PANGASINAN | Rediscovering the Treasures of Bolinao | Lakad Pilipinas

Patar Rock Formation Bolinao

A chasm dropped beneath the shallow seabed, its opening, an angry mouth overgrown with golden seaweeds. It was frothing. Alive. The fuming sea filled it one moment, the rift, swallowing it the next; a furious repetition that hypnotizes. I stood at its edge, watching it dance, when a particularly massive wave slammed the dinosaur-like coral rock just behind it. It broke my reverie, remembering I was towing a camera with me.

Treasures of Bolinao Resort Lobby
TREASURES OF BOLINAO LOBBY

Treasures of Bolinao Resort
AN OVERVIEW OF THE RESORT FROM THE MAIN HOUSE ROOF TOP

It was almost three years since our last visit to Bolinao, a place where lasting friendships has been kindled. We were definitely excited when an invite to revisit it presented itself. We boarded a bus from Cubao one afternoon and arrived at Bolinao’s Poblacion close to midnight.

Patar White Beach Bolinao
THE NEARBY PATAR WHITE BEACH

Like the last, we’re staying along the town’s famous Patar White Beach, but this time, we’re sleeping on a more posh location, the Treasures of Bolinao Beach Resort. It became our home for two nights in Patar, and what a home it turned out to be.

Treasures of Bolinao Resort Room
OUR ROOM FOR TWO NIGHTS

We were billeted at their Standard Room in their New Villa Building. The room is minimally decorated with framed black and white photographs, a couple of plush chairs and a foldable sofa bed. Its two queen-sized beds were good enough for four, but since we were only two, it was really quite spacious.

Treasures of Bolinao Resort Room
STANDARD ROOM AT THE NEW VILLA BUILDING

The toilet and bath is adequate enough (has hot shower, no bidet though) and the room has a veranda overlooking the central drive which has a mini version of the Bolinao Lighthouse. This was where we downed our bottles of sake before finally going to bed.

It wasn’t really until the next morning that we got to see what this resort has to offer.

Patar White Beach Bolinao
AFTERNOON STROLL AT THE PATAR WHITE BEACH

Treasures of Bolinao sprawls on acres of land right in front of the beach. On its back stands the iconic Bolinao Lighthouse, on its left, Patar’s White Beach is accessible directly from the resort, and the strange Patar Rock Formations, unique to the area, guard its right flank. Hands down, this resort has the best location in all of Patar.

Treasures of Bolinao
THE MAHARLIKA BUILDING

Treasures of Bolinao Pool
INFINITY POOL OVERLOOKING THE WEST PHILIPPINE SEA

Treasures of Bolinao Pool
SOAKING IN THE SUN

It is the resort that started the tourism boom in Patar several years back. From a single structure, it has now expanded into six resort buildings totaling the number of rooms to sixty five. The latest building, dubbed as the Main House, is now being readied to open right before the summer starts. Treasures of Bolinao has two pools, one inside the grounds and the other, an infinity pool over looking the West Philippine Sea.

Patar Surfing Bolinao
WAS SURPRISED TO SEE A SURFER AT PATAR

Treasures of Bolinao Patar
ONE OF THE MANY OPEN CABANAS AT THE RESORT

We got a glimpse of these while waiting for our complimentary silog breakfast to be served at their restaurant’s al fresco tables. We were watching a lone surfer, out breaking the waves, as our first meal of the day arrived, tapsilog for C and the superb Alaminos garlic longganisa—also paired with fried rice and egg—for me.

Treasures of Bolinao Patar
SWIMMING ON THE WATERS IN FRONT OF THE RESORT

Patar White Beach Snorkeling
THERE’S A GOOD SNORKELING SITE AT THE PATAR WHITE BEACH, BUT THERE’S ALSO ONE NEARBY

Quickly finishing everything off, we took a walk at the Patar White Beach, reminiscing the first time we visited the place, before running towards the water to swim and snorkel. The waters on the left side of the resort, protected by a natural surf break, was very calm and was quite good for wading. Part of it has a sandy bottom, with its fringes filled with rocky corals populated by colorful little fishes. It isn’t as deep as those at the far end of the White Beach, with maximum depth at around four feet. Very safe for kids, but still deep enough for a relaxing swim.

Patar White Beach Rock Formations
HYPNOTIZED BY THE WAVES HITTING THE ROCK FORMATIONS

There were quite a few weekenders walking along the shallow midpart of the waters, we followed suit. Since the tide was at its lowest, the sea was just about shin deep. We watched as some kids played dangerously near the edge of the seabed that forms the surf break, waiting for the waters to explode as it slams into the rock platform.

Patar White Beach Rock Formations
THE MINI BEACH AND ROCK FORMATIONS AT THE RIGHT FLANK OF THE RESORT

A blowhole sprayed seawater as we passed, to the shrieks of kids near it, and a massive wave several meters away from the farthest edge almost made me tumble. This is a wild place. Eventually, after our measured steps, we reached the small cove at the right side of the resort. The water was also very shallow, but there were a couple of natural pools or bath tubs one can soak in.

Treasures of Bolinao Restaurant
AIR-CONDITIONED RESTAURANT AREA

Treasures of Bolinao Restaurant
SHRIMP AMPALAYA, SURPRISINGLY GOOD

Lunch came just right on time, crispy nilasing na hipon (fried battered shrimp marinated in wine), shrimp sautéed in ampalaya (bitter gourd) and bowls of sinigang na tahong (mussels in sour soup). Everything was quite good.

Treasures of Bolinao Restaurant
THE RESTAURANT SERVES BOTH FILIPINO AND WESTERN DISHES

An advice for those ordering at the restaurant, make sure to place it in advance, like hours before your actual meal, since their current kitchen staff are a bit limited and can be swamped with orders during peak hours.

Treasures of Bolinao Sunset
PATAR BEACH FACES THE WEST

On one of the open bungalows extending towards the sea, we spent the rest of the afternoon, sipping on glasses of very cold beer while watching beach goers cross the shallow sea towards the surf breaks and rock formations. The setting sun signaled our final shot.

Treasures of Bolinao Sunset
SUNSET AT TREASURE OF BOLINAO’S SIGNATURE BRIDGE

Treasures of Bolinao Sunset
MESMERIZED BY THE WAVES HITTING THE ROCK FORMATIONS

We scampered over Treasure of Bolinao’s iconic white bridge to watch and photograph the golden hour, the sun, blazing fully, bathing the waters in fiery oranges, before retiring down the horizon; the sea rising and breaking through to the shore in massive waves.

Treasures of Bolinao Sunset
A PERFECT SUNSET AT THE TREASURES OF BOLINAO

Internet signal is quite hard while in Patar. The resort has wi-fi at its lobby, but it is understandable slow. We were advised by one of their friendly staff that their signal is much stronger at the roof deck of the new building. And so, to the rooftop we went.

Treasures of Bolinao Bridge
TWILIGHT AT THE TREASURES OF BOLINAO

Indeed, notifications started to flood our phone as soon as we stepped on the deck. We were quite busy, checking e-mails, posting on Instagram and Facebook, that we almost didn’t notice the moon rising over the hill where Bolinao Lighthouse stood.

Bolinao Lighthouse Evening
MOONRISE AT THE BOLINAO LIGHTHOUSE

It was a full moon, and its proximity to the lighthouse cannot be more perfect. I’ve never seen Bolinao’s landmark in such a magical way. And I probably wouldn’t have witnessed this rare moment anywhere else, a final gem to cap our first day in Patar. Treasures of Bolinao, indeed.

~ OUR GRATITUDE TO TREASURES OF BOLINAO FOR INVITING US FOR A PATAR WEEKEND GETAWAY

 

 

Treasures of Bolinao
Address: Brgy. Patar, Bolinao, Pangasinan
Contact Number: (075) 696-3266 | (02) 413-4914 
       (0908) 853-0000
Email: info@treasuresofbolinao.com
Room Rates | Daytour Rates: PHP385.00 adult,
        PHP280.00 kids, PHP4,000.00 cottage
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GPS Coordinates Map: 16.306095, 119.780731






Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

4 comments:

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    1. Salamat, sir Glen! Treasures of Bolinao has a really good location!

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    2. Wala naman sumasagot sa mga contact nyo...

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    3. Even the landlines? Medyo mahina cellphone signal sa kanila kasi

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