Pangasinan is a province 250 kilometers north on Manila. The province is bordered by the provincesof Zambales and Tarlac on the south, Nueva Vizcaya and Nueva Ecija to the east, La Union on thenorth and the Lingayen Gulf to the west. The name Pangasinan was derived from the word "asin" orsalt due to Pangasinan's vast salt making industry. The province is also a major producer of mangoes, rice, milkfish and bamboo handicrafts. Today, Pangasinan is more known for its most populartourist attraction which is the Hundred Islands NationalPark. A cluster of more than a hundred islands off thetown of Alaminos on the Lingayen Gulf. Of which, thebiggest island is named Quezon. Most of the islands aresmall and uninhabited and are only occasionally visitedduring the day by local and foreign tourist. Most of thebigger islands have beaches where visitors can spendthe day or camp out for a picnic.However, only a few of these island have facilities.Those that offer facilities are: Quezon Island withviewing decks, toilets and picnic sheds, the Governor'sIsland has accommodation facilities for those who would like to stay longer and the Children's Islandwhich has bathrooms, camping and sleeping areas. Now, visitors to the Hundred Islands can better enjoy their vacation with water sports facilitiesoffered for rent at Lucap Waterfront (Tel # +63 75 5512246) for activities like jet skiing, windsurfing,kayaking, snorkeling, parasailing and big game fishing.
Other Tourist Attractions of Pangasinan:
Places of interest in Pangasinan are: the 2 lighthouses in Bolinao: the CapeBolinao Lighthouse in Barangay Patar and the Port Bolinao Lighthouse inGuigui-wanen in Barangay Luciente; the Tara waterfalls in Bolinao; the pristineBalingasay river; Antong Falls in the town of Sison; the Urduja House inLingayen; the Salasa Church in Bugallon; Mount Balungao in Balungao;Manleluag Spring National Park in Mangatarem; Bolinao Museum; Sanctuariode Senor Divino Tesoro in Calasiao; Redeemer’s Cross; Agno Umbrella Rocksand the Lingayen Gulf War Museum in the town of Lingayen. For the adventurous, there are several cavesin Pangasinan waiting to be explored. There isthe Cacupangan cave in the town of Mabini, Cindy’s cave in Bolinaoand the 200 meter Villacorta Caves in the town of Villacorta withwaterfalls, pools and rock formations.Aside form the beaches found on the Hundred Islands, one need notget a boat ride to get to a beach in Pangasinan. The coastline of Lingayen Gulf is blessed with numerous beaches for tourist andvacationers. There is the Bonuan beach, videoke stalls to match andother beaches that dot the coastline of Pangasinan.