This sprawling provincial capital has two architecturally distinct and culturally disparate districts, one Spanish and the other American. The older, more populous Spanish section escaped the destruction World War II. It was built inland and clustered around the plaza with its municipal building and the market. The newer American seafront district is more spacious, with a promenade and wide-spreading flame trees.
|Places to See|
- The Provincial Capitol, constructed in 1912 during the term of Gov. Daniel Maramba, was one of the first to be built in the country. This imposing “Potomac Greek” building has marble columns and spiral staircase and its roof was where Pres. Manuel L. Quezon hosted elegant receptions and parties before World War II. Its west wing was restored after destruction by shelling in 1945.
- The Co-Cathedral of the Three Kings, built in 1712, was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1892. It was damaged during the July 1990 earthquake and later repaired. Its dome was built by Fr. Miguel Aparicio (parish priest from 1826 to 1834). It was made into a cathedral on May 19, 1928 and was made the seat of the Lingayen Diocese with Msgr. Cesar Ma Guerrero as its first bishop. Its interiors have fine specimens of religious art in wood and metal and its belfry is the tallest in the country.
- The Lingayen Gulf War Memorial, at the Provincial Capitol Compound, has a stone marker marking the landing site and World War II photos of the Lingayen Landing in 1945. The open-air War Museum has relics of this period: a Japanese Nakajima "Kate" torpedo bomber, ant-aircraft guns and two repainted U.S. tanks.
- The Sison Cultural and Heritage Center, built in 1927, was formerly known as the Grand Provincial Auditorium. It was later renamed as the Sison Auditorium after the late governor Teofilo Sison, the first Pangasinense to become secretary of National Defense. The auditorium has been restored and refurbished and is now a venue for cultural activities.
- The Limahong Channel, in Brgy. Domalandan, is a landmark left by the Chinese corsair Limahong. It consists of a tunnel dug for 4 months and which served as his escape route towards Lingayen Gulf on August 3, 1575. It flows to the sea.
- The 11.5 km. long Lingayen Beach was the landing place of American troops of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. It now has picnic sheds and bathhouses located 20 m. from the shore.
- The Ramos House was the birthplace of former AFP chief-of-staff and Philippine president Fidel V. Ramos and sister Leticia Ramos-Shahani. It was destroyed during World War II and restored in January 1995. It now houses family mementos.
- Lingayen was founded by Augustinian friars in 1614.
- During World War II, Lingayen Gulf was the landing point for Japanese Gen. Homma and his 43,000 troops on December 22, 1941
- On January 9, 1945, Gen. Douglas MacArthur landed with 68,000 American troops during the liberation.
- The town’s name was derived from the word meaning “looking back.”
Lingayen is the birthplace of:
- Fidel V. Ramos (March 18, 1928) - AFP chief-of-staff and 12th Philippine president (1992-1996);
- Alfredo R.A. Bengzon (October 20, 1935) - Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Government Service and Secretary of Health.
|The town is noted for its wood furniture making industry and its bagoong (fish paste), also known as maniboc (referring to its place of origin, Brgy. Maniboc) is the best in the market. Pond-cultured fish (tilapia, malaga, prawns, etc.) and bangus (milkfish) are raised here. Sweet bocayo (coconut candy), tamales (steamed cake filled with pork, chicken and spices) and native bibingka are made here.|
|Location and Topography|
|Lingayen is situated on an island in the Agno River delta|
- Area (sq. kms.): 47.32
- Population (2000): 88,891
- No. of Barangays: 32
- Income Class: First
- District: Second
- Zip Code: 2401
- Area Code: 075
|Where to Dine|
- Alexis Grill - Maramba Blvd.
- Bodgie’s Restaurant - Narciso Ramos St.
- El Puerto Marina Resort and Spa, along Don Martin Domingo St., Brgy. Pangapisan North, offers Pangasinense, Filipino and International cuisine. Tel: 542-5328. Fax: 542-2285.
- El Tonee’s Restaurant - Gov. Maramba Blvd.
- Hotel Consuelo Restaurant - Gov. Maramba Blvd. cor.Alvear St. (24 hours, Chinese cuisine and seafood, tel: 542-4823, 542-8932 & 662-2528)
- Lobby Cafe - Lingayen Gulf Beach Resort, Provincial Capitol Grounds (tel: 542-5871 & 542-6304)
- Uncle Sam Restaurant – Poblacion (tel: 542-6899)
- Urduja - Lingayen Gulf Beach Resort, Provincial Capitol Grounds (tel: 542-5871 & 542-6304)
- Well’s Bar and Restaurant - Bengson St.
|Where to Stay|
- The Philippine Tourism Authority-managed Lingayen Gulf Beach Resort, a Class “A” resort along Alvear St. at the Provincial Capitol Grounds, has 14 aircon rooms with bath (one executive and 13 standard, PhP715-2,750), three non-aircon rooms with bath (two attic and one dorm), restaurant, dormitory (PhP150/pax), coffee shop, two function rooms (50-60-pax Urduja and 25-30-pax Kalantiaw) and a swimming pool. Tel: 542-5871 & 542-6304. Manila booking office Tel: 524-2495 & 524-2502. Fax: (632) 525-6490.
- El Puerto Marina Beach Resort and Spa, along Don Martin Domingo St., Brgy. Pangapisan North, has 23 aircon rooms with bath and TV (beach view, 1-bedrm. suite, superior, deluxe, bungalow, PhP2,100-4,110), pavilion restaurant, bar (with wi-fi), swimming pool, jacuzzi, outdoor jacuzzi, spa, fishing alley, karaoke, air rifle range, picnic huts and offers indoor (pingpong, darts, billiards) and outdoor (beach volleyball) games, aquasports (pedalboats, kayaks, surfboards, skimboards), bicycles, all-terrain vehicles for rent and Hundred Islands tours. Tel: 542-5328. Fax: 542-2285. Cel: (0917) 867-3908. E-mail: email@example.com. Manila sales office: 56 Margarita St., Magallanes Village, Makati City. Tel/Fax: (632) 852-3404 & 986-8877. Cel: (0920) 950-6822.
- Hotel Consuelo Resort and Restaurant, at Gov. Maramba Blvd. corner Alvear St., has 53 aircon rooms with bath and cable TV (single, twin, matrimonial, de luxe, suite, PhP750-2,700). It also has a restaurant, swimming pool, function hall and private videoke room. Tel: 542-8932-33, 662-2528-29 & 542-8923. Fax: 662-2280.
- Letty and Betty Cottages has non-air-con rooms or cottages (PhP200-300).
- Lion's Den Resort has nonair-con rooms with bath (PhP350) and a restaurant.
- The President Hotel, along Gov. Maramba Blvd., has aircon rooms with bath and TV (single, twin, matrimonial), restaurant and function room. Tel: 542-3056.
- Viscount Hotel, a lodging house along Alvear St., has one aircon and seven non-aircon rooms with bath and a restaurant.
- El Jardin Hotel and Restaurant - Torres Bugallon St. (tel: 542-6637)
- El Tonee’s Hotel and Restaurant - Gov. Maramba Blvd.
- PSU HRM Training Center - Alvear St. (tel: 542-5862)
- Redondo Inn - Sto. Niño St. (tel: 542-4750)
|How to Get There|
Distances (Lingayen to:)
- Manila: 227 kms. (4.5 hrs., City Transport Corp., Dagupan Bus Co. Inc., Five Star Bus Co., Inc., Metro Manila Transit Corp., Mina's Transit Corp., Philippine Rapid Transport, Victory Liner and Viron Transit)
- Baguio City (Benguet): 94.9 kms. (3 hrs.)
- Victory Liner - Rizal St. (tel: 542-3984)
- Viron Transit - Maramba Blvd. (tel: 542- 6356 & 572-4025)
Lingayen has a small airport used for chartered flights.
|Tourist Information Center|
- Mayor’s Office – Municipal Hall (tel: 542-6028)
- January 4-6 (fiesta)
- May 1 (St. John the Baptist, Pista y' Dayat Festival) - this seaside festival is a thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest from the sea and prayers for a better sea harvest for the following year. Activities include Holy Mass on the beach, fluvial parade, marathon and selection of Limgas na Dayat. Center of festivities is Lingayen Beach.
- Equitable PCI Bank - Avenida Rizal East
- Equitable PCI Bank - Perez Blvd.
- Landbank - Avenida Rizal, Lingayen West
- Philippine National Bank - Avenida Rizal East cor. Maramba Blvd., Poblacion (tel: 542-6020, fax: 542-6882)
- Philippine Veterans Bank - Rizal cor. Bengzon Sts.
- Philippine Veterans Bank - Kalantiao Bldg., Provincial Capital Compound
- PNP Provincial Command - tel: 542-6436 and 542-6012
- Office of the Provincial Director, PNP – tel: 542-6016
- City Police – tel: 542-6037