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The Lost Stone of Bolinao, Pangasinan

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One of the smallest islets scattered in the shores of Bolinao. It's that small a tree only grows on it.
After the church, our next destination was the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in the entire Philippines. But we took to manage and check out all the other resorts in Bolinao. And we stumbled upon this unusual and unique beach setting. A big chunk of rock was lost in the middle of the West Philippine Sea.

Our Baguio-Bolinao-Sagada presentation--Bolinao as the highlighted feature. You can turn on HD setting.

Bolinao Weekend Fun2: Golden Sands & Water Falls

Tropical gumamelas grow on some parts near the shore.
This unusual stone in the sea was just that picture perfect. It was the lost stone after all. Long time ago, there were gods who played around this land. One time, the god quarreled and one of them threw all the hundreds of stones to his playmate. Unfortunately all of the rocks went to the sea. Later on, it was found out that these rocks were the Hundred Islands of Pangasinan. There were a total of more than 120 islands and islets, of which some vanish when the tide is high. It was found out though that there were not only 120 rocks which were thrown away into the sea. There were actually more than 150 rocks scattered by the angered god. But nothing has been discovered since then. Only those in the Hundred Islands National Park were the living pieces of proof.

But to our surprise, we saw a small rock in the middle of the sea near Bolinao. We thought it was one of the “lost stones” thrown by the god. It was small that only a tree grows on the islet. Nobody dared to remove the island from where it is located now, because the locals fear that the god might be angered again. This little island in Bolinao, Pangasinan was one of the weirdest nature craft that I have ever seen. Imagine, a very small chunk of rock in the ocean? That’s beautifully insane! Haha.
The "lost stone" of Bolinao, Pangasinan.

Okay, let me tell you that this lost stone in Bolinao, Pangasinan was a fiction story after all. I just made that up. Scientifically speaking, this rock might have been formed hundreds or thousands of years ago, and because of natural phenomena like earthquakes, sea waves, degradation (or can we include liquefaction), the rock eventually tipped little by little until it became so small like that. It is also possible that it was spewed out from a volcano (though I’m not familiar of any volcano near the area). Whatever caused it, it was such an amazing art piece of nature. If you have a 20-20 vision, you will be able to see this island along your way to Patar Beach (Check out our Patar Beach story in 2011). But it was that small you might not notice it after all.

Well, enough has been said. We just spent a little time seeing this little wonder of nature. The next stop was for us to see the sky.  The watchtower of Bolinao which existed more than a hundred year old already.

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