I Traveled to Bolinao

Jumpshots at the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

Jumpshots at the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

I’m truly in love with jumpshots.When you’re in a beautiful place and feel like enjoying the area with a jump, jumpshots are the perfect way to express your feelings.     Here’s some great shots taken at the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse:   My favorite jumpshot! So cute.   And here’s another… although it’s not technically a jumpshot, it’s still cute.       Credits all go to Kuya Chris Catallo, who so willingly laid on the ground just to take these pictures. High five for great pictures Kuya!

Bing’s Beach Resort

Bing’s Beach Resort

So I admit I didn’t take much part in booking Bolinao resorts for my family during our family outing. I’ve booked many times in other places that got cancelled, so I figured I must be the bad luck. This time, my sister did all the searching on where to stay in Bolinao. She was the one who contacted Bing’s Beach Resort and booked us a place to stay in Bolinao for April 20 – her birthday. When we arrived at Bing’s Beach Resort – which was, I admit, a lot more than I expected, they had run out of the rooms that we reserved – already a bad sign for me. I hate reserving a room and then not getting the room I expected. I know my sister had a P1800 room reserved that I don’t know what happened because we ended up paying more for our room. Bing’s Beach Resort is divided into two – the resort near the beach, and the resort across the road which is the main hotel. Bing’s is located in the farthest part of Bolinao – where there are less streetlight and is just a short ride to the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse, although not close enough to Patar Beach or Solomon’s. The road isn’t cemented well here so expect a bumpy ride. There is

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How to Go to Bolinao?

How to Go to Bolinao?

How to go to Bolinao from Manila?   If you have a car, it would be easy to learn how to get to Bolinao especially because there’s no other main road from Alaminos. However, if you’re commuting, you have to rely on good old fashioned buses and tricycles. From Manila, you can take a bus straight to Bolinao from: Dagupan Bus Line in New York St., Cubao going to Bolinao, ordinary bus costs Php 305.00 Phone #: 929-6123, 727-2330 Victory Liner, Cubao, Q.C. going to Bolinao, air conditioned bus costs P410 Phone # 727-4534 Five Star Bus Line in Pasay City going to Bolinao, air conditioned bus P415 Phone # 8516614 Philippine Rabbit in EDSA, Q.C. going to Bolinao Phone # 734-9836 Travel time takes 6-7 hours. You can also take a bus from Manila (Cubao – Victory Liner or Buendia) going to Alaminos. Fare is around P347 from Cubao and if from Pasay P388. Travel time to Alaminos takes 5-6 hours. From Alaminos, you can also take a non-air conditioned bus going to Bolinao. These buses leave every hour. If you don’t like buses and despise a dusty ride, there are also vans from Nepo Mart going to Bolinao. Travel time to Bolinao town is 45 minutes to 1 hour. From Bolinao town, take a tricycle or hire a

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Bolinao in Less Than 15 Hours

Bolinao in Less Than 15 Hours

I woke up at 5am the next morning on our 2nd day in Pangasinan. I was ready to go see the sunrise at the lighthouse. Not everyone was as ready as I was – the unfortunate thing about touring with the family is that while I may not have to pay for anything, when it comes to the itinerary, we never know what may happen, especially because I have two younger brothers who don’t really like waking up at 5am in the morning. We missed the sunrise, but no matter, I was ready for a day of Bolinao fun. The first place we went to was the famed Lighthouse or Cape Bolinao Lighthouse. It was closed so we couldn’t come up. The caretaker came about a few minutes later and offered to borrow the key so that he could open it for us. We said yes, but if we stayed too long to wait, we’d miss our whole itinerary. We took some pictures and then headed off to Patar Beach. Patar Beach is better than the beach in front of Bing’s, although if you prefer less waves, Patar Beach shouldn’t be on your list. Unlike Bing’s beach, there’s no ledge in Patar and the rough waves go all the way to the shore. However, the beach and shores of Patar

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Twilight Jumpshots in Bolinao

Twilight Jumpshots in Bolinao

Right after our Hundred Islands tour, we headed straight to Bolinao where we had booked at Bing’s Resort, one of the resorts with a high rate at Tripadviser and many blogs. The ride to Bolinao was bumpy. I had slept probably half way to it; however, I remembered that the ride from Bolinao town to Bing’s or the farthest end of Bolinao was bumpier than it was from Alaminos. We did enjoy the scenery though, since Fiesta was coming up for Pangasinan, the road was decorated with shells-turned street lights. It was already around 5pm and we were excited to see the sunset. On the road going to Bing’s, we could see the setting lights in the skies and the shallow waters surrounding Bolinao. By the time we reached Bing’s the sun was quickly going down and we had to make use of the setting time as quickly as we could. I’ve heard Bolinao has great sunsets but unfortunately, the cloudy skies were going to prevent the sunset I had dreamed of. Even my sister who’s been to Bolinao hasn’t seen the famous beautiful Bolinao sunset. Even so, I’m a romantic so the beautiful lights were enough to captivate me.   And to capture my favorite jumpshots.. well, and failed jumpshots… We stayed at Bing’s for the night and since

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St. James Parish Church, Bolinao

St. James Parish Church, Bolinao

It’s only recently when I began to like history. I practically failed my AP classes in high school and I really don’t like reading / learning repeat topics like Rizal and the whole Spanish/American era. It’s not that I don’t respect it, admit it, no one likes re-learning things you’ve already gone through before. It’s just really – boring. However, if you’re there to see the actual history in cement and physical being, that’s a different story. One of the most amazing places in Pangasinan is the St. James Parish Church located in Bolinao, Pangasinan. This church was built in 1609 by a group of Augustinians. From outside, the church definitely looks ancient. Inside the church is a collection of life-size statues made out of wood. Unfortunately, at the time of my visit, the top part of the church was still under renovation so the wood and materials were still visible. The altar is simple, no special gold marks or anything, but its simplicity and antiqueness has a very special aura that you can’t deny the beauty of a simple church that is still untouched by today’s modernity.   The Church held a short play during our mass there on Holy Thursday. The play was very impressive with actual lights and sound effects that went well with the Passion of

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