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An Overview of Pangasinan

Though I was born and raised in Manila, I consider Pangasinan as my province since both my parents grew up in Pangasinan, specifically San Fabian. The dialect being spoken in majority of the towns and cities is either "Pangalatok" (Pangasinense) or Ilocano.

The province's name was actually derived from the two words "Pang" - referring to a place where something is being produced and "Asin" - salt. Although the Pangasinan salt is special by itself, I tend to believe that the "asin" in the province's name refers to "inasin" which is the Pangasinan word for "bagoong". Pangasinan is of course known for it's "bagoong", whether fish-based or shrimp-based. As for the table salt, long before the iodized fine salt became popular, fine salt has been sold in Pangasinan ever since I can remember (no iodine of course).

Dagupan is a major source of bangus, both locally and internationally. The Bonuan boneless bangus has been one of the primary products of Dagupan. Dagupan actually celebrates a bangus festival during the month of May.

The most famous landmark in Pangasinan would probably be the Hundred Islands in Alaminos and the Manaoag shrine in Manaoag. These two attracts visitors, not only from the Philippines, but from other countries as well.

San Fabian beaches

San Fabian has been one of the more visited coastal towns of Pangasinan . The former President Marcos had a resthouse in White Beach which has been converted into a beach resort now being managed by the Philippine Tourism Authority. The sand is not white but the beach gradually descends into the sea and the waves are not that strong owing to the fact that the town is located deep within the Lingayen gulf.

The Shrine of Apo Baket - Our Lady of Manaoag

One of the most visited place in Pangasinan is the Shrine of the Lady of Manaoag. According to stories, during the Japanese occupation, a number of bombs were dropped at the church. Miraculously however, one of the bomb that dropped right at the statue's sanctuarium remained unexploded. .

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely beaches, historic churches and a hundred islands.
  • Cons:It has become a little bit commercial with prices almost same as Manila.
  • Last visit to Province of Pangasinan: Nov 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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