PANGASINAN | A Bolinao Postscript

Friday, March 29, 2013

Waiting for the Sunrise at Patar Beach in Bolinao

The sun arose with me on my last day in Bolinao. I have witnessed its demise the previous afternoon, radiating a final magenta warmth over the whole land and introducing multitudes of tiny sparkling stars as the twilight passed into evening. Now I await as it slowly resurrected itself at the other side of the land, unseen from the rocky shoreline of Patar Beach where I was currently standing, again waiting for it to paint the land with its golden hues.

Sunrise at Patar Beach in BolinaoIt peeked through the mountains, through the trees; transmitting yellows, oranges and reds. Painting the western clouds with soft pastels, providing the landscape with surreal colors. A sight blessed to those strong enough to ward off the temptations of a soft bed and a cozy blanket.

Crazy Waves at Patar Beach in BolinaoThe tide was at its lowest but the waves were at its worst. The plateau-like platforms replete with gold-colored seaweeds extending from the shoreline to the sea were now fully exposed. I can see how it forms some sort of a jigsaw, extending further than what I reached the previous day.

More Crazy Waves at Patar Beach in BolinaoBut the waves were not to be trifled with. Much as I liked to reach the farthest platform, I can just imagine how everything would look from that vantage, the strong sucking tides bade no way for me to do so. I was not about to leap into the unknown and risk everything for a single frame of photograph. My limits has been made known to me a couple of years back when I backpacked solo to Sagada.

Almost Magical at Patar Beach in BolinaoThe water crashed and ebbed like clockwork. Its massive power hypnotizes and lulls; surging upwards towards the platforms, it stops for a microsecond. Then it pulls back with all its might, straining the weeds backwards and creating a mini-waterfall back into the sea.

The Cliff at Patar Beach in BolinaoWith the pastel colors of the morning gone, I decided to climb a jagged cliff adjacent to where I was staying. There I found more of the curious sea platforms. They were also ridden with golden seaweeds, a sight which seemed particular only to Bolinao’s Patar beach area.

Morning Coffee at Patar Beach in BolinaoAnd after so many wet encounters, scratches and bug bites, everything ends on a cup of coffee; by the beach, with my feet up on a bamboo bench. What started as a posh invitation to review a swanky beach resort ended in a roughing it out, crazy wave-ridden escapade at the Patar Rock Formation. I did so many things and explored so many places that I cannot believe it has just been three days since I left for Pangasinan.

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

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  1. Wow! These photos are soooo beautiful! I haven't been to Bolinao, Pangasinan yet, but after seeing your shots, I'd love to come and visit some time soon :)

  2. just how poetic and well said was that! you're a genius! hehe

  3. Just how do you do that? Turn places to a magical scenery. Lovely! Fan of your works here!

    1. Err, you just wait for the right light, press the shutter and hope something beautiful comes out :)