Our Lady of Purification Parish Church | Things to do in Binmaley-Pangasinan
|Open:||Parish Office: 8:00 AM - 12:00 NN, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM|
|Address:||, Binmaley, Pangasinan|
One of the most organized and well-curated museums in Pangasinan, Binmaley Museum and Display Center has truly preserved the culture and heritage of the town of Binmaley through centuries. The space offers an educational showcase, with its lovely display of old commodities. The museum houses a number of agricultural wares from the 19th century that truly capture the rich industries in Binmaley. Such objects include “Tapogan” or grindstone used as kitchenware, Taltagan or a big block of wood used for threshing “palay” and “Lasong” or mortar used for grinding rice, all of which reflect the rice farming industry of Binmaley from the 19th century. Other historical wares include “Babako”, or a basket made of bamboo strips that fishermen used to carry caught fishes document the fisheries industries of the town from way back. Beautiful pots and cabinets from yesteryears are also showcased here, which truly display the pottery-making and furniture-making fields in Binmaley that date from way back. It also reflects the fashion scene in the 1930s, as some iconic Filipiniana gowns of Dona Jesusa Tulagan-Ferrer, wife of the late Mayor Don Andres Ferrer in 1934-1935, are displayed inside. The museum has also documented special occasions of the town, such as its first ever Sigay Festival, which highlighted the abundance of bangus ,tilapia, sugpo, shrimps, malaga and crabs in Binmaley. The museum has also documented the downfalls of Binmaley, such as the 1972 flood, and its celebratory moments, like the Signing of Sisterhood Pact of Makati City and Municipality of Binmaley . In May 1, 2014, the Tourism Group of Binmaley launched “Bloom Binmaley”, where the locals planted cherry blossom trees at the nearby plaza. The Japanese-inspired cherry blossom garden is expected to bloom at its maximum and most beautiful level by 2018, and Binmaley is poised to attract more tourists with its stunning flowers and unique fauna offerings.
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.