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    Go To Cape Bolinao for Sightseeing

    by cyndymc Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    Cape Bolinao has been in our wish list of photo subjects for a long time. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't kind on us when we went there. It rained hard the day before, and it drizzled on and off that day so the sky was quite gloomy with only a few clouds. We weren't able to do the shots we've been imagining to do for Cape Bolinao, but we took some shots anyway for documentation of the trip.

    From the viewdeck, you can see a panoramic view of Lingayen Gulf, South China Sea, Treasure of Bolinao Resort, some vacation houses of prominent people and the coastline.

    Backgrounder: Standing at the western part of Cape Bolinao on a 300 ft (91 m) high promontory, the beacon still serves as guide to vessels passing by the area. The lighthouse, constructed in 1905 by the Americans is said to be the second tallest of the five major lighthouses of the country (the first being Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos, Ilocos Norte).

    Bolinao Lighthouse My family Dwarfed By The Lighthouse Scene From The Cape Bolinao View Deck Bolinao Lighthouse View From Cape Bolinao
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    Don't Miss:1st Mass In The Philippines Memorial

    by cyndymc Updated Sep 3, 2009

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    Many tourists just pass by the Memorial infront of Bolinao Church, thinking it's just a Cross with memorial markers about the church. We almost missed this historically significant spot, until we read the inscriptions. The spot is actually a Memorial to the first Catholic Mass celebrated in the country. Yes, Bolinao put up the memorial markers to officially push its claim that the first Catholic Mass on Philippine soil was celebrated in Bolinao Bay in 1324 by Blessed Odorico from Friuli, Italy who was then a Franciscan missionary.

    Backgrounder: According to a local whom we met, Bolinao based its claim on archives presented by Fr. Luigi Malaocco of the Stigmatine Fathers. Records showed that Blessed Odorico was enroute China in 1324 when they encountered a storm. He sought refuge in Bolinao Bay; he is believed to be the First Franciscan to set foot in the Philippines. He can also be considered as the first evangelizer in the country. For landing safely and being received peacefully by natives in Bolinao during that stormy weather, Father Odorico celebrated a thanksgiving Mass and baptized many of the natives and Malayan immigrants. This boosts Bolinao's claim that the first Catholic Mass was not actually in Limasawa, Southern Leyte or any other place in the Philippines but in Bolinao, Pangasinan.

    We were told that there is another Memorial in Santiago Island, but we were not able to go there anymore. When we reached the port, the boat bound for Santiago Island just left, and the next boat had to be filled with commuters before it could leave. We didn't persist anymore, as our stomachs were already grumbling with hunger.

    Memorial on 1st Catholic Mass in The Philippines Blessed Odorico's Memorial Marker Blessed Odorico's Memorial Marker Memorial Is Just Infront Of Main Doors Of Church My Souvenir Pic @ The Memorial
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    Visit the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

    by monina_c Updated Nov 25, 2008

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    This solar powered lighthouse is located on the way to Patar beach. It was locked when we went there and nobody was around to let us into the tower. The running of the lighthouse is a good example of cooperation between the national government and the local government. It is currently being operated/managed by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) but the maintainance of the surrounding area will be the responsibility of the local government unit of Bolinao. I learnt from one local that there is a plan for the old cottage attached to the tower to be rented out as a tourist accomodation.

    Cape Bolinao Lighthouse (about 100+ft) is more than a hundred years old and rises 351 feet above sea level at Punta Piedra Point, the sharp point of Cape Bolinao itself. It is said to be the 2nd tallest lighthouse next to Cape Bojeador. The lighthouse was designed primarily to prevent sea disasters and guide fishermen and navigators of inter-island boats and ships plying in and out of Bolinao and on the international ocean passage to Hongkong, Japan, USA and other countries. It's had a colorful life before the advent of modern technology and solar energy! Part of its story is the gallant and skilled attempts of resourceful Filipino technicians who extended the life of the lighthouse despite lack of financial support and shortage of supplies and equipment. But it is also worth noting that the joint efforts of the PCG and Bolinao townspeople have given this lighthouse a new lease on life!

    For more information about this landmark of Bolinao please read: article on Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

    Cape Bolinao Lighthouse lighthouse marker
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    Municpal Port

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 20, 2008

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    the municipal port is where the fishermen unload the day' catch, here you can see the the waters around bolinao are still clear and free of pollution. The Port is ideal for a romantic stroll at night with your special someone since it is not well lit at night at you can hear the waves and see lots of fireflies nearby.

    clear water everywhere walking
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    Guiguiwanen White Beach

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 20, 2008

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    Guiguiwanen White beach is mostly limestone rock formations with isolated stretches of white sands (again not as white or fine as in boracay), it is located 3 kilometers before barangay patar and patar white beach. the road to both areas are semi paved and to be able to savor the spectacular views in Guiguiwanen White beach, you must follow trails going to the isolated rock formations and beaches and like what i've said, these are unspoilt areas so you must bring your own equipment and food and swimming gear and transportation! again be careful when swimming since there are strong undercurrents.

    Paradise! pose white sands more! unspoilt beach!
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    Patar White beach 1

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 19, 2008

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    Bolinao Has Many Golden Sand Beaches but the the only White Sand Beaches (still not as pearly white or sugary fine like in Boracay) are located and barangay Patar near the Light House and barangay Guiguiwanen. Here is Barangay Patar it is mostly sandy beaches and in Guiguiwanen, it is mostly rock formations. The undercurrent is strong in Patar Beach and there are no life guards too so if you want to swim here, stay near the shore. Sun Bathing is also good here but remember, the Patar beach is unspoilt and the beach resorts are located 8 kilometers away so when in here, you must bring your own food, equipment and swimming gear.

    help! one of the many white sand beaches in Philippines! old photo heheh
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    Name it, They Have It!

    by belski Written May 1, 2008

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    You can go fishing, shell and coral collecting, kayaking in ilog malinao, play volleyball, or plain strolling while enjoying the beautiful scenery. Or simply enjoy the astounding kaleidoscope of colors during sunset.
    You can also ask the receptionist to arrange a bolinao trip for you. There are lots of things to enjoy in Bolinao.

    waiting for the beautiful sunset

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    Balingasay River "Cruise"

    by monina_c Written Apr 8, 2008

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    Balingasay River is reputed to be the cleanest river in the Region so it is really great to be able to explore a part of its length. The water is so clean and despite river traffic, the people still maintain its pristine condition.

    There's a lot to see as you sail along the river: century old and new growth mangrove stands, stretches of attap palms (regularly harvested and used to make roofing materials for nipa huts). balete trees hanging into the water, but most specially different species of birds making their home on the top of the trees along the Balingasay.

    The river connects the residents of the different barangays to the town of Bolinao. It serves as a "highway" and as you sail along it's length, a lot of curious locals will hail you and exchange greetings and smiles with you.

    mangroves boat carrying roofing materials from attap palm widely used japanese era boats
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    Eat some "kudin-kudin" (aka sea urchin)

    by monina_c Updated Apr 7, 2008

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    If you get a chance to visit Silaki or any of the islets in Bolinao, ask the locals if you can sample some kudin-kudin (sea urchin). The part of the sea urchin that can be eaten is located under the mouth and consists of the five sexual organs (the ovaries and testicles). It is nutritious (full of protein and fat) and tasty.

    The sea urchins harvested in Bolinao are exported to Japan where it is served in sushi bars.

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    Patar Beach

    by chuck_taylor Updated Mar 21, 2008

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    One of the few unspoiled beaches I've been to. Perfect for beach bums:) Depending of what time of the year you go, sometimes the waves can be strong for kids, but it shouldn't be any problems for adults or for those who can swim.

    View of Patar Beach
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    Hit the beach

    by Juds Written Dec 5, 2007

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    We came to Bolinao for the beach and we were initially dismayed to find that it was not what we imagined it to be -- clear water and sandy beaches. There were sandy beaches and clear water alright, but when you go to the water, you have to watch your steps for sharps corals, rocks and the occasionnal sea urchin. The were also seaweeds in most areas and during low tide, they're all you're going to see and some dots of small rocks scattered on the ocean floor. Luckily for us, it was hightide the next morning and we lost no time in heading for the water.

    Puerto del Sol's beach front at low tide
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    Explore the caves

    by Juds Written Dec 5, 2007

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    Because we arrived late in the afternoon already and left at noon the next day, we were only able to explore the Enchanted Cave. A cool experience, not just because the whole place is damp but the Enchanted pool looked so inviting and we could only wish that we arrived earlier so we could take a dip.

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    Enchanted Cave

    by monina_c Written Oct 16, 2006

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    This is a beautiful surprise for me. You can drop by Enchanted Cave on your way to Patar Beach.
    Enchanted Cave rivals Hinagdanan Cave in Bohol! The cave is well lit and the water is very clear and a little warmer than that of Hinagdanan's. It is actually one of three caves that is accessible to visitors but is cleaner and deeper than the other two. This cave is located within a privately owned property and is being managed by a family who also built some open sided huts for those who want to stay longer.

    Entrance is P10/pax if you're not taking a dip and P30 if you plan to swim in the cave.

    Entrance to the Cave Inside the Cave Picnic area at Enchanted Cave
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    Visit Patar Beach

    by monina_c Written Oct 16, 2006

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    Patar Beach is a cream colored sand beach down the road from the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse.
    It has good spread of clear sand beach and enough areas for snorkelling. A local told me that the area where the waves break is really the point where the rock shelfs down some 80-100 ft ideal for diving. In fact, on the way to Patar Beach, I spied a PADI certified dive shop.

    The resort we went to is one of the cheaper places on the stretch of beach which is okay for a day trip. If you plan an overnight stay, next to it is the more built-up and expensive Treasures of Bolinao.

    ...down there is the Treasures of Bolinao Resort Patar Beach
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    Caving Swimming

    by heydelin Written Nov 3, 2013

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    There's 2 caves in Bolinao and this one I forgot the name haha but after paying Php 70, we had the whole cave for us to swim and take photos. It was really nice!

    cave cave cave
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