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Located in the central and western plains of the Luzon Islands is the Pangasinan province.  Known for its salt, mangoes, rice, and bangus production, Pangasinan is one of the oldest industry and trading provinces in the world.  In fact, its name comes from the words “pang” and “asin” from the Pangasinan language which literally means “For Salt”.   This region was once part of the booming maritime trade network within other networks in China, the Pacific, India and Southeast Asia.  There is even an annual Bangus Festival held in Dagupan City, in the western part of Pangasinan, each year.  The Bangus Festival began in 2002 as an effort to celebrate the region’s large bangus industry.  The festival includes: a huge street dancing competition with dancers depicting the bangus harvest (Gilon! Gilon! ed Dalan), a showcase of bangus growers (Bangus Rodeo) and one of the world’s longest barbeques (Kalutan ed Dagupan).

A huge natural attraction in Pangasinan is the Hundred Islands National Park and is comprised of more than a hundred islands, mostly uninhabited, offering stretches of quiet beaches and weekend getaways for local and foreign tourists.

Other aspects of the province include several lighthouses, waterfalls, rivers, and numerous caves.  Most of the beaches in the region are some of the most clean and secluded in the world.  For more information on Pangasinan history, culture and language visit here.

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