[pullquote]So never judge the beauty of the beach again by its color but by its character[/pullquote]
I can say that a large part of the local life of Lingayen people revolves around the Lingayen Beach. Weekends find locals and visitors alike trooping the beach. The public beach is easily accessible from the capitol grounds and best of all its free for everyone. The local government did well in keeping the place clean and the locals just the same.
Fishing is one of the main livelihood of the province and there’s abundance coming from the gulf. The morning I woke up early to catch the unfolding morning scenery at the beach I caught a few fishermen on usual chore. Up before the first light, they would fix their boat gear or tend to their nets. There was even a traditional form of fishing where they drop their nets and then they manually pull the nets from the beach with one man on each end to hopefully catch some fish. Their silhouettes against the colors of the dawn sky were like figures of a dance above the gentle waves. Pulling, gathering and spreading the net in a repeated fashion.
My “Smooth Morning” playlist from spotify lingered in the air when I came back at my spot near the row of beach huts by the sea after my morning shoot. It was a lovely morning, quiet, unperturbed and simple. So never judge the beauty of the beach again by its color but by its character. Lingayen Beach is comely.
The municipality of Lingayen is 222km away from Manila.
- By private car, travel time is 4–5 hours. Exit SCTEX to MacArthur Highway via Luisita. Turn toward Camiling via Romulo Highway at Tarlac Junction. At Bugallon town, follow the northward highway to Dagupan and Lingayen.
- By public bus, travel time is 5–6 hours. Victory Liner and Five Star buses have trips going to Lingayen. From the bus terminal, there are jeeps and tricycles waiting.
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.