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The Magic of Bolinao

Bolinao: beautiful, mysterious, wild and free

I’m not quite sure what I expected when I first set foot on the sandy shores of Bolinao, but I can tell you how I felt as soon as I took a whiff of the fresh sea air from that little coastal town of western Pangasinan: just magical.

Admittedly, getting there is quite a trek. From Manila, it takes about five to six hours by car, but it’s a beautiful drive; the roads are smooth and the view quite picturesque.

Delicious and refreshing, fresh mango shakes (our welcome drinks) from the popular Sundowners Vacation Villas
Delicious and refreshing, fresh mango shakes from the popular Sundowners Vacation Villas
Treasures from the sea (which we gently placed back into the water)
Treasures from the sea (which we gently placed back into the water)
Care for some fresh uni?
It doesn’t get any fresher than this

The funny thing is, prior to this trip, Bolinao was nowhere on my radar of places to must see. I had maybe heard about it once or twice in passing, but no words exchanged with acquaintances ever really compelled me to give it a second thought.

Bolinao's oldest church, St. James the Great. A Spanish colonial structure over 400 years old
Bolinao’s oldest church, St. James the Great
A peek inside
A Spanish colonial structure over 400 years old
A glimpse of the devout
A glimpse of the devout
Don't miss out on the famous Binunguey (suman sa kawayan or in English, rice cake cooked in bamboo), located near the entrance to the church. A sweet delicacy you definitely must try when you visit
Don’t miss out on the famous Binunguey (suman sa kawayan or in English, rice cake cooked in bamboo), located near the entrance to the church. A sweet delicacy you should try when you visit
Sungayan Grill, a highly lauded floating restaurant along the most pristine river in the country,  The Balingasay River. I'll be back for sure
Sungayan Grill, a highly lauded floating restaurant along the most pristine river in the country, The Balingasay River. I’ll be back for sure
Kain na! (Let's eat!)
Kain na! (Let’s eat!)

Now, I’m convinced that this was deliberate, for Bolinao has the air of an untouched paradise – you can’t help but want to keep her a secret. There is a rawness and a purity to her beauty that evokes a sense of protectiveness.

You just want to keep her all to yourself.

The famous Patar Beach
The famous Patar Beach

In fact, it took me quite some time to come up with this post. I made my way to Bolinao during the first few days of March to attend the baptism of my Goddaughter, and now summer is already over, and I have had very many excursions to other seaside destinations in between

A spectacular sunset at Birdland Beach Club
A spectacular sunset at Birdland Beach Club

and yet, the magic of Bolinao still permeates my daydreams of a memorable, blissful and bright summer of 2016.

Love,

Celine

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4 comments

  1. Annabelle says:

    Hello. I’m belle from pangasinan i just want to ask few things. I have been through alot of places but haven’t thought of blogging it out in the web. How can i create such blogs like yours in an easy way? Thanks

    • Celine says:

      Hi Annabelle, thanks for writing me πŸ™‚ Blogging is so much fun! You absolutely must do it if it’s something you think you want to do πŸ™‚ If you don’t want to commit to having your own website yet, maybe try micro-blogging via your Facebook or getting a free one like blogspot. I also recommend you take lessons in photography. That helped me a lot and I can recommend a good instructor if you need one πŸ™‚ Thanks again!

      • Annabelle says:

        Thank you so much for sharing some tips… I would love to get intouch with you once in a while. You made me realized that blogging is not just posting or boasting what you’ve experienced its how you tell a story with a fulfilled heart with wonderful trips and encounters through traveling. Thank and hope to hear from you soon.

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