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    Visit Bolinao Parish Church

    by IamPam Updated May 6, 2011
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    Before going home, we decided to visit St James Parish. it is an old church located at the main town of Bolinao. Back in 2010, the church was still in construction from the damages that it got from the last typhoon that went so we were not able to fully appreciate the church.

    However, what you want to check out is the facade of the church. Take a picture of the front facade of the church and you will be amazed of what you will see. At the very right side of the church, you will see the face of Jesus Christ. It became a new story before and the locals call it miraculous. It will depend on how you see it but I think it's kind of cool ^_^

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    Take a dip at the Enchanted cave

    by IamPam Written May 5, 2011
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    There are actually three caves in Patar but we decided to visit the enchanted cave because of it's name hahaha! According to the locals, it is the largest cave among the three so it was a great choice.

    We enjoyed the cold water from the underground pool especially after being under the sun for quite sometime. What you may not enjoy is how the cave could get crowded with tourist during peak season.

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    Picture taking at the light house

    by IamPam Written May 5, 2011
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    When in Bolinao it is a must to visit Cape Bolinao light house! It is located at Brgy. Patar on your way to Patar beach. You could see the view of the beach and it's sorrounding coconut plantations below. The only down side here is, you cannot actually climb the light house you're only get to experience it from below.

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    See The 400-Year Old Catholic Church

    by cyndymc Updated Oct 7, 2010

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    I've always wanted to see for myself the beautiful architectural treasure of Bolinao, the St. James The Great Parish a.k.a. Bolinao Church. I've seen pictures of period-inspired weddings held there, so I was excited to see its massive facade, intricate retablos and belfry.

    Backgrounder: St. James The Great Parish recently celebrated its 400th year.
    Although it was canonically erected by the Augustinian Friars in 1609, the church was actually entrusted earlier by the Spanish Government to the Dominican Friars in 1594. However, due to lack of missionaries to man their mission territories, the Dominicans left Bolinao in 1607.

    When we got to the church, we were shocked by its present condition. The recent super typhoon Emong damaged the structure. Although the facade and belfry were still standing, the roof and ceiling were totally destroyed, rendering the church roofless! The floors were wet with accumulated water on some portions. (I will be posting photos and video on this.)

    The architectural beauty of Bolinao Church can still be gleaned from its massive facade and the retablos which survived despite the ravaging typhoon. Repair jobs on the roof and ceiling are ongoing and restoration of church interior will follow.

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    Cape Bolinao Light house

    by kemisteryoso Updated Jul 20, 2010

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    The second most highest light house in the Philippines built by the Americans in 1905.The lighthouse provides a panoramic view of a portion of the Cape Bolinao Dendro Thermal Ipil-Ipil Plantation on a land area where archaeological excavations have revealed relics from the 14th to the 15th centuries. You can enjoy the blue water of South china sea and the Lingayen Gulf. This Place is a must see place for those who are craving for a nice photo background.

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    Patar beach

    by kemisteryoso Updated Jul 4, 2010

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    Another unspoiled beach of Pangasinan. One will actually have a long dusty journey to reach this place for it is located on the farthest part of Bolinao (cape). But for me it's a real adventure . A real traveler must not always whine if something goes wrong along his way. For me, to experience something different from my real world is fun.
    It is a public beach so don't expect amenities or lots of water activities. You can just roll on the beach, swim or sing with the videoke located on a store there.The sand is not really that white. It's cream in my vision. There are cottages with bamboo bench you can rent. Bring all the things you needed so you won't have any problem going back to the dusty road to find some store (the store in Patar doesn't have all you need).
    Just be careful on some areas for there are rocks and sea urchins that might hurt you and spoil your trip.
    Sea weeds is a normal thing specially to untouched beaches without private maintenance so don't freak out about it.
    Better to visit during summer days.

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    Buy Bolinao's Famous "Binungay" In The Morning

    by cyndymc Updated Sep 7, 2009

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    (Note: I wasn't sure where to put this tip whether at shopping/local custom/to-do category, but decided to post it here becausewhat I'd like to emphasize is the time element and availability.)

    At first, Bolinao's famous "binungay" didn't attract me as it looked kinda weird to me, but when I saw a man alight from a nice car buy bagfuls of "binungay", I decided to buy one and have a taste of it. The vendor cracked it open with a big clean river stone. It was indeed delicious! My daughters tasted it, and they loved it too! It tasted like delicious "suman" (rice mixed with coconut cream and a little salt and sugar), only it wasn't steamed wrapped in banana/coconut leaves, but cooked inside cuttings of bamboo shoots. The bamboo must have added a special flavor to it.

    We wanted to have more, but we weren't sure if we would be allowed to bring it in the resort, so we decided to just buy later, before we went home. While having breakfast at the resort, my daughters imagined having the "binungay" with hot chocolate... Alas, our plan to buy lots for pasalubong was unfulfilled. When we got to Bolinao Church, the vendors were gone. We went to the market, but there was no "binungay"! We asked around the Municipal Bldg. and were told that the only place where "binungay" is sold is infront of the main gates of the church, so if the vendors are gone, that means they've sold out every piece. So if you want to have a taste of it, or buy lots for "pasalubong", buy only in the mornings.

    Oh, here's my pricing tip: P25-35/piece depending on the diameter. The P35/piece can be bought for P100 for 3 pieces.

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    Day Trip At Treasures of Bolinao

    by cyndymc Updated Sep 7, 2009

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    Gazeebo Is The Best Place in Treasures of Bolinao
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    We checked out the famous Treasures of Bolinao for possible future stay. We were offered a room at the ground floor of its Maharlika Building which had a showcase window overlooking Patar Beach and the sea. It had a very big bed facing the showcase window, and a cozy sitting area at the corner. The room smelled musty though, perhaps because the aircon was turned off since it was unoccupied.

    I don't know why, but the compound didn't impress me so much. Perhaps, it was because the aura of the place was gloomy as the weather that afternoon? Or perhaps because I expected the compound to be more spacious with a good view of the sea from the garden and pool area. Or perhaps we didn't have a chance to move around the compound so much because of the presence of sand and gravel blocking the paths. (Repairs were ongoing because of damage left by typhoon Emong.) The staff brought us to the elevated walkway overlooking the sea and Patar Beach. That is definitely the redeeming site of the place!

    Treasures of Bolinao has many rooms in the Maharlika Bldg. aside from the nipa hut-inspired concrete cottages near the swimming pool and airconditioned rooms near the garden. But if you don 't intend to stay overnight, you can just stay for a daytrip at P375/person.

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    Wake Up Early To Watch The Sunrise

    by cyndymc Updated Sep 6, 2009

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    If you love sunrise and sunset, ask your resort before confirming your booking if any or both of the two occurences can be seen from their place. It would be nice if you can see both events from your resort so if you miss one, you can still await and watch the other.

    Catching the sunrise is quite tricky. Sunburst of colors, shapes of clouds and position of the sun could change faster than you expect...so wake up early to catch the beautiful sunrise in Bolinao.

    We were not lucky to watch the sunset because of heavy rains in the afternoon, but we were fortunate to see an awesome sunrise the following day.

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    Examine the Fossilized Giant Clams

    by cyndymc Written Sep 5, 2009

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    Fossilized Giant Clams

    Before you enter the Enchanted Cave, a staff will give a short orientation. He does the orientation at the garden with fossilized giant clams. I noticed that many tourists do not bother to go for orientation, or if they do, they don't really listen to what he is saying because their minds are preoccuppied with cave exploration. I myself was listening half-heartedly until I heard the words "4 million years". That's when I realized that the dried giant clams mixed with the garden landscape weren't ordinary. They are fossilized remains of giant clams discovered in the hilltop, 2 kms from Enchanted Cave. Carbon dating reportedly revealed they are about 4-5 million years old.

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    Explore Enchanted Cave

    by cyndymc Updated Sep 5, 2009

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    We learned that there are 3 caves in Bolinao, in fact one is named Cindy's Cave. (No, I don't own it.) Given our limited time, we opted to explore just one cave and our choice was Enchanted Cave, said to be the most beautiful of the three.

    Enchanted Cave is a coral cave located in a private property in Barangay Patar, but it was opened to the public for viewing and/or swimming. Before you enter the cave, you have to pay an entrance fee (P40/person if you will swim, less if you will just look at the place and take pictures). Just like Hinagdanan Cave in of Panglao Islandin Bohol, you'll have to go through a small opening down to the enclave; but unlike Hinagdanan Cave, it is adequately lit.

    It was very humid inside the enclave despite the dripping of water from the stalactites. Compensating for the moist, musty surroundings underground is the 30-meter fresh-water pool (which some say is an unusual thing for a coral cave) with crystal clear torqouise water. According to the man assigned to watch the tourists, the pool has depths of 3-6 ft during low tide but could reach to 3-10 ft on high tide, and is connected to an underground river. Swimming in the pool is allowed, but caretakers/staff are alert to remind tourists that they cannot go beyond the ropes marking the restricted areas.

    We didn't swim because of lack of time, and after taking some photos, we hurriedly (albeit carefully) went outside for fresh air.

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    Discover Ilog Malino's Beauty

    by cyndymc Updated Sep 5, 2009

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    Ilog Malino has often been overshadowed by Balingasay's popularity, until Punta Riviera Resort opened. From the bridge of the resort, you can appreciate the unspoiled beauty of Ilog Malino. You can see fish through the calm, clear fresh water. Farther from the bridge, you can see frogs and iguana. Though algae is present, the river is not murky at all. In fact, from our Sunset Room, I saw a man take a dip early morning.

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    Stop By The Balingasay River

    by cyndymc Written Sep 5, 2009

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    View of Balingasay River From Bolinao Bridge

    We've heard about the Balingasay river, the cleanest in the province, and one of the cleanest in the Philippines. If you have a tight schedule like us, you need not ride a boat to cruise the length of Balingasay to appreciate its beauty. We just stopped by the Bolinao Bridge, checked out the place and took some pictures. It was really beautiful, with its deep green water and mangroves lining the riverbanks.

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    Day Trip At Punta Riviera Resort

    by cyndymc Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    Day Trippers May Be Accepted On Not-So-Busy Days
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    Although we stayed at Punta Riviera Resort overnight, day trippers may be accomodated when the site and pool are not too busy. Admission is at the sole discretion of the Manager, and the fee is P650/person. This includes use of pool, site facilities and a light meal. Cabanas may be available for the exclusive use of day trippers if their party is more than three persons. As a rule, day trippers may use the pool up to 6:00 pm and may stay at the site until 6:30 pm only.

    Punta Riviera is also open for company outings. Just contact the Resort Manager for arrangements.

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    Relax & Enjoy At Patar White Beach

    by cyndymc Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    At Patar White Beach, You Can Do Many Things
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    Although Patar White Beach is a public beach without the amenities of a private resort, it has become a favorite of local and foreign tourists. When we went there, I understood why. You can do everything there: swim, snorkel or dive, picnic with family or friends, ride a banca, photo shoot, meditate on the shore, or simply stroll along the beach.

    The sand at Patar White Beach is not really white; it is cream colored. Nevertheless, it is very fine and clean. People say the perfect time to go there is between January to March when the beach is free of seaweeds. I personally don't mind seeing seaweeds because that gives the place "added character".

    We didn't stay long at the beach because of our tight schedule, but when we go back to Bolinao, we'd like to stay longer, at least for a day until the sun sets.

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