Driving Around Pangasinan: Binmaley, Sual, & Alaminos

Last Saturday (13 February 2021), my family and I had a little road trip around western Pangasinan, a province in the Philippines that is approximately 3-4 hours from Manila. Though filled with beautiful beaches, Pangasinan is not as frequented by tourists (they usually drive straight to La Union, Vigan, or Baguio). I’m not very proud to say that even though I’m from here, I only have the slightest idea of what’s there to see in Pangasinan. Maybe I should join my parents’ weekly drives to see and learn more about the place. Hehe

b i n m a l e y

We first stopped by Binmaley, a town we apparently used to frequent when I was young. We parked the car, stepped out, and stayed put for a while.

s u a l

We drove past Labrador to Sual and had our lunch at an eatery called Suasalakot. It’s right off the highway, right beside a viewpoint overlooking the sea. It reminded me so much of the views you get when driving through Marcos Highway.

a l a m i n o s

Alaminos is home to the most established tourist destination in Pangasinan — the Hundred Islands. There are apparently 100 islands, hence the name, but the actual count depends on the tide. I’ve been to the area once before, but I’ve never been to the islands per se. We only went to the park where you can sit and enjoy the view of the islands. You can even see the replica of the Christ the Redeemer Statue!

After visiting the park, we started driving back home and stopped by McDonald’s for iced coffee and fries. I was hoping my “chocolate coffee” would make my headache that appeared out of nowhere to go away. So that’s that for our little roadtrip. πŸ™‚

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