Bolinao, Pangasinan

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Official seal of Bolinao
Motto: Babali Ko, Kawananen Ko.
Map of Pangasinan showing the location of Bolinao
Map of Pangasinan showing the location of Bolinao
Bolinao is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°20′N 119°53′E / 16.333°N 119.883°E / 16.333; 119.883Coordinates: 16°20′N 119°53′E / 16.333°N 119.883°E / 16.333; 119.883
Country  Philippines
Region Ilocos (Region I)
Province Pangasinan
District 1st district of Pangasinan
Founded 1575
Barangays 30
 • Mayor Arnold Del Fierro Celeste
 • Vice Mayor Alfonso Del Fierro Celeste
 • Total 197.22 km2 (76.15 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 74,545
 • Density 380/km2 (980/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2406
Dialing code 75
Income class 3rd class

Bolinao is a third class municipality in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 74,545 people.[3]

Sea urchins are regularly harvested at Isla Silaki, Bolinao.[4]


Bolinao is politically subdivided into 30 barangays.[2]

  • Arnedo
  • Balingasay
  • Binabalian
  • Cabuyao
  • Catuday
  • Catungi
  • Concordia (Pob.)
  • Culang
  • Dewey
  • Estanza
  • Germinal (Pob.)
  • Goyoden
  • Ilog-Malino
  • Lambes
  • Liwa-liwa
  • Lucero
  • Luciente 1.0 (J.Celeste)
  • Luciente 2.0
  • Luna
  • Patar
  • Pilar
  • Salud
  • Samang Norte
  • Samang Sur
  • Sampaloc
  • San Roque
  • Tara
  • Tagapuro
  • Tupa
  • Victory
  • Zaragoza


Folk etymology attributes the name "Bolinao" or this remote fishing enclave from the fish piece "monamon" but commonly called "Bolinao" by the Tagalogs, Bicolanos and the Visayans. A theory also points out that once upon a time "pamulinawen" trees grew luxuriantly along its shores, thus, the Ilocano migrants who crossed the Lingayen Gulf named it phonetically similar to the name of the tree. Nowadays, however, such tree does not exist anymore.

This town formerly included the neighboring town of Anda, but Anda became an independent municipality on May 26, 1849.

First Mass[edit]

On November 18, 2007, Bolinao challenged the historical fact that the first Mass was held on March 31, 1521, Easter Sunday, at Limasawa in Southern Leyte. Memorial markers (donated by Italian priest Luigi Malamocco, 62, from Odorico’s hometown of Friuli, Italy) were set in the town’s church and on Santiago Island, claiming that in 1324, Franciscan missionaries led by an Italian priest named Odorico celebrated a thanksgiving Mass thereat and also baptized natives.[5]

Hard coal spill[edit]

Bolinao Mayor Alfonso Celeste said the local government will file damage suit against Indonesian owners of the barge APOL 3003. The University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UPMSI) stated that the environmental damage was P 54.9 million ($1 =- P 40). The barge towed by a tug boat from Indonesia to the power plant in Sual, Pangasinan on November 27 when Typhoon “Mina” winds destroyed its anchor and rope, then hurled to Ilog Malino reef, spilling 95% of its coal cargo. The hard coal spill spread to 330,000 square metres of coral and sea grass areas.[6]


Population census of Bolinao
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 49,202 —    
1995 53,127 +1.45%
2000 61,068 +3.03%
2007 69,568 +1.81%
2010 74,545 +2.55%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][7]


Main article: Bolinao language

The people generally speak Tagalog, ilocano and their own unique native language called Bolinao. The Bolinao language is closely related to Sambalic. Bolinao was part of the province of Zambales from mid-18th and was turned over to Pangasinan in 1903. Most people generally understand and speak English.

Ilocano speaking barangays: Arnedo, Balingasay, Cabuyao, Catuday, Catungi, Culang, Estanza, Ilog-Malino, Lambes, Luna, Patar, Sampaloc, Samang Sur, Samang Norte, San Roque, Tara, Tupa, Zaragoza.

Bolinao speaking barangays: Binabalian, Concordia, Dewey, Germinal, Goyoden, Lucero, Luciente 1st, Luciente 2nd, Liwa-liwa, Pilar, Salud, Victory.

Cape Bolinao Lighthouse[edit]

Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

The Cape Bolinao Lighthouse at Patar rises 351 feet (107 m) above sea level atop Punta Piedra Point, a towering hill of solid rock which is the sharp point of Cape Bolinao itself. It was built by the Americans in 1903 on a 351 feet (107 m) high promontory at the western part of Cape Bolinao, the lighthouse still sends signals to vessels passing by the area.

The lighthouse provides a panoramic view of a portion of the 1,269 hectare Cape Bolinao Dendro Thermal Ipil-Ipil Plantation on a land area where archaeological excavations have revealed relics from the 14th to the 15th centuries. Filipino, British and American engineers constructed the lighthouse in 1905.

According to the Bureau of Geodetic Surveys, the land elevation is 250 feet (76 m). Visibility is 20 miles (32 km; 17 nmi) at midsea towards the lighthouse in Poro Point. The winding stairway has 6 platforms with 20 steps or rungs for a total of 120 steps plus 14 more to the illumination room, or an over-all total of 134 steps.


Tertiary schools:

  • Bolinao Lighthouse School of Tourism and Learning Center Ilog-Malino Campus

Secondary schools:

  • Public
    • Arnedo National High School
    • Balingasay National High School
    • Binabalian National High School
    • Bolinao School of Fisheries
    • Catubig Integrated School
    • Catuday National High School
    • Dewey National High School
    • Ilog-Malino National High School
    • Liwa-liwa Integrated School
    • Luciente II National High School
    • Luna National High School
    • Pilar National High School
    • Sampaloc National High School
    • Tupa Integrated School
    • Zaragoza National High School
  • Private
    • Cape Bolinao High School

Elementary schools:

  • Public
    • Arnedo Elementary School
    • Balingasay Elementary School
    • Beda Elementary School
    • Binabalian Elementary School
    • Bolinao Integrated School (formerly Bolinao Central School)
    • Cabuyao Elementary School
    • Catubig Integrated School
    • Catuday Elementary School
    • Catungi Elementary School
    • Culang Elementary School
    • Dewey Elementary School
    • Estanza Elementary School
    • Gagaban Elementary School
    • Goyoden Elementary School
    • Ilog-Malino Elementary School
    • Lambes Elementary School
    • Liwa-liwa Integrated School
    • Lucero Elementary School
    • Luciente 1st Elementary School
    • Luciente 2nd Elementary School
    • Luna Elementary School
    • Patar Elementary School
    • Pilar Elementary School
    • Salud Elementary School
    • Samang Norte Elementary School
    • Samang Sur Elementary School
    • Sampaloc Elementary School
    • San Roque Elementary School
    • Tanobong Elementary School
    • Tara Elementary School
    • Tupa Integrated School
    • Victory Elementary School
    • Yabyaban Elementary School
    • Zaragoza Elementary School
  • Private
    • Senor Santiago Learning Center
    • Bolinao Christian School



  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: PANGASINAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  4. ^ GMA NEWS.TV, Sea creatures of Silaki
  5. ^, Bolinao stakes claim to Mass held in 1324
  6. ^, Bolinao to sue barge owners for coal spill
  7. ^ "Province of Pangasinan". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 

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