The Hundred Islands National Park (HINP) has reopened since July 1, accepting up to 1,000 guests a day or 50% of its original capacity and only from residents from the first district of Pangasinan, according to Miguel Sison, city tourism officer.
Starting September, the HINP will accept guests from the whole province of Pangasinan and, by October and November, from other areas in Region 1.
Hopefully by December, the park may accept local tourists from other parts of the country, Sison said.
Visitors should bring proof of residence and other requirements under IATF guidelines to ensure safety of guests and employees and prevent the spread of the virus.
Last July 1, the 3-D animation floor tile art made by five young visual artists from Alaminos City at Lucap Wharf was inaugurated. The wharf is the jump-off point to the HINP.
The five artists of the Tanghalang Sandaang Pulo Visual (TSPV) led by James Ison started working on the tile art on April 29 when the country was placed under community quarantine.
The artworks feature three of the 100 islands at the HINP – Quezon Island, the most developed island; Pilgrimage Island which features a 56-foot Christ the Savior image and life-sized Stations of the Cross sculptures and the newly-named Sandal Island.
Standing beside the 3-D images, an illusion shows cracks and sunken islands on the ground.
“It’s like you’re underground seeing the islands, it’s like the floor was broken,” Ison said.
Joining Ison in the project were his two younger brothers, Ulysses and Melquisedec, as well as Zaldy Alvis and Marx Paywan. It is a community project done in collaboration with Mayor Arth Bryan Celeste, who met with them for possible projects that would entice more visitors once the community quarantine is lifted. “It gives us a great feeling that as local artists, we are able to give even a little happiness to the people that despite this crisis we are facing, there’s still so much joy and color in this life,” Ison said.