Bolinao: Pangasinan’s “Gateway to the World”

Bolinao is a province of Pangasinan, Philippines. Folk etymology attributes the name “Bolinao” or this remote fishing enclave from the fish piece “monamon” but commonly called “Bolinao” by the Tagalogs, Bicolanos and the Visayans. A theory also points out that once upon a time “Pamulinawen” trees grew luxuriantly along its shores. Thus, the Ilocano migrants who crossed the Lingayen Gulf named it phonetically similar to the name of the tree. Nowadays, however, such a tree does not exist anymore. 

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WHERE TO GO:

St James the Great Parish Church

bolinaochurchA Spanish colonial church located at Brgy. Germinal in Bolinao, Pangasinan, Philippines. The church was made out of black coral stones.

Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

capebolinaoThis is one of the famous lighthouses in the town of Bolinao, Pangasinan. The other is Port Bolinao Lighthouse in Guigui-wanen, Barangay Luciente I. It is the second tallest lighthouse in the Philippines after the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, which is in Ilocos Norte

Wonderful Cave

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Enchanted Cave

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Bolinao Waterfalls

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Ranked No.4 on TripAdvisor among 9 attractions in Bolinao,

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Bolinao Falls is located in Brgy. Samang Norte in Bolinao, Pangasinan.

 

WHERE TO STAY: 

         Rock View beach located in Patar Bolinao, Pangasinan. One of the best places for relaxation. You’ll find an amazing natural rock formation, white sand, and small cave.

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Bone-chilling Banaue

Banaue or Banawe is a municipality in the province of Ifugao, Philippines. It has a population of 22,365 people. Here, you will find the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Batad Rice Terraces and Bangaan Rice Terraces.

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WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO:

Declared as “National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines”, and is considered to be the 8th Wonder of the World by many Filipinos, the Banaue Rice Terraces is the most known terraces in northern Luzon.  However, there are other notable ones that are worth visiting: the Batad Rice Terraces, Mayoyao Rice Terraces in Mayoyao, Hapao Rice Terraces and Kiangan Rice Terraces.

 

 

  • BATAD RICE TERRACES
  • -one of the clusters of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  • TAPPIYAH WATERFFALLS

– A beautiful 70-meter waterfall- about a 30-minute walk from the village of Batad. It’s a great place to go for a swim.

Tappiyah Falls is truly a hidden treasure of Ifugao.

 

WHERE TO STAY:

Banaue Hotel has an 81-room facility with accommodations and entertainment for big and small groups. The hotel is perched atop one of the most prominent points overlooking the Rice Terraces, all in the middle of the rich culture and history of Ifugao province. During your stay, you will certainly enjoy the wondrous panorama from the balcony of your room. 

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Incredible Ilocos Norte

Ilocos Norte is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region. Its capital is Laoag City and is located at the northwest corner of Luzon Island, bordering Cagayan and Apayao to the east, and Abra and Ilocos Sur to the south. Ilocos Norte faces the South China Sea to the west and the Luzon Strait to the north.

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*updated: April 2017

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PLACES AND HISTORICAL LANDMARKS TO EXPLORE:

Laoag Plaza (at night)

Tobacco Monopoly Monument at the Laoag City Plaza

St. James’ Cathedral 

The Laoag Cathedral

St. Augustine’s Church

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Paoay Church

The facade and altars of the Paoay Church

The Church of Saint Augustine commonly known as the Paoay Church, is the Roman Catholic parish church of the municipality of Paoay, in Ilocos Norte. Completed in 1710, the church is famous for its distinct architecture highlighted by the enormous buttresses on the sides and back of the building. In 1993, the church was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one best examples of the Baroque churches of the Philippines

Kapurpurawan Rock Formations 

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Bangui Wind Farm

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Also known as Bangui Windmills is a wind farm in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. The wind farm uses 20 units of 70-metre (230 ft) high Vestas V82 1.65 MW wind turbines, arranged on a single row stretching along a nine-kilometer shoreline off Bangui Bay, facing the West Philippine Sea.

Patapat Viaduct

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Dubbed as “one of the most spectacular bridges in the world” and “the fifth longest bridge in the Philippines”, Patapat Viaduct is a 1.3 Km long that connects the Maharlika Highway from Laoag, Ilocos Norte to the Cagayan Valley Regions and it is elevated 31 meters over sea level. It was completed and opened to traffic in October 1986, it rises along the town’s coastal mountains, which is the starting point of the Cordillera Mountain Range that snakes through Northern Luzon. The Patapat Viaduct is located in the municipality of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, a coastal town found in the northernmost tip of Luzon.

Beaches of Pagudpud

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Dubbed as “The jewel in the crown of Pagudpud” and “One of the Philippines best kept tourism secrets”, Saud Beach is a long curving 2 km of pure white sand. The reasons why it was chosen as Asia’s best beach are its pristine condition, rustic appeal, and it’s relative isolation from the tourist crowds. A popular venue for fashion photo shoots.

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