- Hundred Islands in Pangasinan will soon serve as a Lenten destination
- This will be made possible with the construction of a 56-foot statue of Christ the Savior atop Pilgrimage Island (formerly Martha Island)
- A chapel and a retreat house will also be built beside the statue
Hundred Islands located in the western part of Pangasinan will not only be a national park which is frequented by tourists both local and international. Soon, the tourism site is expected to lure more visitors with the construction of a 56-foot statue of Christ the Savior atop Pilgrimage Island (formerly Martha Island).
Although the site is not yet fully finished, devotees have started to climb 263 steps from the beach to not only venerate the image even before the onset of lent, an article published by PEP mentioned and was also confirmed by a local media.
A Facebook post by City Mayor Art F. Celeste reveals that a chapel and a retreat house will also be built beside the statue to make it a perfect site for recollections and other religious activities.
The city mayor likewise posted on his social media account that the project solicited support of community volunteers which even include drug surrenderees who helped in carrying bags of cement and other materials to the island for the completion of the ongoing construction. This, according to the chief executive, is part of the reformation and recollection program for the drug returnees through appreciation of the value of community service.
Once the project is fully realized, devotees who will visit the island to reflect will also be treated with a panoramic view of some of the nearby islets.
The Hundred Islands National Park (HINP) has an island count of more than 120 which are all scattered in the Lingayen Gulf.
Right after visiting the Pilgrimage Island, tourists and guests are urge to visit the Governor’s Island which also has a 200-step staircase to a good vantage point. The Bat Island which is teemed with bats is another must-see site along with the Marcos’ Island, which boasts a 20-foot cliff jump inside its caves and Romulo’s Island, which has a white sandy beach perfect for lazing around.
From Manila, visitors can ride a bus bound for Alaminos, Pangasinan. Travel time will take around three to four hours. Upon reaching the city of Alaminos, guests can then head to Lucap Terminal for a tricycle ride to the Lucap Wharf which is the jump-off point to national park.