10 Photos that Make You Wanna Explore Cabongaoan Beach in Pangasinan

Frankly speaking, Pangasinan is underrated. They have amazing beaches that are yet to discover. And so this summer, we hit the road for a long trip to Western Luzon – Pangasinan instead of going south. Original plan is to visit Patar Beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan but later changed to Burgos – also in Pangasinan to wrap up the summer season. Bolinao is known for its very own Patar Beach, which is rich in mocha-color sand and amazing rock formations. But unknown to many – well, atleast for now, other than Bolinao, Pangasinan has Burgos, a 4th class municipality located at the westernmost point of the province. If Bolinao is rich in beautiful beaches, Burgos has its own share of worthy-beach destination.

Here are 10 stunning photos that make you wanna visit Cabongaoan Beach now.

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Cabongaoan Beach is definitely Burgos’ pride. A decent beach with fewer crowds compared to Patar Beach in Bolinao. This perhaps is the reason why we chose Burgos over Bolinao, to avoid the over-crowded beach and spend time at the beach quietly. The beach is still virgin. It has yet to be explored. In fact, the road to Cabongaoan Beach is quite rough. It took us four-hour drive from Carmen to Burgos town proper. Then an additional 45 minutes to reach the beach area. But the long and winding road to the beach is all worth it. The moment we reached our destination, I immediately ran to the beach side and was amaze with the view and the crystal-clear waters of the ocean.
30 minutes walk from the resort we stayed is where the so-called “Death Pool” The death pool is a deep tidal pool beside the sea. I am not sure why is it called the death pool though. But according to locals, it is a term to describe the natural swimming pool that forms near the beach whenever the tide comes in and fills it with saltwater. It’s pretty scary that’s why I didn’t go closer to take photos of it. Yet, beach-goers seems to be enjoying at the pool Other than the “death pool”, there are a number of rock formations and sea cliffs in Cabongaon Beach that are also instagram-worthy. So I took as many photos as I can. Plus, I was able to witness a beautiful sunset by the beach.
We stayed overnight at Puerto del Baher where we rented a small bungalow house with three air-conditioned rooms for PHP7,000. Since the resort is not fully-developed yet, and the place is quite remote there are no available restaurants or stores where you can buy and eat foods during your stay at the beach. Prior to our trip to Cabongaoan, we have to buy our food from the town’s marketplace and cook at the resort. For more information and reservations, you may visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mhargee.puertodelbaherresort/

Traveling to Burgos from Manila may take so much time but I assure you the long drive will be worth it. The “death pool” is a must-see attraction, and the beach, you’ll definitely fall in-love with it.
Here’s a short guide on how to reach Cabongaoan Beach when commuting.
• Take buses going to Alaminos, Pangasinan
o Bus lines: Five Star, Victory Liner, Solid North, Dagupan Bus (from Cubao or Pasay)
• Take another bus from Alaminos going to Burgos
• From Burgos, charter a tricycle to take you to Cabongoan Beach (approximately PHP300/one way)
• I suggest to get the contact number of the tricycle driver so he can pick you up from the resort the next day

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Mount Pulag: Wandering in the Playground of the Gods

Dubbed as the Playground of the Gods, Mt. Pulag, the third highest mountain in the Philippines (Mt. Dulang-Dulang is a few meters higher) and the highest in Luzon is undoubtedly the most prominent mountain in the country. Despite its easy-trail via Ambangeg, it will take you eight-hour hike to summit and back compare to the other trails where it will take you days to finish its traverse. Climbing Mount Pulag has been in demand these days. Almost everyone, from beginners to veteran mountaineers wants to climb Mount Pulag. Who wouldn’t want to visit Mount Pulag? It’s a worthy-destination you should include in your bucketlist. Here are top five reasons why you should climb the “playground of the gods” and why you should do it now!

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1. Experience the majestic view. Once you reach the first summit, the only thing you’d want to do is to bring out your camera and take photos of the captivating view at the summit. Anywhere on top of the mountain is majestic and you will definitely fall in love with every view.

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2. Everything is rich in nature. Everything Mount Pulag offers is purely nature. It is a home of the nation’s rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. It is the natural habitat of the endemic Dwarf Bamboo and the Benguet pine which dominates the areas of Luzon tropical pine forests found on the mountainsides.

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3. Chase the beautiful sunrise. One of the best reasons why Mount Pulag is one of the best destinations is because of its magical sunrise that you get to witness on its peak. Baguio Hotel

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4. Be amaze of the clean environment. Mount Pulag offers you an opportunity to appreciate the goodness of the land. Because of its clean environment, the beauty of the mountain cannot be taken for granted. The park is well-maintained by the DENR and the locals. That is why it’s called the “playground of the gods”.

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5. Dream above the “sea of clouds”. Mount Pulag is prominent for its “sea of clouds” that you can view at the summit. It is like heaven on Earth when you reach the peaks of the mountain. The view is just surreal. It is one of my main reasons why I want to climb Mount Pulag. And I just got lucky to witness the sea of clouds because of a perfect clearing at the top.

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Another bucketlist unlocked this year. It has been my dream to climb Mount Pulag. I was lucky enough that have traveled in the best time where the weather is good and there is clearing, good enough to witness the sea of clouds. It was an experience I will never forget, but surely will do more.

Trail Love

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Trail Running became a trend nowadays.  With a combination of running and hiking over trails, trail running is more challenging and more exciting. In trail running, you would enjoy peace and quiet of the trails. Aside from the difficult courses you’ll have to go through running on trails, it requires you mental and physical power to start and finish a trail run race.

Are you an aspiring trail runner? Or just curious how trail running is played on trails? Here’s a guide on how you can start and hit the trail head. Trail Love: A Beginners’ Guide on Finishing Your First Trail Run