Pangasinan is a province in the Philippines. Its official language is Pangasinan and its capital is Lingayen. Pangasinan is located on the area of the island of Luzon along the Lingayen Gulf. It has a land area of 5,451.01 square kilometres. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 2,956,726 people, the official number of registered voters in Pangasinan is 1,651,814. Pangasinan is the name for the province, the people, indigenous Pangasinan speakers are estimated to number at least 2 million. The Pangasinan language is one of the recognized regional languages in the Philippines. In Pangasinan, there were ethnic groups who enriched the cultural fabric of the province. Almost all of the people are Pangasinenses and the rest are descendants of Bolinao and Ilocano, Pangasinan is also spoken as a second-language by many of the ethnic minorities in Pangasinan. The minority ethnic groups are the Bolinaos and the Ilocanos, at present it is pronounced Paŋgasinan based on the Spanish pronunciation due to their inability to utter or pronounce the nasal sound <nga> /ŋ/. The province is a producer of salt in the Philippines. Its major products include bagoong and alamang Pangasinan was founded by Austronesian speakers who called themselves Anakbanwa by at least 2500 BC. A kingdom called Luyag na Caboloan, which expanded to much of northwestern Luzon. The Kingdom of Luyag na Kaboloan was known as the Wangdom of Pangasinan in Chinese records, the ancient kingdom of Luyag na Caboloan was in fact mentioned in Chinese and Indian records as being an important kingdom on ancient trade routes. Popular tourist attractions in Pangasinan include the Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos City, Dagupan City is known for its Bangus Festival. Pangasinan is also known for its delicious mangoes and ceramic oven-baked Calasiao puto, Pangasinan occupies a strategic geo-political position in the central plain of Luzon, known as the rice granary of the Philippines. Pangasinan has been described as a gateway to northern Luzon and as the heartland of the Philippines, the Pangasinan people, like most of the people in the Malay Archipelago, are descendants of the Austronesian-speakers who settled in Southeast Asia since prehistoric times. Comparative genetics, linguistics and archaeological studies locate the origin of the Austronesian languages in Sundaland, the Pangasinan language is one of many languages that belongs to the Malayo-Polynesian languages branch of the Austronesian languages family
Pangasinan Provincial Capitol in Lingayen
Andres Urdaneta monument, in front of the City Hall.