Pangasinan – Hundred Islands And A Hundred Flavors


The zone of Pangasinan is frequented for its awesome coastlines. The pre-summer is continually a cheerful season for Pangasinenses when the coastlines –, for instance, those that lie in one portion of Lingayen Gulf close by the Provincial Capitol – and other such objectives wake up as concealing filled festivities are mounted and an assortment of the natural item bearing trees are at their zenith.

Overwhelming of the attractions is the “Hundred Islands,” a long-notable get-together of islands and islets, seeming like goliath turtles, disseminated off the shore of Lucap in Alaminos. By and by make, they lie concealed in the 1,844-hectare nature in addition, a recreational park called the Hundred Islands National Park.


In any case, it is Pangasinan‘s flavorful cooking styles that draw out the real sort of the land’s beginning stages. Etymologically, the term Pangasinan means “where salt is made,” inferable from the rich and fine salt beds that were the prime wellspring of business in the domain’s sea shorefront towns.

Today, salt is so far being conveyed in abundance, making not several fortunes for some bold families, yet a considerable amount of its use is for the business. Another name for the area, yet not as extensively known, was Caboloan.

In the neighborhood language, the word Bolo implies a kinds of bamboo that was endless in within areas and upheld in the demonstration of weaving light containers and winnowing plates called bilao. History experts acknowledge that the two names may have been used all the while.

A close-by the thing that has gotten synonymous with Pangasinan is bagoong or developed fish sauce. Salt, clearly, is its prime fixing. Mud-tinted and with a strong smell, bagoong has gotten the national feeling of taste. Neighborhood nourishment, for the most part, Ilocano in starting, owes its validity to the humble bagoong.

Taking from the extra and clearly humble lifestyle of the Pangasinense, with his dependence on the sea and conduits and the land, bagoong advances itself well to the local eating regimen. Mixed in with plain, fresh vegetables – like okra, squash, and eggplant – in a fortifying soup or as a dive for fire seared catfish or Bonuan Bangus (milkfish), bagoong has become a typical sight during dinner of most nuclear families.

In light of its sea shorefront towns, Pangasinan in like manner has an abundance of bangus. The inexhaustible harvest of milkfish is complimented through the Bangus Festivity, an upbeat feasting experience highlighted by the “longest fire sear” competition, street moving, and “101 distinct methods for cooking bangus.”

Pangasinan – Hundred Islands And A Hundred Flavors


In the 2000 assessment, Pangasinan including its 3 urban territories had a people of 2,434,086. The 2000 people check by the National Statistics Office demonstrated a 2.41% extension in the number of occupants in Pangasinan from the 1995 records. Dagupan City’s people landed at 130,328, San Carlos City had a people of 154,264 while Urdaneta City had 111,582. The capital town of Lingayen had a people of 88,891.

Pangasinan Geography

Pangasinan’s domain of 5,368.82 square kilometers includes the northern piece of the Central Plains of Luzon with an east-west plan that connects into a peninsular structure staying into the China Sea. Its cutoff points are Lingayen Gulf, La Union and Benguet on the north, Nueva Vizcaya on the upper east, Nueva Ecija on the east, Tarlac on the south, and Zambales and China Sea on the west.

Language / Dialect

English and Filipino have comprehensively spoken and the basic mechanical assemblies of direction in schools. Pangasinense is spoken in the central bit of the territory while Ilocano is represented the most part by the people in the western and eastern towns. Bolinao has its own special vernacular.

Political Subdivision

Pangasinan has 45 locale and 3 urban territories which are in change sub-segregated into 1,355 barangays. The locales are: Agno, Alcala, Aguilar, Alaminos, Anda, Asingan, Balungao, Bani, Basista, Bautista, Bayambang, Binalonan, Binmaley, Bolinao,

Bugallon, Burgos, Calasiao, Dasol, Infanta, Labrador, Laoac, Lingayen, Mabini, Malasiqui, Manaoag, Mangaldan, Mangatarem, Mapandan, Natividad, Pozorrubio, Rosales, San Fabian, San Jacinto, San Manuel, San Quintin, Sta. Barbara, Sta. Maria, San Nicolas, Sto. Tomas, Sison, Sual, Tayug, Umingan, Urbiztondo and Villasis. The urban networks are Dagupan, San Carlos, besides, Urdaneta.


The locale experiences two explained seasons: dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year. Most outrageous precipitation is found in August. The ordinary month to month temperature is 27.91°C with the most raised occurring in May and the least in January

Major Industries

Agriculture based endeavors remain to be the wellspring of pay of many. Prominent endeavors are bagoong making, made works, and gifts, toys and houseware making.

Pangasinan History…

Pangasinan was definitively vanquished and colonized by D. Martin de Goite in 1571. It has reliably been alluded to in obvious records as “Pangasinan,” which implies where salt is made. Delegate General Ronquillo de Peñalosa formally made Pangasinan as a region in 1850, making the territory one of the most dependable political and administrative units in the Philippines.

Its local region around then joined the present region of Zambales and parts of La Union and Tarlac. Lingayen was allowed and keeps awake to the present as the basic capital. Binalatongan, directly San Carlos City, was the greatest town both in size and people.

Dagupan, by then a Sitio of Lingayen, was changed over into an ordinary town in 1590. It was the joining spot of supporters of the resistance drove by Andres Malong in 1660. The local furthest reaches of Pangasinan were diminished when Agoo up to Bacnotan became towns of La Union in 1850, and again in 1875 when Paniqui and other southern towns were added to Tarlac.

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Pangasinan Is Famous For…

Lingayen Public Beach

Beach workplaces are found in this fragment of the Lingayen Gulf close by the Provincial Capitol, one of the appearance domains of the American Forces in 1945 that readied for the Liberation of Northern Luzon.

Limahong Channel

Looked for after by the Spanish colonizers, the Chinese Corsair Limahong proceeded with north to Pangasinan and dug a direct in Domalandan, Lingayen that filled in as his flight way towards the China Sea.

Old St. John’s Cathedral

Where Spanish General Caballos offered up to the Filipino military strategist, General Francisco Makabulos, during the Philippine Revolution.

Lingayen Gulf War Memorial

On display at the amusement focus inside the Provincial Capitol Compound are relics helping the people to recollect the last World War.

Hundred Islands National Park

The 1,844-hectare nature and recreational park is included islands and islets seeming like goliath turtles, scattered off the bank of Lucap in Alaminos.

Cape Bolinao Beach

The white coastline in Barangay Patar has a freshwater source close by acknowledged to be an outlet of an underground conduit. The surf is ideal for board surfing.

Tambobong White Beach

White sand coastline in Dasol with water that overflows with marine life. A most adored site of anglers and scuba jumpers.

Agno Umbrella Rocks

These mushroom-shaped stone rocks detect the mouth of the Balincaguing River in Sabangan, Agno.

Mount Balungao

383-meter high Mount Balungao is frequented all through the mid-year predominantly for the therapeutic use of its common spring.

Antong Falls

The falls of Sison course down a bowl on a mountainside sitting above verdant scenes of woodlands spread and rice fields.

Shrine of the Nuestra Señora de Manaoag

Sweethearts race to the sanctum of the “Apo Baket” acknowledged being awesome, mentioning her intercession. A Virgin’s Well exists at Barangay Pugaro.

Redeemer’s Cross

The cross stands on Calvary Hill in Surip, Bani where the yearly Archdiocesan Penitential Pilgrimage is lauded every Holy Tuesday.Blessed spot of the Immaculate Concepcion. Arranged at Barangay Station District, Rosales, the natural hollow has gotten observable quality as an excursion site in perspective on the well-chronicled spirits.

Eating experience of the Señora de Manaoag. The eating experience of the Lady of the Most Holy Rosary unmistakably known as Señora de Manaoag, patroness of the crippled, the helpless, and the dejected, is recognized after the Holy Week.

Señora de Manaoag
Señora de Manaoag

Feast of the Señora de Manaoag

The feast of the Lady of the Most Holy Rosary popularly known as Señora de Manaoag, patroness of the sick, the helpless, and the needy, is celebrated after the Holy Week.

Pista’y Dayat

Every first of May, Pangasinenses, and visitors a similar take to the coastlines to watch Pista’y Dayat. The point of convergence of the festivals is the Lingayen Public Beach.


From a Pangasinan word connoting “to move,” the festival is held every November 27 – December 2 in Dagupan City.

Bangus Festival

A celebration of the copious assemble of milkfish in the region, it is highlighted by the “longest fire sear” contention, street moving, and “101 unique methods for cooking bangus.

Things to Do and see in Pangasinan…


Lingayen Public Beach, Pangasinan

Beach facilities are found in this portion of Lingayen Gulf adjacent to the Provincial Capitol, which was one of the landing areas of the American Forces on January 9, 1945, that paved the way for the Liberation of Northern Luzon.

White Beach

The beach stretching from Nibaliw West to Mabilao in San Fabian was the landing area of Lt. General Homma, Commander of the Japanese Imperial Expeditionary Forces on December 24, 1941. The beach became one of the areas of operation of the Liberation Forces in Northern Luzon on January 9, 1945.

Limahong Channel

The Chinese Corsair Limahong proceeded north to Pangasinan when foiled of his attempt to establish a colony on the shore of Manila Bay. Pursued by the Spanish colonizers, he dug a channel in Domalandan, Lingayen that served as his escape way towards the China Sea.

Villa Verde Trail

The Red Arrow Monument at Villa Verde Trail in Sta. Maria East, San Nicolas where the 32nd Division of the United States Armed Forces in the Far East saw action in pursuit of the retreating Japanese forces during the campaign to liberate Northern Luzon.

Old St. John’s Cathedral

It was in the old cathedral on Zamora Street, Dagupan, where the Spanish General Caballos surrendered to the Filipino military strategist, General Francisco Makabulos, during the Philippine Revolution.

Bonuan Blue Beach

One of the landing sites of the Liberation Forces on January 9, 1945. This stretch of beach in Dagupan features a Japanese Park, the Tondaligan Park, and the MacArthur Landing Marker.

Home Economics Building of the West Central Elementary School

The old building was the official headquarters of General MacArthur. The Dagupan City government plans to convert the building into a museum.

Lingayen Gulf War Memorial

On display at the park within the Provincial Capitol Compound are relics reminding the people of the last World War.

Cultural in Pangasinan

Bolinao Museum

Located at Rizal Street across the Cape Bolinao High School, the museum houses art, geology, botany, and zoology materials collected in the area. The museum is open from Monday to Saturday.

Church of St. James Fortress

The Bolinao Church was built by the Augustinians in 1609. It houses wooden statues nowadays a rarity. The antique altar is flanked by two grinning tongue-protruding Aztec visages presumably of Mexican influence and brought over by the Galleon Trade. Bolinao is 81.8 kilometers away from Lingayen and 275 kilometers away from Manila.

Sison Auditorium

Constructed before the 2nd World War, the restored structure located at the Provincial Capitol compound in Lingayen is the venue of cultural activities.


Hundred Islands National Park

Scattered off the coast of Lucap in Alaminos are islands and islets looking like giant turtles comprising the 1,844-hectare nature and recreational park. On many points between the islets, the waters are shallow, thus ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

The Quezon Island has picnic sheds, toilets, and view decks. Children’s Island is for camping activities while the Governor’s Island has facilities for accommodation. Reservations are accepted at the Public Assistance Center where motorized bancas for trips to the islands are hired. Lucap is approximately 3 kilometers away from the town proper of Alaminos.

Cacupangan Cave

The cave is approximately 5 kilometers away from the highway through the Cemetery Road in Mabini. Its underground river flows into the Balincaguing River. Exploring the cave and its vicinity is recommended during the dry season.

Villacorta Caves

200 meters long, 20 meters high, and 20 meters wide. Accessible by means of a 200 m. foot trail in Brgy. Villacorta from a roadway 7 km. from the highway. Features huge basin-like formations, pools, waterfalls, terraced rock, palace-like chamber, and gypsum flowers.

Santiago Island

The island situated off the northeast coast of Bolinao is a favorite of scuba divers. Its corals are teeming with marine life.

Cape Bolinao Beach

The white beach in Barangay Patar is ideal for tourism purposes. Nearby is a freshwater source believed to be an outlet of an underground river. The surf is also ideal for board surfing.

Manleluag Spring National Park

Located about 7 kilometers uphill along the highway in Malabobo, Mangatarem, the forest park declared as a National Park in 1940 is suitable for special interest activities. Mangatarem is 178.47 kilometers away from Manila. With cottages and swimming pools.

Tambobong White Beach

This stretch of white sand beach in Dasol is accessible through Burgos town about 258.5 kilometers away from Manila. Its water teems with marine life and a favorite of anglers and scuba divers.

Agno Umbrella Rocks

These mushroom-shaped stone boulders dot the mouth of the Balincaguing River in Sabangan, Agno. Agno is 263.9 kilometers away from Manila.

Mount Balungao

Hot and cold springs are found in 383 meters high Mount Balungao, about 5 kilometers southeast of the Balungao town proper. Many visit the place during summer mainly for the medicinal use of the hot spring. Balungao is 188.55 kilometers from Manila through Carmen, Rosales.

Antong Falls

Located 10 kilometers from the town proper of Sison, the falls cascade down a basin on a mountainside overlooking verdant sceneries of forest cover and rice fields, an ideal place for picnics and outdoor recreation.


Shrine of the Nuestra Señora de Manaoag

Devotees flock to the shrine of the “Apo Baket” believed to be miraculous, asking for her intercession. A Virgin’s Well exists at Barangay Pugaro. Dawn processions are held every first Saturday of the month. Manaoag is 205 kilometers from Manila.

Sanctuario del Señor Divino Tesoro

Located beside the municipal building of Calasiao, the enshrined statue of Christ draws devotees from towns outside Pangasinan. Calasiao is 207.38 kilometers from Manila.

Redeemer’s Cross

The cross stands on Calvary Hill overlooking the China Sea in Surip, Bani where the annual Archdiocesan Penitential Pilgrimage is celebrated every Holy Tuesday. Bani is 250 kilometers from Manila.

Shrine of the Immaculate Concepcion

Located at Barangay Station District, Rosales, the grotto has gained prominence as a pilgrimage site because of the well-documented apparitions. Rosales is 209.89 kilometers from Manila.



The University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute operates the Bolinao Marine Laboratory. Interested groups may contact the institute through Director Edgardo Gomez.

Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

The lighthouse was built by the Americans in 1903 on a 300 feet high promontory at the western part of Cape Bolinao. At present it is still sending signals to vessels passing by the area.

Oceanographic Marine Laboratory

The Department of Agriculture maintains the laboratory at Lucap, Alaminos were researches on fish production specifically “bangus”, “siganid”, and “Lapu-Lapu” breeding are conducted.

Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation

The university campus is developed as a community in itself in San Carlos City; equipped with facilities, foremost of which is the VMUF Medical Center, considered the largest medical school outside Metro Manila. San Carlos City is 197.7 kilometers away from Manila.

Festivals in Pangasinan

Feast of the Señora de Manaoag

The feast of the Lady of the Most Holy Rosary popularly known as Señora de Manaoag, patroness of the sick, the helpless, and the needy, is celebrated after the Holy Week.

Galicayo Festival

A series of activities such as street dancing and procession of our Lady of Manaoag, and images from all over the country are witnessed in this event every second week of December in Manaoag, Pangasinan.

Feast of the Señor Divino Tesoro

Devotees flock to Calasiao for the feast of the Señor celebrated with a 9-day novena that starts on April 24 and culminates with a 3-day festivity on May 2 to 4.

Pista’y Dayat

Every first of May, Pangasinenses and visitors alike take to the beaches to celebrate Pista’y Dayat. Activities include a traditional offering of the mass on the beach, fluvial parade, marathon, and the selection of “Lingas na Dayat”. Center of the festivities is the Lingayen Public Beach.


A Pangasinan word meaning to uplift. Activities include garden show, trade fair featuring “bangus bagoong,” peanut brittle, quilted products, housewares, and others. Done every November 27 – December 2 in Dagupan City.


Fiesta of Dagupan City. December 26. Balikbayan night.

Bangus Festival

In celebration of the bountiful harvest of milk fish in the area. Activities such as longest grill, street dancing, and 101 ways of cooking bangus is being featured.

Special Interest

Fourteen Mile Reef

The reef is several kilometers long and is actually an extension of the western edge of Lingayen Gulf off the coast of Santiago Island. It has some hard and soft coral growth, many shells and variety of fish. The gradual slope ranges from 10 to 40 meters with the western edge dropping abruptly to over 250 meters.

Devil’s Island

Considered as the best site for scuba diving at the Hundred Islands National Park.

Villacorta Cave

A two-hour cave exploration. The longest cave in Mabini, Pangasinan.

Nalsoc Cave

Located in Calayo, Bani, a subterranean river flows through miles of natural archway of stalactites and stalagmites.

Binmatya, Cacupangan and Arasaas Cave

Found in Mabini, an underground river flows through the caves, also the abode of bats.

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