Pangasinan is a province in Ilocos Region of in northern Luzon, the chief island of the Philippines. The capital of Pangasinan is Lingayen. Being in a somewhat fertile plain, the area is known for agricultural products like corn crops carabao milk, duhat wine, nipa hut roofings, tuba and other products.
- 1 Dagupan home of bangus (milkfish) and a chartered city located in Pangasinan. Bangus Festival is celebrated annually every month of April.
- 2 Urdaneta economically prosperous agricultural and customer service center in Ilocos region.
- 3 San Carlos "Mango-Bamboo Capital of the Philippines", and a cultural and historical center of Pangasinan. Site of the Mango-Bamboo Festival every April, an event marked by green and yellow colors, delicious mangoes and durable bamboo handicrafts and the hospitality of San Carlos' people.
- 4 Lingayen provincial capital of Pangasinan and famous for its fermented fish sauce or that so-called bagoong.
- 5 Alaminos home to the famous Hundred islands
- 6 Sison site of mountains, waterfalls.
- 7 Dasol very much oriented around the China Sea.
- 8 Bolinao known for its white sand beaches, Patar beach and its product Binungey also known as Bamboo cake.
- San Nicolas a place with many waterfalls from the Caraballo Mountain Range and a number of rivers that serve as a picnic ground for vacationers during holidays and summertime.
- 1 Umbrella Rocks. is a nature's masterpiece in Agno, these rock formation are mushroom/umbrella shape boulders along the mouth of Balincaguing River, in Sabangan.
- 2 Sunflower Maze. is a giant maze on a farm in Tayug. The 2,600-m² sunflower maze consists of more or less 8,000 sunflower plants in its 3-hectare farm. It was set to open in public on February 17, 2017.
The name "Pangasinan" can be ambiguous; it can refer also to the people and the language.
Pangasinan's name derives from the word for "place of salt", with the root word "asin" (salt). Salt production is the main source of income, but the local economy has since diversified. It is the richest province among the four in Ilocos Region.
The local people are of the same name, Pangasinan, but the region has been heavily settled by Ilocanos from the north. Other ethnic groups are the indigenous Sambal peoples, who live in western Pangasinan.
While historically linked to Central Luzon, Pangasinan is rather lumped up as part of Ilocos Region.
- Most people of Pangasinan, especially central Pangasinan, speaks the Pangasinan language (also called Pangalatok, but Pangasinan people consider this name derogatory).
- Ilocano is spoken in the western and especially the eastern part of Pangasinan such as in Santa Barbara municipality.
- Many establishments use the national language known as Filipino that is based on Tagalog.
- English is widely-spoken in the province especially by the youth.
- Bolinao is spoken in portions of the municipalities of Bolinao and Anda in the province of Pangasinan.
Victory Liner runs buses every hour from Manila to Alaminos, Lingayen or Dagupan (and vice versa), with stopovers at Dau and Tarlac City; some buses continue onward to Baguio through MacArthur Highway/Manila North Road (Route 2). Five Star, Victory's sister bus line, also serve the same destination pairs, but they also have a trip from Santiago in Isabela with an ordinary (non-air-conditioned) bus.
Pangasinan is served by the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway since 2015, shortening travel time from Manila. Taxis can take you to the province, but is expensive
There is no airport in Pangasinan with commercial flights, and the two only airports, in Lingayen and Binalonan, are mostly used by general aviation and flying schools. The nearest major airport is in Angeles. There are plans to build a new airport at Alaminos, but construction is stalled by political debate.
Like other Philippine provinces and cities, jeepneys, bus and tricycles are very common. In some parts, there are sidecars or pedicabs.
- Mountain hiking or picnicking in the mountains of San Nicolas, Pangasinan.
- Go island hopping and snorkelling in Hundred Island National Park.
- Visit Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine, the Minor Basilica in Pangasinan.
- Visit the largest dam in the Philippines and 16th largest in the world, the San Roque Dam located near San Manuel.
- ̈ Patar White Sand Beach
- Dipalo River scenic area in San Quintin municipality
For a fishy experience, try the fish market in Dagupan.