasinan, a place in the provinces, far from the bustle of big cities. It changes the lively atmosphere of Coron. Here, almost no tourists. Even less in this time of COVID-19. In these conditions, I was not able to move much. The few photos were taken before the containment decisions.
This region is especially famous for 100 islands, a very beautiful place but unfortunately I could not get there. From here, you can also reach Banaue and the rice fields in level, a mythical place, very visited, and which is registered with the World Heritage of UNESCO. You will surely have photos next year for my 5th trip.
The pictures
Coron and Pangasinan’s special album
Note: The “Special” album includes special images and portraits