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