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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Cozy Camaya Coast

The Camaya Coast is a beach resort with a residential development in the municipality of Mariveles in Bataan province, Philippines. The 450-hectare (1,100-acre) community includes commercial and residential developments, which includes six subdivisions.The beach resort has a coastal length of around 3.2 kilometers (2.0 mi) total, which includes two coves. It is being promoted by the developer as the Little Boracay of Bataan.

There are also several waterfalls and a river running through the area. The resort is owned and being developed by Earth and Shore Leisure Communities, led by President and CEO Manuel Carlos Ilagan Jr. The name of the resort area is a reflection of the original name of the town of Mariveles, which used to be called Camaya.

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Club Balai Isabel

Club Balai Isabel is the fastest-growing resort south of Metro Manila, Club Balai Isabel has quickly grown from ground zero to the place to be in the space of two short years. With so many exciting developments in such a short time, the market waits with bated breath for what its developers will come up with next.

Right on the shores of the world-famous Taal Lake and across from its volcano is a place where you can relax, connect and be with nature. Club Balai Isabel offers an option for an active lifestyle with all the comforts of city living. A mere fifteen minutes from the Tagaytay ridge, it offers an up-close and personal view of the lake and its world-famous volcano.

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Areas to explore:

  • Kumintang Pool
  • Pantalan sa Clubhouse
  • Terraza Pool & Clubhouse
  • Kumintang Boardwalk
  • Mary and Joseph Chapel
  • The Ruins of the 17th Century Church
  • Talisay Garden Pool
  • Mabuhay Lounge and Tipanan

 

How to get to Club Balai Isabel Batangas
Barangay Banga,Talisay, Batangas
 
From Manila, Public Transportation 
(Instructions from http://www.balaiisabel.com)
  1. Go to the bus terminal in Buendia-Taft, across Atrium hotel. Bus liners Tritran and Jam offers the trip going to Lipa,Tanauan, Batangas City.
  2. Take the bus with the sign board Lipa, Tanauan, Batangas City. It will cost you around P70-P80 pesos per person.
  3. Get off at Tanauan town proper bus terminal. Once you get off, you will see the tricycles beside the bus terminal.
  4. Take the tricycle and ask the driver to bring you to the Talisay jeepney terminal besides Mc Donalds Tanauan. It will cost you P8 per person./td>
  5. When you have reached the jeepney terminal, take the ride with the signboard TALISAY.It will cost you P 20 per person.
  6. You will reach the town proper of Talisay, the jeep will stop near the church of Talisay.
  7. Take the tricycle at the terminal near the church where you get off. Ask the driver to bring you to Cub Balai Isabel. It will cost you P8.00 per person, if you wish to take the trip alone and not wait for other passengers, be prepared to pay P 24.00.
  8. The tricycle will bring you to Club Balai Isabel

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Dazzling Davao City

Davao City  is a city in Mindanao, Philippines. It is the fourth-most-populous city in the Philippine  and the most populous in Mindanao, with a population of 1,449,296 people. It is the center of Metro Davao, the third most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines (as of 2010 Census with a population of 2.26 million, after Metro Manila’s 11.86 million and Metro Cebu’s 2.55 million).

With a total land area of 2,444 square kilometers, the city is the largest in the country in terms of land area. The city serves as the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao and the regional center for Davao region. Davao is home to Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines. Davao is also known as the “Durian Capital” of the Philippines. Davao Gulf, provides a living for many fishermen. Some of the fish products include: yellow fin tuna, brackish water milkfish, tilapia, shrimp, and crab. For geographical and statistical purposes, Davao City is grouped with the province of Davao del Sur but is governed independently from it.

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WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO:

LUN WA BUDDHIST TEMPLE AND JACK’S RIDGE RESTAURANT

DAVAO CROCODILE FARM, BUTTERFLY HOUSE AND ORCHID SHOP

WHERE TO DINE:

DINE AT TRIBU K’MINDANAWAN

 

Tip: (watch their cultural show every 12:00 nn and learn how to play the Kulintang)

WHERE TO STAY:

I will highly recommend North Zen, it has 44 air-condioned rooms to accommodate.

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Vintage Vigan (World’s Living Museum)

The City of Vigan is a fourth class city in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. It is the capital of the Province of Ilocos Sur. The city is located on the western coast of the large island of Luzon, facing the South China Sea. According to the 2010 Philippines census, it has a population of 49,747 people.

Dubbed as “World’s Living Museum” due to the hundreds of remaining well–preserved Spanish ancestral houses found in its heritage village.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific Organization (UNESCO) declared Vigan as a World Heritage Site in 1999.

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WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO:

*Calle Crisologo

– One of the famous historical sites in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. 

*Bantay Church and Bellfry 

– also known as Saint Augustine Parish Church, a Shrine of Our Lady of Charity (Nuestra Señora de La Caridad) housing the miraculous image of Virgin Mary. 

*St. Paul’s Cathedral

– also known as the metropolitan Cathedral. It is considered a major religious landmark not only of northern Luzon but the country as well.

*Baluarte Vigan 

– is 80 hectares of gently rolling terrains, hills and mountain sides, the structures of facilities and amenities, its phases of construction is in its best possible realistic and natural habitat for good and sound animal care. 

*Hidden Garden of Vigan

– is the place where Filipino hospitality is felt.

WHERE TO DINE AND WHAT TO EAT:

*PINAKBET of Kusina Felecitas, Granpa’s Inn

*EMPANADA and OKOY-also spelled as ukoy is another batter-covered, deep-fried street food.

(there is an empanadahan in the plaza near the Church)

*HALO-HALO of Hidden Garden (served in a coconut shell)

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HOW TO GET TO:

Vigan, Ilocos Sur via Bus (Public Transport)
Partas Bus is the most common bus that travel to Vigan.  To check their schedulesd trips, visit their FB Page here!

This was during my first visit in Ilocos Sur with my friends, Basha, Jes, Rjay, Xyrus, Denz, and of course, Gelo, who’s from Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, (Thanks for the warm accommodation Frienship, I love you!)

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