Bolinao, Pangasinan, Philippines | Photo by Jay Ermitaño Bolinao, Pangasinan, Philippines | Photo by Jay Ermitaño

The word Bolinao is a term used for the name of the town, the people, and the language.

The Bolinao people generally speak Pangasinan, Ilocano, Tagalog, and their own unique native language called Bolinao, which is also used in a nearby town, Anda --- former barangay of the Bolinao town. The Bolinao language is closely related to Sambalic. Bolinao was part of the province of Zambales from mid-18th and was turned over to Pangasinan in 1903. Most people generally understand and speak English because of the annual visit of local and foreign tourists in the different bodies of water in the town including beaches, falls, caves, river, and other protected sanctuaries which are prohibited areas for tourists.

The Mother Tongue Policy of the DepEd is enforced in the elementary schools of these barangays to empower the native languages in town.

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