Sunday, July 3, 2016


Barangay Balingasay, Bolinao, Pangasinan, Philippines,

Note: This is a part of my June 5 – 6, 2016 Alaminos City-Bolinao-Camiling Tour which includes: Hundred Islands, Saint Joseph Cathedral Parish Church, Alaminos City Hall and Colegio San Jose de Alaminos, Cape Bolinao Lighthouse, Patar Beach, and Camiling Quick Tour.

Such a festive treat at the Giant Taklobo Resto Grill

Giant Taklobo Resto Grill and Resort Cottages is just 20 minutes drive from Patar Beach and Cape Bolinao Lighthouse. It is 2 hours away from the Hundred Islands. If accommodation booking is a problem in Patar beach resorts during peak season, this resort can be a handy pick.

Jaja Villespin: The Celebrant

The above picture shows Jaja Villespin who treated our group with this boodle fight as she just graduated recently from the University of Santo Tomas, she is the daughter of my colleague, Mrs. Zony Villespin, the wife of the Captain Sailor, Mr. Jojo Villespin.

The boodle fight in a festive setting

In my conversation with its owner, he told me that it was originally opened just for a resto grill but its growing clientele had pushed them to expand the business where it also has its own resto bar and a lucrative resort cottage. It operates from 10:00 A.M. and closes at 10:00 P.M. but they also accept functions like birthdays, weddings, baptismal receptions, debut party and even corporate meetings.

Unforgiving eating appetite: leave no trace approach (Model: Mrs. Lucia M. Llego)

Guests can choose to stay inside the resto pavilion, resto bar or in the nipa huts. It offers a good ambiance and since it is nestled in the middle of lush green landscape, guests will be more comfortable. Orders can be in the choice mixed bilao which is a combination of grilled bangus or grilled sungayan, calamares, danggit, grilled liempo or pork barbeque on stick, chicken, steamed crabs, steamed okra, grilled eggplant, green mango or pickled mango, atchara, arosep, tomato, alamang and padas. Rice can be ordered per individual serving or in platter and mind you with free pitcher of iced tea. There can be choice of small (3-5pax) P1,300, medium and large bilao (8-10pax) for P1,800. They also serve halo-halo buko pandan flavor with full of ingredients for only P90.

Hut cottages to accommodate smaller groups

I noticed that they have very clean comfort rooms equipped with toilet paper and bidet and they have free wi-fi connection which their food attendants even offer. The utensils are so clean. Surprisingly, they also serve Starbucks coffee. I also like how they cooked for us the ginataang gulay with crabs and bagnet.

The Giant Taklobo: The company's trademark

There so much green around if the guests would like to roam around and the parking space will accommodate more cars. The tall trees around balances the ecosystem of the this venue.

The Giant Taklobo Accommodation

A cozy and comfortable accommodation for a bigger group

The whole accommodation can accommodate a minimum of 16 persons. However, it is too spacious where additional beds can be accommodated inside the spacious rooms.

The spacious living room

Obviously, it is fully furnished with native furniture installed giving it an ambiance of a Filipino touch. There are enough outlets where guests can charge their gadgets.

Double Queen-size beds per room

The accommodation is equipped with double queen-size beds which can accommodate four persons in every and there are two rooms in the whole of the accommodation.

The Dining Section

At the rear of the spacious well-furnished living and visitors lounge is the dining section.

A sighted river in Balingasay just before the Giant Taklobo Resto Grill


For reservations, contact its proprietor, Mrs. Naty Cara at 09214630623 and 09176721885
Free calls USA and Canada via Magic Jack: +17472009513
Giant Taklobo Resto Grill
Brgy. Balingasay, Bolinao, Pangasinan, Philippines 2406


  1. Hello, very nice blog, beautiful pictures. I would love to visit your country, but not this year, maybe next year one can only hope flying will be safer then. Best wishes, Linda and

    1. I am glad to hear that. You will really like the tourist destinations here in the Philippines. I can give you more tips.

    2. Hi Linda, Bolinao , Pangasinan is a great place, but you might want to have a friend to show you around. If you like the more simple things in life, the 80s love songs videoke songs, bus with the window down driving through beautiful country. The smell of trikes & rice husks... Bolinao will be my home soon..I have studied the history of the region quite a bit, and it amazes me.. I am not sure what you mean about flying being unsafe? Flying is always a risk... My plane circled 13 times to land at Manila when I was there in 2013, but that was air traffic problems...

    3. Really? are you planning to settle down in Bolinao? That's great!!! I would be glad to meet you then.

  2. Wow!!! so much food to eat!!! Thanks for this post. I am going back there again to finish all the food on the table.