PANGASINAN | The Gold Sand Beach of Patar, Bolinao | Lakad Pilipinas

The golden disc of the sun was retreating down Bolinao’s horizon. I hurried towards Patar’s reknowed public beach, my feet dragging on its golden sand, knowing full well that the window for the day’s most beautiful light would soon come to pass.

The fine sand of Patar Beach, sidely lit by the sinking sun, mimicked the gentle lapping waves of the shore. I took off my sandals and my toes promptly sank beneath the soft yellow granules. Quickly setting up my gear, I surveyed the seemingly endless beach and saw that besides the locals enjoying the sunset, we were almost the only tourist in the area.

I walked some meters and greeted a group of fisher folks untangling a fine-wire fishing net from their boat. Although tourism has slowly been making its way to Bolinao, most town folks still depends on the sea for their livelihood.

The sun kissed the horizon and was quickly enveloped by the vast sea. Kids seemingly oblivious to the majestic scene unfolding before them, ran, swam, paddled and played. This was probably nothing new to them; it must be as common to them as traffic jams are to city dwellers like us. What’s the big fuss, they must’ve asked each other.

In places like these, far from the bustle of the smog-filled metro, life’s at its most simple. Children prefer playing with boats and rafts to fancy toys and gadgets; their playground, not the streets but the never-ending shoreline of soft sand and crystalline waters. Their laughter and joy echoed through the early twilight.

The sun was gone but a vibrant afterglow remained. The day was still struggling to let go of its domain. Blues, magentas, yellows and oranges blared and angrily colored the sky of Patar. It was by far the most brilliant struggle I’ve witnessed.

Long was its battle with the coming darkness, but all things indeed must come to pass. The twilight won and pushed the golden light down the horizon. Electric blues covered Bolinao and darkness swept over the beach. Silence, everyone was awed by the fight for light. And almost at once, we all knew that it was over. We stood up, gathered our things and slowly walked back through the soft, golden sand of Patar.

Patar Golden Beach
Address: Brgy. Patar, Bolinao, Pangasinan
Entrance Fee: None

GPS Coordinates: 16.301255,119.780459
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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Saturday, March 23, 2013


  1. you just made me miss the sun-kissed waters of Patar. lovely photos as always!

  2. I've never seen Patar Beach on sunset like this before. Something that miss during my visit here last 2011.