Gali kayo ta salien yo’y abig tan limgas na Pangasinan!
Come and experience the goodness and beauty of Pangasinan!
Pangasinenses invite you to make it Pangasinan. We have what it takes to let you experience the best times of your life.
For sports, history and architecture buffs, nature lovers, adventurers, families-on-bonding-trips, food enthusiasts, pilgrims, and plain excursionists, we offer Pangasinan as your choice destination and vacation home.
Pangasinan represents the best of provincial Philippines – glorious with historic past and cultural heritage, a paradise with its rich, abundant resources and panoramic land and seascapes, and progressive with its warm, industrious people. The Philippines’ coastal and country destination, Pangasinan today is more vibrant, dynamic and simply marvelous!
When our visitors speak of Pangasinan that “thrives with its world-class facilities and functioning, efficient and achievement-laden delivery of public services by its government”, we say, we do take care of our visitors here.
Great discoveries and memorable experiences are in store for each and everyone in Pangasinan. Gali kayo!
Ancient-Malayo Polynesians of the Austronesian stock established their settlements along the Lingayen Gulf. They were proficient in salt-making which became their primary industry, and thus called their home, Pangasinan, which means “the place where salt is made”. While this is the common name for the coastal areas, the inner areas where the small bamboo species called “bolo” abounds were popularly known as Caboloan. The name Pangasinan stuck as its inhabitants traded with India, China and Japan as early as the 8th century A.D.
Colonized by D. Martin de Goiti in 1571, Pangasinan was soon made an encomienda by the Spanish royal crown and was among the earliest political and administrative units created in the Philippines as it was officially organized in 1580. The Augustinians and the Dominicans spread Christianization as they built imposing stone churches throughout the province. The Spanish government established Lingayen town as the provincial seat of government and opened Sual town as an official port of foreign trade.
The later part of the 19th century or the on-set of the Philippine American War saw General Emilio Aguinaldo momentarily setting up the Philippine Republic’s capital in Bayambang town. General MacArthur and General Lawton’s successful link up with General Wheaton in Dagupan City however, marked the end of overt warfare in Pangasinan and completed the American conquest of the province.
The American colonial rule established the US “Thomasites” education system as school buildings were built. Agricultural development and industrialization followed suit. During World War II, the Lingayen Gulf was a strategic location for allied forces to liberate Luzon from the Japanese Imperial forces. The US government remained a strong ally during the Philippine rehabilitation period after the war.
Throughout the years, Pangasinan gradually progressed, harnessing its people and wealth of natural and cultural resources to the hilt especially in these recent years.