|— Municipality —|
|Motto: Babali Ko, Kawananen Ko.|
|Region||Ilocos (Region I)|
|District||1st District, Pangasinan|
|• Mayor||Alfonso F. Celeste (Lakas Kampi CMD)|
|• Vice Mayor||Elias C. Quisay, Jr. Lakas Kampi CMD|
|• Total||197.22 km2 (76.15 sq mi)|
|• Density||380/km2 ( 980/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||3rd class|
Bolinao is politically subdivided into 30 barangays.
- Concordia (Pob.)
- Germinal (Pob.)
- Luciente 1.0 (J.Celeste)
- Luciente 2.0
- Samang Norte
- Samang Sur
- San Roque
|Population Census of Bolinao|
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.
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.
Hard coal spill
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.
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.
Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
The Cape Bolinao Lighthouse at Patar rises majestically 351 feet 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. Visibility is 20 miles 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.
- DZBO-FM 88.5 (Rural Airwaves Media Services)
- DZPB-FM 95.7 (Lokal Radio Station Group)
- "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
- "Province: PANGASINAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
- "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.
- GMA NEWS.TV, Sea creatures of Silaki
- Inquirer.net, Bolinao stakes claim to Mass held in 1324
- Inquirer.net, Bolinao to sue barge owners for coal spill
- Bolinao Business Directory, a website that features in-depth information about Bolinao,Pangasinan and Provides listings for known establishments and tourist spots in Bolinao.
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- Philippine Census Information
- Local Governance Performance Management System
||South China Sea||Lingayen Gulf|
|South China Sea||Anda|