Baley na Binmaley
Map of Pangasinan showing the location of Binmaley
|Region||Ilocos (Region I)|
|District||2nd district of Pangasinan|
|• Mayor||Simplicio Rosario (Lakas–CMD)|
|• Vice Mayor||Pedro A. Merrera (Lakas–CMD)|
|• Total||118.50 km2 (45.75 sq mi)|
|• Density||660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st class; rural|
Binmaley is located along the central coastland of Pangasinan facing the Lingayen Gulf, in between Lingayen and Dagupan City. On January 8–9, 1945, the amphibious forces of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur used the town's beach, designated as "yellow beach", alongside the beaches of Lingayen, Dagupan, and San Fabian, in their landing operations to liberate Luzon from Japanese occupation during World War II.
The town is famous for its bangus (milkfish) aqua-culture, due to the existence of its numerous fishponds (pokok in the Pangasinan language). However, because of constant siltation over the past several years from mine tailings upstream from Agno River (due to mine operations in neighboring Benguet Province), and the overuse of artificial fish feeds, the bangus industry has suffered from fishkill, fewer viable fishponds and lower harvests. As a result, many formerly productive fishponds have been converted into large commercial and residential lots. This phenomenon is beginning to seriously threaten the unique Binmaley fishpond industry. Current Government action is inadequate due to strong pressures from other competing commercial interests, not to mention fishfeed producers.
Binmaley's town center has a Baroque cathedral dating back to the 17th century. It also became famous throughout the Philippines for the outstanding academic achievements of students (and its distinctive corps of military cadets) from its Binmaley Catholic High School, especially when it was headed by a German priest, Fr. Leo Behneke, in the 60s and 70s. Its name roughly means "the place which became a town" or "went to town" in the Pangasinan language.
Binmaley, is famously known for its "Sigay Festival". The Pangasinan word sigay broadly translates to harvest, or a time to gather the rich yields of the farm, the sea, the ponds and the rivers. It also relates to a contraction of the words silew, meaning light, and gayaga, meaning merriment. It was Mayor Lorenzo "Enzo" Cerezo who pioneered and founded "Sigay Festival".
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|Population census of Binmaley|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
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- "Province of Pangasinan". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
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