Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. — Michelangelo
Pangasinan is unquestionably one of those Philippine provinces blessed with seemingly endless nature’s wonders. The western part of the province alone is dotted with stunningand pristine seascapes. From the fascinating rockscapes of Surip in Bani and Timapog in Burgos, to the picturesque Hundred Islands in Alaminos and Tondol Beach in Anda, plus the postcard-worthy beauty of Tambobong Beach and Colibra Island in Dasol and Patar Beach and the waterfalls of Bolinao, Pangasinan is indeed an embodiment of awe. And, there is more!
Another must visit is the quaint coastal town of Agno, which boasts the astonishingly carved Umbrella Rocks along Sabangan Beach. These huge rock formations are named such because they look like oversize umbrellas from which one can seek shade when the sun is up. Appearing to be mushroom-like to other people, these coralline masterpieces formed by unremitting waves against the shore through time, make the beachside more scenic.
Sabangan beach in itself is a great place to bum around. With its very fine grey to black sandy shores and inviting waters, this could be one of your much needed relaxing getaways. And at the end of the day, the sundown at this side of Pangasinan will surely melt your heart away.
How to Get to Umbrella Rocks:
From Manila, take a bus bound for Bani or Bolinao in Pangasinan. Drop by the town of Bani, then take a tricycle or jeepney ride to Agno, Pangasinan. There are also direct bus ride from Manila to Agno, Pangasinan although it is very limited. The travel time is around 5 to 6 hours. Once in Agno, ride a tricycle that will take you to the Umbrella Rocks.
These are some of the buses plying the Manila – Pangasinan route:
- Dagupan Bus Line, Victory Liner and Philippine Rabbit in Cubao, Quezon City.
- Five Star Bus Line in Pasay City
- City Trans in Manila
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