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The capitol beachfront and baywalk in Lingayen, Pangasinan is a two-kilometer stretch of beach that serves as the frequent venue for camping, beach concerts, picnics, and the like. It is also one of the top tourist spots in the province as it is easily accessible to the other attractions in the area.
On December 22, 1941, this beachfront was used as a military base of the Filipino and American allied forces. The camp was built to defend the Lingayen Gulf against the Japanese invaders under the command of General Masaharu Homma. Unfortunately, the Japanese still managed to conquer this part of the land, leaving General MacArthur with no other options than to move to Bataan.
Until 1944, the American armies, armed with powerful naval and air tactics from the US forces, were able to conquer Lingayen Gulf. Approximately 68,000 soldiers under General Walter Krueger of the U.S. 6th Army, together with the Filipino soldiers, dominated the coastline. The base then became one of the supply storages during the Pacific War.
The beach in the coastline has a vast bed of fine, grey sand unlike the other white sands in Pangasinan. Visitors can try water sports offered along the coastline such as kayaking and skimboarding, to name a few.
There is a concrete pavement near the shore that is lined with coconut palm trees where kids and adults usually jog and walk around. Food stands are also available in the beach. The site strictly implements waste management and keeps the area pristinely clean and free from trash.
A few minute walk from the beachfront is the Provincial Capitol that serves as the official seat of the Pangasinan Governor and the Urduja House where the governor resides during his term. From the Urduja House, you can walk towards Sison Auditorium and the ASNA Park that are both iconic sites of Pangasinan.