Pangasinan Travel Information

The province occupies the northern portion of the central plains of Luzon with east-west configuration that extends into a peninsular form jutting into the China Sea. Its boundaries are Lingayen Gulf, La Union and Benguet on the north; neuva Vizcaya on the northeast; Nueva Ecija on the east; Tarlac on the south and Zambales and China Sea on the west.

The province is accessible from Manila via the Manila North Road. It is approximately 170 kilometers north of Manila and about 50 kilometers southwest of Baguio City.

San Carlos City is situated in Central Pangasinan and approximately twenty minutes ride southward from Dagupan City.

GETTING THERE. Dagupan City is the transportation hub of Pangasinan from Manila and about 59 kms. southeast of Baguio City. The City is accessible by buses which leave every 15 minutes from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. or even 10 p.m. There are several bus lines offering air conditioned coaches. The major road networks that crisscross the province are the Manila North Road via MacArhtur Highway and the North Expressway. Bugallon-Olongapo Road via Romulo Highway and the on-going construction of Rosales-Tayug-Umingan-Sta. Fe Road.

Pantranco North buses depart from Manila to Dagupan and from Quezon City to Alaminos (Hundred Islands) and Bolinao. The bus company also piles the Baguio-Dagupan route. The Dagupan Bus Co. operates between Cubao-Dagupan and Baguio-Dagupan. Victory Lines takes the coastal route from Olongapo to Alaminos and Dagupan. Other big buses that ply a route from Manila, Dagupan, Baguio an Bolinao are Five Star, City Trans, Philippine Rabbit, Philippine Rapid and MMTC. The roads from Baguio, San Fernando, and Vigan skirt the beaches of San Fabian.

Mini-buses, jeepneys, and tricycles provider intertown travel. Boats can be hired for island-hopping and special interest activities.

History : Created in 1580 by Gov. Gen. Ronquillo de Penaloza. Pangasinan was the earliest political and administrative unit in the Philippines. It was officially conquered and colonized by D. Martin de Goite in 1571. At the time, its territorial jurisdiction included the present province of Zambales and part of LaUnion and Tarlac. Lingayen was designated and remained up to the present the provincial capital. Binalatongan later named San Carlos was the largest town both in size and population. Dagupan then named Bacnitan was a sitio of Lingayen. It was converted into a regular town by the Augustinians in 1590. After the rebellion led by Andres Malong in 1660. Bacnotan was called nandagagupan then simplified to Dagupan which became the city´s official name since 1720.

By middle of the 19th century, the northern towns of Agoo to Bacnotan were separated from Pangasinan and became parts of the province of La Union. In 1875, its territorial bounderies were further diminished when Paniqui and other towns south of it were affixed to Tarlac.

Climate : The province experieces two pronounced seasons - dry from November to April and wet from May to October. Temperature from the lowlamds is greater than 7°C compared to the highlands. Coolest temperature occurs during December to February ranging from 24°C. Hottest months are April and May.

People : Pangasinan´s population is made up of Pangasinenses and Ilocanos. There are also Chinese mestizos, especially in Lingayen, who are descendants from the warriors of Limahong who were unable to escape. Today, they are a vital force in commerce.

How to get there. Dagupan City is the transportation hub of Pangasinan, 170 kms. from Manila and about 59 kms. southeast of Baguio City. The city is accessible by buses which leave every 15 minutes from 4 a. m. to 7 p.m. or even 10 p.m. There are several bus lines offering airconditioned coaches. The major road networks that crisscross the province are the Manila North Road via Mac Arthur Highway and the North Expressway. Bugallon-Olongapo Road via Romulo Highway and the on-going construction of Rosales-Tayug-Umingan-Sta. Fe Road.

Pantranco North buses depart from Manila to Dagupan and from Quezon City to Alaminos (Hundred Islands) and Bolinao. The bus company also plies the Baguio-Dagupan route. The Dagupan Bus Co. operates between Cubao-Dagupan and Baguio-Dagupan. Other bus companies providing transport to the province are: Victory Liner, Five Star, City Trans, Philippine Rabbit, Philippine Rapid and MMTV. The roads from Baguio, San Fernando and Vigan skirt the beaches of San Fabian. MInibuses, jeepneys, and tricycles provide intertown travel. Boats can be hired for island-hopping and special interest activities




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