Hundred Islands National Park

The Hundred Islands National Park (Pangasinan: Kapulo-puloan or Taytay-Bakes) is in the province of Pangasinan in northern Philippines. It is located in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. The islands (124 at low tide and 123 at high tide) are scattered along Lingayen Gulf and cover an area of 18.44 square kilometres (4,557 acres). They are believed to be about two million years old. Only three of them have been developed for tourists: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children's Island.

The world-famous Hundred Islands in the Philippines ranks third most favorite destination in Asia among foreign tourists, besting other more popular places in the country and in Asia.

This was the result of the latest global on-line survey conducted by the Asia Pacific Management Forum (APMF), which monitors frequented places visited by tourists.

There were 3,153 voters who participated in the online survey. Penang in Malaysia and Koh Samui in Thailand ranked first and second in the survey.

Alaminos Mayor Hernani Braganza was elated over the results of the APMF survey, ranking the Islands among the first three favorite choices of foreign tourists visiting the Asia-Pacific region.

He said that the droves tourists flocking the Islands daily, 10 percent are foreigners. Foreigners include Americans, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Australians, Canadians and Europeans.

At the same time, Braganza announced that Alaminos earned some P600,000 in ticket sales to the Islands in only two and a half months after it took over the administration of the island resort from the Philippine Tourism Authority in mid October.

This showed that a big number of tourists are now going to the Hundred Islands even if the past two and a half months were considered a lean season for tourists.

He said that to date, three islands in the Hundred Islands have already been lighted.

This is something which was not done in the past even by the PTA and the provincial government, which also administered the islands at one time.

Braganza also said that the city government will tap solar energy for the electricity of these beautiful islands.