“Hundred islands and Hundred Flavors

 

            Pangasinan is well known for two things: first is the Hundred Islands National Park where you can island hop your heart out; the second is the tasty Bangus which residents celebrate for an entire month.

 

This province is perfect for a quick solo escape away from the city’s dark and dirty atmosphere, but far enough to keep a lot of other weekenders away. In Pangasinan, it’s sunny and affordable!

 

 

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GETTING THERE
By Land: Pangasinan is 5-6 hours away from Manila. There are regular bus rides to Dagupan, Alaminos and Bolinao from Cubao and Pasay bus terminals.


GETTING AROUND
There are no cabs in Pangasinan. The best way to get around this province is by bus or jeepney. For short distances, tricycles can be found everywhere with a minimum fare of P12.00.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • Pangasinense 
  • Ilocano
  • Tagalog
  • English

 

MUST SEES!

  • Hundred Islands National Park
  • Quezon Island
  • Calasiao Church
  • Dawel River Cruise
  • Patar Beach
  • Patar Rock View Beach
  • Bolinao Falls
  • Cape Bolinao 
  • Manaoag Church

LET’S GO TRY

  • “Binungey” a rice cake made by steaming a bamboo segment which is filled with coconut milk and sticky rice. 
  • Puto Calasiao
  • “Patupat” – a rice cake wrap in a so called “banig or bayong” 
  • Tupig - sweet rice flour wrapped in a banana leaf then grilled.

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Try skimboarding in the morning at Lingayen Gulf 
  • Island Hopping
  • Helmet Diving
  • Try all sorts of shellfish
  • Explore plenty of caves
  • Feast on milk fish! (Dagupan Bangus)
  • Revisit WWII (Lingayen Gulf)
  • Join a pilgrimage (Lady of Manaoag)

 

LET’S GO TO FESTIVAL & EVENTS

  • Lingayen Gulf Landing Anniversary (held every January 09-Commemoration of the liberation of Lingayen from the Japanese forces by Gen. Douglas McArthur of the ES Pacific Command.)
  • Dagupan Bangus Festival (held every April 16-May4-Highlight of the festival is the Longest Bangus Grill along downtown stretching up to two (2) kilometers, a record of which is included in the Guiness Book of World Records.)
  • Pandan Festival (held every April 11-16-A festival depicting the origin of the place "Pandan", and its various uses, showcasing the town's agricultural wealth.) 
  • Hundred Islands Festival (held every May 1-7-The event aims to revive the Hundred Island National Park not just as a beach destination but also an excellent venue for agri-tourism fairs.) 
  • Mango-Bamboo Festival & Trade Fair (held every April 20-27-promoting San Carlos City as a major trading center of bamboo based products/ furniture and best producer of "carabao" mangoes and other mango varieties in the country.)


DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • Pangasinan is the birthplace of former Philippine president Fidel V. Ramos and Speaker Jose de Venecia, Jr.
  • The name Pangasinan means "land of salt." (The word for "salt" is asin.) Pangasinan is a major producer of salt in the Philippines.


BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Best time to go is during the dry season and during ordinary weekends. Patar Beach and a lot of tourist spots usually get pretty crowded during Easter but are okay during most of the year.


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