Talaba Festival in Alaminos

Talaba Talaba Festival in Alaminos PhilippinesThe Talaba Festival is held every March in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. The talaba, or oyster in English, is one of the gems of seafood cooking in many of the city’s households, especially those near the sea. A festival is held in celebration of its succulent taste that grace many dishes, casual and exotic alike. People can be found cheering the contestants in an oyster-shucking contest or licking their lips at the floating aroma and creative presentations of various delectable dishes entered in a cooking showdown or maybe do more than just watching and just tucking in to an oyster feast in one of the local dining houses, which often give generous extras during the celebration. Continue reading

The Sambal Culture

Mango Festival Iba Zambales The Sambal Culture PhilippinesThe Sambal occupy the northwestern flank of the Zambales Mountain ranges and the western tip of Pangasinan. The recognized dialect groups are: (1) Botolan, (2) Tina, and (3) Bolinao. The Sambal population in Pangasinan number some 29,795 while in Zambales there are some 89,010 (NSO 1980). Nationally, there are 118,805 (NSO 1980).

From linguistic studies, it appears that the Sambal language is closest to a variety of Tagalog known as “Sinaunang Tagalog” which is spoken in Tanay, Rizal. This has been interpreted to mean that the Sambal-speaking peoples were originally living about the Tanay, Rizal area and started moving northward as the Austronesian Tagalog from Continue reading

The Pangasinan Culture

Tuyo Fish The Pangasinan Culture PhilippinesThe Pangasinan (Panggalatok, Pangasinense) live in the peninsula projecting west into the South China Sea just north of the Zambales mountain ranges. The densest areas are in San Carlos City (117,850), Dagupan City (101,131), and Malasique (79,808). The national population is some 1,159,176 (NSO 1990).

Made fertile by the Agno river and its tributaries streaming down from the southern end of the Cordillera mountain ranges, the area is lush with vegetation and agricultural production. To the west, at the tip of the peninsula are the Bolinao, a Sambal-related people; to the south are the Sambals. Continue reading

Hundred Islands Festival in Alaminos

Hundred Islands Festival Alaminos Hundred Islands Festival in Alaminos PhilippinesThe Hundred Islands Festival is the most anticipated and largest crowd-drawer event in Alaminos City. Lavish celebration marks the Hundred Islands Festival. Exhilaration rides the atmosphere with the string of athletic and challenging pursuits like sky diving competition, skills Olympics or island adventure race, inviting the thrill-seeking foreign and local tourists. Sighs of awe and approval can be heard as the best of aqua products and seafood cuisine enjoys center stage. Restaurants often let out the latest and most sumptuous menus during the festival. A trade fair also usually graces the occasion. Continue reading

Lingayen, Pangasinan

Lingayen Gulf Lingayen, Pangasinan PhilippinesLingayen is the capital of Pangasinan province, and is located on the island of Luzon. During World War II, Lingayen was where the Allied armies landed during the Invasion of Lingayen Gulf. Its long beach served as runway for several attack planes.

The municipality got its name from a certain corpulent tamarind tree that grew at the present town plaza. The tree was exceptionally big, tall and spreading that the surrounding trees were just dwarfs in comparison. Passersby developed the habit of looking back and back again at this corpulent tree until it would vanish from their view. When they arrived Continue reading

Bolinao

Bolinao Bolinao PhilippinesBolinao has a varied landscape even on the beach; on one part are sharp, rugged boulders where waves crash violently (be careful in this part), while in another is a smooth stretch of pure, cream-colored sand. It also has a 20-kilometer coral reef sprawl that’s home to king mackerel, trevally, and the endangered taklobo.

Patar is the quintessential Filipino beach where huts are arranged on the shore: seafood and beer abound. And of course, you’ll hear someone belting out the latest pop songs on the karaoke. Continue reading

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 Bolinao city, 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, Pangasinan

Alaminos City Alaminos City, Pangasinan 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. Continue reading

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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