Ilocos Region

Ilocos Region Ilocos Region PhilippinesRegion 1 or the Ilocos Region is composed of four provinces and a city—Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, and Dagupan City. Majority of the population speaks Ilocano, the third largest spoken language in the Philippines, although a significant number also speak Pangasinense.

The region has a coast and hilly ranges that are prone to typhoon in the wet months, but devastatingly hot during the dry season. This is the backdrop of Ilocano food. It’s salty due to the proximity to the sea. There is even an entire province named after asin (salt) in Pangasinan. Fish is preserved by drying, and of course, reduced into a paste or sauce by fermentation.

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Bolinao Branch Museum

Bolinao Branch Museum Bolinao Branch Museum PhilippinesThe Bolinao Branch Museum was initially an archaeological museum established following an archaeological excavation that yielded finds of cultural ‘ value. Through the support and assistance of the local government which donated the lot for the construction of the building, the site was developed into a multi-disciplinary museum featuring natural history objects and ethnographic and archaeological materials collected from the neighboring towns in Pangasinan. Continue reading

Alaminos City

Alaminos City Alaminos City PhilippinesAlaminos is undeniably a growing trade, commercial and educational center of Western Pangasinan. Owing to its strategic location and with the presence of the world-famous Hundred Islands National Park, and with its abundant natural resources, the municipality is one of the growth centers in Region I. With such inherent strengths, traders and businessmen continue to come to Alaminos. Investments propelled the economic development of the town.

Alaminos used to be a part of Bolinao which was one of the nine towns in the northernmost part of Zambales. A certain Suyang led a group of Zambals in search for a greener pasture. The group journeyed north from the mountains of Zambales, their native land. Eventually, they came upon a shoreline and decided to settle there. Fishing became their main source of livelihood. They named their settlement after their leader—Suyang.

Suyang (already existing as a barrio of Bolinao as residents have known), located on a large mountain base, was reestablished by Don Gaspar Montoya, Don Nicolas de San Jose, Don Domingo de Guzman, Don Nicolas Purificacion and others. It was a beautiful plain which offered a beautiful panorama surrounded by enchanting forests interposed alternately in its verdant fields. The barrio rose approximately to a height of some 15 or 20 meters above sea level.

In 1735, the people of Barrio Suyang built their church, convent and a tribunal house. They subscribed voluntarily for the acquisition of the image of the Patriarch St. Joseph as patron of the barrio. At first, the settlers considered their new home a paradise. Aside from the bounty that the sea brought them, the place commands a panoramic view of Capurwapurwan and Cabaruyan Islands (Hundred Islands and Anda, respectively).

Unfortunately, after a brief period of time, the settlers found the place not suited for habitation. Typhoons frequented the area, continuous pestilence of their livestock was observed which give them a notion that this was caused by evil spirits. These events made the settlers decide to look for another place to occupy.

It was in 1737 that the transfer of the said barrio took place. The people brought along with them, the image of Patriarch St. Joseph (their patron saint), together with all the furnishings and fixtures of the church, the town hall, private houses and other buildings. The new site was named Casborran (perhaps pertaining to the plants that robustly abound in the area) by the inhabitants.

The barrio was located on a high level site approximately one meter above sealevel. The place has a clayey soil and with no irrigation facilities. The water from the wells was brackish and was unfit for drinking.

In 1744, a delegate of the Superior Government of the Philippines made a visit to Barrio Casboran. The inhabitants therein took the opportunity of presenting a petition to convert the barrio into an independent town. It was, however, in 1747 when the petition was approved converting the same into a town independent from its mother town, Bolinao.

Directions to Hundred Islands National Park

Hundred Islands National Park Pangasinan Directions to Hundred Islands National Park PhilippinesA trip to Hundred Islands National Park and its home, Alaminos City, is a great diversion from the hustle and bustle of the busy, urban life. Breathe in the refreshing views – rice paddies, azure sea – and the rustic and peaceful lifestyle as you make your way to Alaminos City. And upon arrival, savor the city’s unique and dynamic spirit, friendly atmosphere and especially, the beauty and adventure that lies in the hundred wonders that is Hundred Islands.

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Bolinao Pangasinan Pangasinan PhilippinesThe third biggest province in the whole Philippine Archipelago, derived its name from salt or “asin” in the vernacular. Owing to the rich and fine salt beds which were the prime source of livelihood for the province’s coastal towns, PanagASINan or “Pangasinan” which means “where salt is made” came to be its name.

The province is crescent-shaped and occupies 536,818 hectares of land area which constitutes almost one-half (41.8%) of the total land area of Region 1 and 1.8% of the total area of the Philippines. Composed of four cities and 44 municipalities, it is bound on the north by the Lingayen Gulf, La Union and Benguet, on the north-east by Nueva Vizcaya, on the east by Nueva Ecija, on the south by Tarlac, Continue reading

Lingayen Gulf Landing Anniversary

General Douglas MacArthur Lingayen Gulf Landing Philippines Lingayen Gulf Landing Anniversary PhilippinesThe Lingayen Gulf Landing Anniversary occurs every January 9 and commemorates the arrival of General Douglas MacArthur at Lingayen Gulf in Pangasinan. The date marks a turning point in the war and the beginning of the liberation of Lingayen from Japanese occupation. Continue reading

SM City Rosales Cinema – Movie Showtime Schedule

sm cinema movie theater logo SM City Rosales Cinema   Movie Showtime Schedule PhilippinesThe SM City Rosales has four movie theaters. The address of the cinema is McArthur Highway, Carmen East, Rosales, Pangasinan. Their telephone contact number is +63(2) 584-4313 and 489-8696. The mall opens daily at 10:00 and is open until 10pm in the evening.

For the current movie listings, seating availability, tickets, and movie times schedule at the SM City Rosales Cinema 1, SM City Rosales Cinema 2, SM City Rosales Cinema 3, and SM City Rosales Cinema 4 screens, click the official SM City Rosales Cinema web site HERE

SM City Rosales Operating Hours

044 SM City Rosales Operating Hours PhilippinesSM City Rosales shopping mall’s hours of operation is daily from 10:00am in the morning until 10:00pm in the evening. The shopping mall is located at MacArthur Highway, Barangay Carmen East, Rosales in Pangasinan.

SM Rosales includes the SM Department Store, the SM Hypermarket (grocery store), SM Appliance Center, National Bookstore, Ace Hardware, Watsons, and the SM Cinemas.

Their contact telephone number is +63(075) 696-0052 and 696-0140. For more information, event and cinema movie schedule, directions, location info, customer service and more, visit the official SM City Rosales web site by clicking HERE.