Lingayen Beach for history buffs:
Seven decades ago (December 22, 1941), this same beach front has been a strategic base for the military operations of the Filipino and American allied forces. They are defending the Lingayen Gulf against the Japanese troops commanded by General Masaharu Homma. Unfortunately, this part of land was successfully occupied by the Japanese forces and Gen. MacArthur has no choice but to retreat to Bataan.
Until after 3 years (1944), with heavy naval and air attacks from the US forces, Lingayen Gulf was taken over by the American troops and on the 9th of January 1945.
About 68,000 soldiers under Gen. Walter Krueger of the U.S. 6th Army are seen marching the coast of Lingayen Gulf without any resistance from Japan- again, this beach was occupied by the Allied forces of US and Filipino soldiers. This base has become one of the supply depot during the Pacific War.
Lingayen Beach has really played an important role during the WWII.
Lingayen beach for those who just want to relax:
Lingayen Beach boasts not of white sand or colorful seashells but its shore would put romance in each visitors, its fine and clean. It’s a long stretch of more than 2 kilometers where kids and adults can relax and enjoy the sun.
As I said, I did some 8K barefoot run and yoga when I was there. It was euphoric and people don’t seem to care about what you are doing and so I love it.
I have seen kids just playing with the small waves, their parents preparing some good breakfast while some just want to have a walk along the shore. Comparing this to the hustle and bustle in the busy streets of Manila, I just wish that Lingayen is just a mile away from home. Here in this historic beach, locals pause and enjoy the sand and the waves. Simply beautiful noh?!
Napintas ti Pangasinan! (Beautiful Pangasinan) is a 5-part series that highlights my 3D/2N trip with Mica and Alex to Pangasinan Province. It was short, sweet but memorable. Here’s a rundown of my experiences (click to redirect you to your chosen article):