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Pangasinan is synonymous with the Hundred Islands, a sprinklings of 123 rocky islets, some with tiny sandy benches and unusual geological formations. Quezon Island is the most visited, and is equipped with pavilions, kiosks, and other tourist facilities. Some islands also feature facilities such as picnic tables, pavilions and Cottages

The province is also well known for bangus or milkfish from Lingayen Gulf. The capital of Lingayen was where American troops waded ashore to begin the liberation of Luzon. Near the imposing Commonwealth-era Capitol complex are a Japanese fighter plane and American tanks. Bustling Dagupan City is best known for its seafood, which is served in its many restaurants. Attractions include grey-sand Bonuan Beach and Pugar-Suit Island Beach.

At San Fabian is White Beach with its various resorts; the town is also famous for its faith healers. In Manaoag is the popular pilgrimage center of Our Lady of Manaoag, while Calasiac is home to the Señor Divino Tesoro, shrine and is known for its hats made of woven buri palm. At Villasis is a Spanish-era walled cemetery known as the Ermita. Unspoiled Bolinao has white sand beaches, offshore islands, a sunken Japanese ship, an 18th-century church and an archeological museum. The town’s offshore area is also well known for its verdant marine life. Old churches can also be found in the towns of Binmaley, Aguilar, and Agno. Two major cultural groups, the Pangasinenses, commonly known as Pangalatok, dominate Pangasinan and the Ilocanos. The province has produced one president of the Republic Fidel V. Ramos. Popular specialties and delicacies include puto pangasinan, tupig, native vinegar, bagoong, alamang and dried fish.

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