Pangasinan is on the western area of the island of Luzon along the Lingayen Gulf


Pangasinan is a province in the Philippines. Its provincial capital is Lingayen. Pangasinan is on the western area of the island of Luzon along the Lingayen Gulf and West Philippine Sea. It has a total land area of 5,451.01 square, it has an estimate population of 2,956,726 people. The official number of registered voters in Pangasinan is 1,651,814. The western portion of the province is part of the homeland of the Sambal people, while the central and eastern portions are the homeland of the Pangasinan people. Due to ethnic migration, Ilocano people have settled in some areas of the province. Pangasinan is the name for the province, the people, and the language spoken in the province. Indigenous Pangasinan speakers are estimated to number at least 2 million. The Pangasinan language, which is official in the province, is one of the officially recognized regional languages in the Philippines. In Pangasinan, there were several ethnic groups who enriched the cultural fabric of the province. Almost all of the people are Pangasinans and the rest are descendants of Bolinao and Ilocano, who settled the eastern and western parts of the province. Pangasinan is spoken as a second-language by many of the ethnic minorities in Pangasinan. The secondary ethnic groups are the Bolinaos (who are essentially Sambal people) and the Ilocanos.

The name Pangasinan means “place of salt” or “place of salt-making”; it is derived from the prefix pang, meaning “for”, the root word asin, meaning “salt”, and suffix an, signifying “location”. At present it is pronounced “Paŋgasinan” based on the Spanish pronunciation. The province is a major producer of salt in the Philippines. Its major products include bagoong (“salted-krill”) and alamang (“shrimp-paste”). Pangasinan was first founded by Austronesian peoples who called themselves Anakbanwa by at least 2500 BC. A kingdom called Luyag na Caboloan, which expanded to incorporate much of northwestern Luzon, existed in Pangasinan before the Spanish conquest that began in the 16th century. The Kingdom of Luyag na Kaboloan was known as the Wangdom of Pangasinan in Chinese records. The ancient Pangasinan people were skilled navigators and the maritime trade network that once flourished in ancient Luzon connected Pangasinan with other peoples of Southeast Asia, India, China, Japan and the rest of the Pacific. The ancient kingdom of Luyag na Caboloan was in fact mentioned in Chinese and Indian records as being an important kingdom on ancient trade routes.

Activities in Pangasinan? 1st to do. Kayak or do island-hopping at the Hundred Islands. The Hundred Islands of Alaminos City is probably the most popular tourist spot in Pangasinan. It is a group of approximately 123 islands and islets scattered over Lingayen Gulf, believed to be formed more than two million years ago. 2nd to do. Snorkel and check out the Giant Clams at Silaki Island. 3rd to do. Chill out at Patar Beach has a lot of potentials to be more beautiful than it is right now because of its crystal clear waters and white sand. Even if it’s a public beach there are still only a few people that visit the place. 4th to do. Sample the Boneless Bangus. 5th to do. Take a dip at the waterfalls at Bolinao Falls has three falls you could choose from. The first one, Bolinao Falls 1 has the tallest height while Bolinao 3 is the shallowest. Lastly, Bolinao 2 is the best for enjoying the falls without compromising your swim. Kids can swim there too. Also, the water is cold and enjoyable. 6th to do. Do a pilgrimage to the Manaoag Shrine. Pangasinan and has been canonically affiliated with the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome since June 2011, Manaoag Church is a pilgrimage site for devotees. 7th to do. Bring back a bottle of the famous Bagoong Pangasinan. 8th to do. See the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse remains as a beautiful spot to take pictures even if it’s already closed for the general public. However, it is possible to enjoy the views from atop even if you don’t climb the lighthouse due to restrictions. The sunset is the greatest view you could get so time your visit properly. 9th to do. Cool off from the searing sun by relaxing in the pools of Wonderful and Enchanted Caves. Cacupangan cave has average formations inside but it is great for starters. There might be bats and snakes living in the cave and the road going inside is tough and rough. The entrance fee is only 50 pesos per person but a guide costs about 400 pesos. There are also gears that are needed costing about 100 pesos. 10th and last to do. Share a glass of local wines (tuba) with locals of Dasol. Dasol harbors some of the beast beaches in Pangasinan. With its cream fine sand and bountiful sea harvest, the waters off the coast of this town of Pangasinan is starting to hit big to beach lovers and sun worshipers. Dasol may be inferior in tourism compared to the other towns of Pangasinan.

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