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Province of Pangasinan
overlooks the Lingayen Gulf in Northern Luzon

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Click on the map of the Pangasinan

The people of the Central Luzon province of Pangasinan and some parts of Tarlac are called Pangasinans or Pangasinenses.

The language they speak is also called Pangasinan. Sometimes, it is also referred to as Panggalatok, but because this term may be pejorative, it is not widely used.

Is Pangasinan a dying dialect?   Click here to read an article.

The word pangasinan means "a place where salt is abundant", with asin as the root word that means "salt" .


Rice is the principal crop of the region grown through irrigation farming. In the mountainous areas, tobacco, and sugarcane are planted.
Aside from farming, different industries also provide livelihood for many Pangasinenses. In areas where thick coconut groves are found, copra, fans, sweet coconut bars (bukayo), and other coconut delicacies are produced. Along the coast of Lingayen Gulf, bagoong (fish sauce)  and salt making industries are prosperous.
In other areas, handicrafts such as fans, mats, and baskets are made from materials like rattan and bamboo. Pot making and bolo tempering are other industries for which Pangasinans are noted.


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Fidel V. Ramos,
12th President of the Philippines,
is from Pangasinan

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Carabao (waterbuffalo) ace,
an important part of Pangasinan fiesta


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Hundred Islands,
a major tourist attraction
of Pangasinan

Pangasinan Province

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Pangasinan cooking is simple and healthy. It has many similarities with Ilokano cuisine, using big helpings of a variety of vegetables, and requiring very minimal preparation time.


Asin and Bagoong, famous local products of PangASINan