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The Stars Above Patar, Bolinao

My steps crunched loudly on the pebbles littering the beach. I tried to make my way to the hut above the hill overlooking Patar’s Rock Formation but I can barely see anything. It was seven in the evening and it was pitch black outside my lonely thatched room at the Rock View Resort.

The Milky Way Above Patar, BolinaoLast night I saw the Milky Way. It was crawling its slow way out of the distant horizon. Even with its millions of suns, it still took a few minutes before my eyes adjusted to the dark and I was finally able to make it out from the multitude of stars.

The Stars Above Patar, BolinaoI wanted to see it again tonight, so I braved the night. Borrowing a flashlight from the resort owners, I mustered all the courage I thought I have and went out into the darkness.

The Stars Above Patar, BolinaoThe only sounds beside my sandy steps were the slow whisper of the wind, the heavy crash of the waves and occasional howl of stray dogs. I kept thinking of abandoning this mad night jaunt and simply turn back. Shooting the heavens without a companion is a surefire way to give one’s self a serious case of the heebiejeebies.

The Stars Above Patar, BolinaoSo why do it at all?

Because it’s not every day that you get to gaze at a sky filled with millions of stars. It’s not everyday that the Milky Way appears above the heavens. And it’s not every day that you’re given a chance to capture it as a photograph. You risk everything, you overcome your fears, you step into the unknown to capture something that is truly beautiful.

Bolinao Location Map

Bolinao’s Patar Rock Formation
Address: Brgy. Patar, Bolinao, Pangasinan
Entrance Fee: None


GPS Coordinates: 16.316927,119.782444
View Location on Google Maps: Click Here


Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, March 28, 2013


  1. Kuya ang galing ng shots :) Awesome!

  2. ganda! amazing shots! paturo ako nyan minsan christian ha ^_^

    1. Sure Doi, madali lang yan actually. Ang pinakamahirap dyan eh yung paghanap ng lugar na walang noise pollution :)

  3. anong ISO ang gamit mo nito Christian. :-). Yong higher talaga? Ganda ng mga shots. Will try to do this one.

  4. breathtaking images! fave ko yung me mga puno saka yung last one!

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    1. Yeah I guess so Kath, pero would you believe it took me hours to produce just a couple of worthy shots? Ang hirap mag compose in total darkness, sobrang trial and error :P

  6. Pwede ko bang i-copy paste yan tapos gawing wallpaper sa sobrang ganda... Amazing talaga ang starry night shots!

    1. Which one do you like? PM me your e-mail address and I'll send you a wallpaper-sized copy :)