One of the places with historical significance worth visiting in Dagupan City is the MacArthur Landing Sitein Bonuan Gueset. It is one of the landing sites of the Liberation Forces on January 9, 1945. It is located near the shoreline of what is known as Bonuan Blue Beach or Tondaligan Beach. General Douglas MacArthur landed here to fulfill his promise of "I Shall Return" at the end of the World War II.
Although Lingayen, San Fabian and Dagupan City continue to debate where MacArthur first landed, it is in Dagupan City where the biggest MacArthur Landing Marker was erected and eventually unveiled in January 23, 1984.
The memorial reads: "Luzon Landing - On this shore, known as Blue Beach, Bonuan, Dagupan City, the first combat troops of the sixth army of the United States of America under the command of General Douglas MacArthur landed on 9 January 1945 to liberate the island of Luzon thus fulfilling his promise to the Filipino people: 'I shall return'"
The MacArthur Landing Site is an ideal site for photographers and those who would like to enjoy quiet moments and observe the serenity of the nearby shore and the activities of local fishermen and residents.
To go to the MacArthur Landing Marker coming from the city proper: Go to Bonuan Gueset. Turn left after the Caltex Station. This is Ceralde St. Go straight ahead to Ivory Coast Subdivision. To its right is the Villa Milagrosa gate enter it and you will see the MacArthur Landing Marker after a few meters. (see the red directional arrow). If you use Google Maps, the location of the Caltex Station there is wrongly labeled.
The Map was screenshot, cropped and edited from Google Maps.
Photos courtesy of Kusinero (James Fernandez) of Dagupan Bangus Litratistas.
|Napoleon L. Nazareno, President and CEO|
“We are reshaping the future of the landline and we are starting to bring it to the market now” - PLDT President and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno.
“We’ve packed the PLDT TelPad with features that will dramatically change how we use landlines” - Eric R. Alberto, Senior Vice President and Head of CSMG
|From L-R: Dan C. Ibarra, Retail Business Group Head; Napoleon L. Nazareno, President and CEO; Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman and Eric R. Alberto, Senior Vice President and Head of CSMG|
The PLDT TelPad is “Landline Reborn.” It has all the services (that PLDT offers) you need in one device.
|@SiRVis: PLDT just launched the World's 1st Landline and Tablet in one - the #PLDT #TelPad!|
During the event, I tweeted PLDT just launched the World's 1st Landline and Tablet in one - the #PLDT #TelPad!
|Patrick Tang, PLDT Vice President for Retail Voice|
Patrick Tang, PLDT Vice President for Retail Voice presented to the launch participants the features of the PLDT TelPad. It has built-in widgets and apps digital games like the highly popular Angry Birds. It can also access PLDT's portals such as PLDT@Home, askPLDT and others powered by PLDT's MyDSL. The PLDT Telpad is portable, a multimedia player, a web browser, equipped with innovative applications and downloadable apps from the Google android app store.
|Paolo Lopez, PLDT Assistant Vice President for Retail Data Usage|
Paolo Lopez, PLDT Assistant Vice President for Retail Data Usage explained the PLDT TelPad's integration with askPLDT which allows the user to check out latest deals from establishments in what he calls a Virtual village- schools, malls, spas hospital and government institution. This innovation is the personalization of the telephone once again.
I'm sure everyone was so elated with PLDT's new product so I elicited responses from the launch participants.
|Roland Vasquez, from RPV Electrotechnology Philippines|
Roland Vasquez, from RPV Electrotechnology Philippines was impressed with the tablet's landline integration. When I was talking to him, he was trying out the landline feature.
Kelly Misa, a Filipina model and TV host loves the gaming features (Plants and Zombies is her favorite) of the PLDT TelPad to while her away from her busy schedule.
You can also plug it in a LCD/LED monitor and play online games as demostrated by a PLDT employee. Wow!
I asked Joy, one of the demo assistants on what feature of the PLDT TelPad impressed her. She said it is the portability of the device, utilization of her favorite social networking sites and chatting applications.
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Of course I tried the PLDT TelPad and I was drooling the whole night! I even tweeted using it.
To cap the show, Eurasia and Side A entertained the crowd who stayed until past 12.
Without further ado...
The Star of the Launch, The PLDT TelPad! The PLDT TelPad has a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, Android 2.2, 2GB internal capacity, SD/USB slots, HDMI, and a 2MP front camera. The service starts at Plan 1849 (1Mbps), Plan 2099 (1.5Mbps), Plan 3095 (2.5Mbps), and Plan 4100 (3.5Mbps). If you already have an existing PLDT myDSL plan, just add P500 on top of your monthly bill to upgrade to get the TelPad. Click here for Application for Reserving a Telpad Unit.
I can't wait to have one!
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