Binmaley Museum and Display Center | Things to do in Binmaley-Pangasinan
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Built in 1627 by Spanish friars, Our Lady of the Purification Church in Binmaley is one of the oldest churches in Pangasinan. The rich cultural aesthetics of this religious landmark mirror centuries-worth of timeless heritage of the town, as its first construction was finished in 1754 by Fr. Barrozo. The first ever vicar to be assigned in Our Lady of the Purification was Father Tomas Gutierrez by the Dominicans, and this assignment marked the first documentation of this church’s history in 1627. The Dominicans took care of this church until the revolution in 898. From 1898 to 1932, the Diocesan clergy then took care of the church. During this Diocesan period, the first bishop of Lingayen, Msgr. Cesar Ma Guerrero, accepted the “Society of the Divine Word” (SDW) administration for the proposed school and opened the seminary in January 6, 1932. The artistic and rustic architectural facet of the church is truly a beautiful visual gift to anyone who visits to appreciate the art, history and spiritual atmosphere of this parish. The wide, circular opening of the ceiling by the hundreds-old altar can truly take you to a meditative state, while the old sculptures and chandeliers are visual treats. Some of the attractions also of the church are its very old, well-preserved church bells outside, which date way back from the 1880s. The spacious front yard and backyard are also ideal for long walks filled with heritage and spiritual feel.
Exploring the Sta. Rosario Cave is certainly an adventure. One gets down and dirty right from the start, with the cave entrance being a small hole that requires some cautious crouching to get past. Further into the cave, guano drips and resident bats fly around as the passage narrows and expands every few steps, so one must be ready to climb and crawl through some rather sharp rocks to continue their exploration. Small cuts and scrapes are to be expected. Physically challenging though it may be, the payoff is great: shimmering rock formations, mini-waterfalls, clear pools, and capacious chambers inspire awe and make the demanding trek more than worth it.
Named after the Cupang tree that filled the Mabini landscape in the 80s, the Cacupangan Cave System is a four kilometer stretch filled with breathtaking stalactite and stalagmite formations, delicately carved out by nature over centuries. Getting to the cave entrance means having to walk through a rough road with slightly threatening sharp rocks and slippery mud trails, but once inside the cave, the path strangely becomes less scary as the rocks underfoot become smoother and relatively more stable. Of course, those who go through the cave still have to be careful not to disturb the snakes, scorpions, and bats that call it home. They must also be prepared to get wet, as the water level inside the cave passage can sometimes be as deep as waist-level, depending on the season.
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For families and younger travelers, Dasoland is a
must-see. The massive property offers resort-style amenities, with cabanas, a
big pool, a mini-golf fairway, and a playground. More than that, the park also
offers attractions that range from educational to exciting: a mini-zoo,
butterfly garden, a World War II Museum housing fully-restored military
vehicles, an Ifugao village featuring several authentic Ifugao houses, and even
heritage houses that recreate colonial-era Filipino homes with authentic
century-old furniture. Even a day trip here would be an incredible experience
for any one of any age, though with so much to see, visitors will probably want
to stay for longer.
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