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Bolinao: Now Na!

As photo hobbyists, my husband and I always look forward to sunny days when we could go somewhere and shoot. One weekend, the sun shone brightly so we thought it would be such a waste if we spent the special holiday (August 31) at home. My daughters who are into photography also wanted to go with us. They wanted to go to Acuatico (Batangas) but my husband and I wanted to go to the scenic coastal town of Bolinao.

Situated at the northwestern tip of Pangasinan and Lingayen Gulf, we knew it would be a long road trip, but we were driven by the desire to see the place and have our own shots of the pristine sea, unspoiled beaches, clean rivers, beautiful waterfalls, intriguing caves, and beautiful countryside sights. For varied reasons, our trip to Bolinao had always been postponed. This time, we didn't want to pass up the opportunity to travel together as a family so we hurriedly researched for accommodation options and luckily, we got a nice place that could accomodate us at short notice.

Pangasinan's Cleanest Coastal Municipality

Bolinao was recently given the prestigious Tambuyog Award by the Provincial Government as the Cleanest Pangasinan Coastal Local Government Unit (LGU). The search for the municipality and city was an offshoot of a covenant signed last year by incumbent Governor Amado Espino Jr. and the mayors of the coastal towns and cities of Pangasinan. The ultimate goal of the covenant is to push "collective action and shared responsibility for sustainable coastal resources management and development".

We heard over TV and radio that typhoon Emong which had packing winds of 150 kph and a gustiness of 185 kph made its landfall in Pangasinan, badly hitting Bolinao. We worried and wondered how badly the tourist spots were affected, but when we finally saw Bolinao, we were surprised to see that it is still impressively clean despite the fact that typhoon Emong occured very recently.

There were no fallen trees or debris on the roads and rivers. However, we were saddened to see many roofless houses and damaged structures. In fact, Bolinao's architectural gems, the Fortress Church of St. James The Great and the Lighthouse at Cape Bolinao were also affected.

Other Facts About Bolinao

*Bolinao and other western Pangasinan towns were once part of Zambales, until the year 1903 when they were transferred to Pangasinan due to their proximity to the capital town of Lingayen. You can actually see scenic Zambales Mountain Range from the Pangasinan-Zambales Road.

*With the 14 mile barrier reef located within its geographical area at the mouth of the Lingayen Gulf, Bolinao boasts of a wide diversity of marine life. It is also noted as natural haven of popular game fishes, and consequently identified as the fish basket of Pangasinan.

  • Last visit to Bolinao: Aug 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Enjoyed the amazing pictures and stories here on your Bataan/Bolinao pages wonderful sunrise which I am sure barbie appreciated a lot! Thnaks for jumping...Norman :)

  • barbie_sunrise's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2009 at 8:06 AM

    saw your Bolinao page, im so sad! i didnt know that the damage was very bad : (


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