Originally built in 1609, the church of St. James Parish in Bolinao, Pangasinan is made of black coral stones. Its bell tower was once the tallest in the entire island of Luzon. Bolinao church also served as a fortress against the pirates on several occasions.
Today as it was in the past, Bolinao Church is one of Pangasinan’s major landmarks. Interestingly, the town of Bolinao and the Church of St James is on permanent display at Legoland Malaysia. It is the only Philippine landmark and destination featured in Legoland.
HOW TO GET TO ST JAMES CHURCH, BOLINAO
To get to St James Church in Bolinao, take a bus in Cubao that goes directly to Bolinao. The church is near the bus terminal and it is in front of the town hall.
MY PERSONAL BIAS
Awesome Church. Pay attention to the image enshrined on top of the altar dome. It is worth a side trip when visiting Patar Beach and the famous Bolinao Lighthouse.