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Anyhow, this travel post is actually from last year. Why only now? Well, aside from the fact that I only started this blog last December, this trip is actually what inspired me to go backpacking. Don't worry, I had friends with me. ^__^
It all started with me resigning from my previous work. My close friends there and I do meet up from time to time but we realized that we haven't traveled out of town together. We all pitch in on which places to go and what to do. Either it was too far, too expensive or the place has already been visited by one of us. Out of desperation, we randomly picked a place from a website. So off to Bolinao we went.
That was all we had. Just a place. We haven't booked a hotel or lodging or no plans of what to do once we get there. Crazy, right? Lol.
Anyway, Bolinao is a municipality in the province of Pangasinan.Travel time is between four to five hours from Manila on a regular air-conditioned bus. We left the Victory Liner terminal in Pasay at about one thirty in the afternoon. The bus ride has three stopovers and we arrived at Bolinao at about quarter to five.
|Sights Guide at the Bus Terminal|
|Meet Joey and Jo-e!|
Our next stop was the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse. Overlooking the South China Sea, the lighthouse was built by Filipino, British and American engineers to guide boats to the shore. They said that it's the 2nd tallest lighthouse in the Philippines. Unfortunately, it was closed when we went there. Nonetheless, we had fun taking pictures and running around like kids. We enjoyed the breathtaking view of the ocean from the platform located at the back of the lighthouse too!
|Cape Bolinao Lighthouse|
|Patar White Beach|
The next day, we headed out to see Bolinao Falls. It's a bit of trip since it was far from the highway and the town center. There's an entrance fee of Php 20.00. We didn't go for a swim because there were already a lot of people there but it was still worth to see the beauty of Bolinao falls. If only whe had brought life vests we could have done some cliff/falls diving (huhu...). Kuya Ton said t's actually more beautiful if there were a lot less people there because we can admire the emerald waters. The only thing is that the road to the falls are still rough. The tricycle had a hard time going up and down.We actually busted a tire on our way back. Oh well, that's another adventure in itself, haha!
Then we went back to Patar Beach again. There were a few people this time! We had an awesome time playing around the beach. We swam and swam until we were sneezing sea water from our noses! Haha! Our last stop was the St James Parish Church. It was built in 1609. The church is actually made of black coral stones (how cool is that?) They said that its bell tower was once the tallest in the whole of Luzon. It had also served as a fortress against pirate attacks.
|St James Parish Church|
Before heading home, we did a bit of souvenir shopping and bought some "Binungoy" or "Binungey". Binungoy is a Bolinao delicacy and a variation of rice cake or suman that is mixed with coconut milk and salt, wrapped inside banana leaves and cooked inside a bamboo. Yummy! ♥
|Thank You Bolinao!|
Given that we only had a place in mind but no plan, our Bolinao trip was still an awesome adventure!
Bus Fare to Bolinao = Php 450.00
Lodging = Php 3,200 (3D2N divided by 3)
Tricycle Tour = Php 800.00 (divided by 3)
Enchanted Cave = Php 70/person
Bolinao Falls = Php 20.00
Food = 500/person (Covers the 3D2N stay)
Bus Fare to Manila = Php 450.00
TOTAL COSTS PER PERSON: Php 2860.00