Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013


M O M E N T S 

I N   L I N G A Y E N 

It was Sunday and past lunch time in Lingayen, Pangasinan. The warm weather was starting to make me sweat. I swear I did not want yet to leave El Puerto Marina Resort & Spa, my accommodation of choice in the province during my visit. The time I was there was the best beach weather I've experienced since the summer of 2012 in Rizal province.

The resort staff advised me to visit Pangasinan's Capitol before I board the next bus back to Manila. I was told to go on foot from the resort, but I asked another staff who informed me that it was best to ride a tricycle instead. I heeded the second advice. Under a 2:00pm sun, I felt fortunately spared from the sweltering heat.

The back side of the capitol building

Getting There

After less than 5 minutes of traversing residential and commercial areas, the tricycle let me off at an expansive property filled with trees. I turned to one direction and standing proudly was Pangasinan's provincial capitol building in all its American Common-wealth inspiration. The structure was erected in 1918 with an American architect at the helm.

Mixing Nostalgia and Essential Renovation

Initially I was fooled to believe that nothing remarkable could be seen inside because the main entrance looked so pedestrian and oddly not wide enough for a capitol building. Stepping inside, I initially noticed how good the place smelled of fine wood. I later learned from one of the two guards at the building that the governor who supervised the place's renovation two years ago made sure that only good kamagong, narra, and mahogany were transported from his friend in Pampanga to Pangasinan for the building rehabilitation project. The original flooring was made of tiles, but transforming it to wood gave the building a homey feel that commanded careful pacing once a guest is inside. It was said that the utility staff would apply floor wax on the wooden flooring as early as 5:00am on a daily basis except on day offs. I also marveled at the elegant-looking chandeliers that were imported from Italy.

The building's roof design

The View From The Top

I was led by a building staff inside the office of the governor (Espina, Jr.) where the interior was adorned with more woodwork to probably ease tension from too much paper works and countless local meetings. The staff had me also check out the rooftop where I fancied upon the charming roofing design of the building from the viewing deck. From the rooftop, I was able to spot the Urduja House, the governor's official residence. And at a farther distance, I was not able to miss seeing a portion of the Lingayen Gulf, just past all the lush green of trees that surrounded the capitol building.

Since my visit was on a Sunday, all the government employees were not at the place except for two guards and two receptionists.

The Urduja House, the governor's official residence as seen from the Capitol Building

C H E C K   O U T   M Y   O T H E R   L I N G A Y E N - B A S E D   P O S T S

Sunday Morning Catch At Lingayen

The Attractions of El Puerto Marina Resort & Spa 

+ Beach Bumming At Barangay Pangapisan

More Photos:

Inside the governor's office

My travel stamina partner, Laminine   +   My personal blog, New Self    +   Pasig City Natin


  1. such a grandiose capitol building. parang mansion na ata yan eh

    1. I agree. I even loved a spot at the backside for looking like a facade of a quaint coffee shop. The place has got good taste.


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