Bolinao is a #3rd class municipality in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. It has a population of 69,568 people in 12, 182 households according to the latest census.

Folk etymology the attributes the name "Bolinao" on this remote fishing enclave from the fish piece "Monamon" but commonly called "Bolinao" by the Tagalogs, Bicolanos, and Visayans. There is a theory also points out that once upon a time "pamulinawen" tress grew luxuriantly along its shores thus, the Ilocano migrants who crossed the Lingayen Gulf named it phonetically similar to the name of the tree. But nowadays, such tree does not exist anymore. Legend, also relates that during the time of Spanish era, a lovely lass nicknamed "Anao" live at the present site of the town proper. She used to bathe leisurely for hours under the Boli-Bolinao tree, where a chieftain's son who lived across the channel saw her and then wooed. An early marriage ensued but with the condition, among others, that the seat of the chieftain's government be moved to that place where Anao lived.There they are were to stay rulers hence, the name of Bolinao, Boli-Bolinao and Anao.

Most people, generally understand and speak English. They can speak Pangasinan, but they have their own unique language called Bolinao; Brought in by Sambal settlers during colonial rule.

Bolinao Pangasinan is politically subdivided into 30 barangays.

  • Arnedo

  • Balingasay

  • Binabalian

  • Cabuyao

  • Catuday

  • Catungi

  • Concordia(Pob.)

  • Culang

  • Dewey

  • Estanza

  • Germinal(pob.)

  • Goyoden

  • Ilog-Malino

  • Lambes

  • Liwa-Liwa

  • Lucero

  • Luciente 1.0

  • Luciente 2.0

  • Luna

  • Patar

  • Pilar

  • Salud

  • Samang Norte

  • Samang Sur

  • Sampaloc

  • San Roque

  • Tara

  • Tupa

  • Victory

  • Zaragoza

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It is accessible by all kinds of land transportation. Buses and Van are the most common type of transportation that carry passengers in and out of the municipality via the Camiling Tarlac road.


The Cape Bolinao Lighthouse is located at Brgy: Patar Bolinao Pangasinan 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 has 140-steps winding stairway of the tower leads to the illumination room and the lantern is visible 44 kilometers away.
The late Bolinao historian Catalino Catanaoan said the original light machine was manufactured in England, while the lantern, with three wicks and chimneys, was imported from France.

Presently it is more than a hundred years old. It is one of the five major lighthouses in the country and the second tallest, next to the Cape Bojeador lighthouse in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. It has become a prominent landmark that tourist’s frequent and guiding ships and vessels cruising the international passage along the South China Sea.

In 1999, the lighthouse was renovated through a loan package extended by the Japanese government to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), which is in charge of the facility. Aside from repairing and repainting the tower, they also included the assistance such as setting up solar panels, a new apparatus and two beacon lights.

The lighthouse was fueled by kerosene during its first 80 years of operation. When the Pangasinan I Electric Cooperative extended its lines to Patar, the lanterns were powered by electricity.Presently the management of the said Lighthouse was turned over to the government of Bolinao.

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