Pangasinan was among the earliest political and administrative units in the Philippines. It was officially conquered and colonized by D. Martin de Goiti in 1571. On April 5, 1572, Pangasinan was made an encomienda by the Spanish royal crown to receive instruction on the Catholic Faith, which means that Pangasinan was organized under one leadership and has identity before the Spanish royal court. Eight years later, in 1580, Pangasinan was organized into a political unit under an alkalde mayor who at that time has authority as head of the province or provincial government with judicial function indicating that Pangasinan has become a province. To commemorate the day when Pangasinan became an encomienda and the year it became a province, Pangasinan celebrates April 5, 1580 as the official founding day of the Province of Pangasinan. At that time, its territorial jurisdiction included the Province of Zambales and parts of La Union and Tarlac. By the middle of the 19th century however, the northern towns of Agoo to Bacnotan were separated from the province and became parts of La Union. The provincial territory was further diminished in 1875 with the annexation of Paniqui and other towns south of it to Tarlac.
Pangasinan, derived its name from the word “panag asinan”, which means “where salt is made”, owing to the rich and fine salt beds which were the prior source of livelihood of the province’s coastal towns. – pangasinan.gov.ph.
Sites to Visit
- Hundred Islands
- Patar Beach
- Bolinao Falls 1 and 2
- Enchanted Cave
- Tondol Beach
- Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
- Death Pool
- Our Lady of Manaog National Shrine
- Sunflower Maze
BEACH AND ISLAND ACTIVITIES
- Dragon boat racing
- Swimming / Kayaking
- Recreational water activities (banana boat, fly fish, helmet diving, parasailing)
- Snorkeling / Scuba Diving
- Stand-up paddle / Skim boarding
- Beach volleyball and soccer
- Inter-island Zip lining
- Island hopping
- Power Kite and Kite Land Boarding
Explore Pangasinan’s unique ecotourism sites and special interest sites for your educational trip or unique culinary experience.
- Learn about marine resources
- Dine in a floating restaurant
- Learn how salt is made
- Enjoy Pangasinan Cuisine
Pangasinan has numerous foothills, terrains and caves that offer divers array of challenges for sports enthusiasts and nature trekkers.
- Mountain biking
- ATV riding
ATHLETICS, SPORTS & CYCLING
The province has a handful of world-class sports facilities which can accommodate national and even international sports meets. The province’s extensive and well-maintained highways and roads also provide a paradise for the professional and amateur cyclists.
- Athletics (i.e. track and field, road running, Paralympics, etc.)
- Team Sports (i.e. Basketball, Football, Volleyball, etc.)
- Combat Sports (martial arts)
- Dance Sports
- Cycling (road bicycle cycling)