Urdaneta

This city is in the center of Eastern Pangasinan, Northern Luzon. It is very accessible, as the Manila North Road (formerly McArthur Highway) cuts across it. It is considered the “Gateway to the north” because one has to pass through the city in order to get to Baguio, Lingayen, and other northern Luzon destinations.

The name “Urdaneta” honors Friar Andres de Urdaneta, a priest and spiritual adviser who accompanied Miguel Lopez de Legazpi on his historical exploration of the Philippines.

There are a number of natural and historical wonders to behold in the city. The landscape of Oltama proves that Bohol isn’t the only place to witness breathtaking rolling hills. Urdaneta is also home to the Balungao Hot Springs. History buffs will enjoy a visit to the Urdaneta Museum. Also located in this city is the Sanctuary IT Building, which houses the first two call centers in the Philippines. There are also resorts like the Urdaneta Garden Resort and Lisland Rainforest Resort — tropical sanctuaries, perfect for escaping to when city life gets too much.

The city is famous for being a trading hub, as agriculture is still the major source of income for Urdaneta residents. The city boasts a large market of fruits, vegetables and livestock — the latter being the largest cattle market in Northern Luzon.

Like many towns in the Philippines, Urdaneta also has its own festivals and activities. They celebrate the Dumayo Festival annually, from March 21-24. Local activities include, but are not limited to, free mass weddings, tree planting, fun runs and digital literacy awareness.

Notable eats in the city include Matutina along Manila North Road, which sells delectable Filipino seafood dishes like sinigang, bangus and pusit. For those looking to eat a diverse range of meals, one can try Cuisinero, also along Manila North Road, which offers selections from filet mignon to buffalo wings.

Top Rated Restaurants in Urdaneta Browse All

  1. Matutina's Seafood Restaurant
    4.1 Stars
    Seafood
    35 Reviews View
  2. Silver Spoon Cafe
    5.0 Stars
    Café
    4 Reviews View
  3. Max's Restaurant
    3.7 Stars
    Filipino
    4 Reviews View
  4. Dampa sa Pangasinan
    5.0 Stars
    Seafood
    1 Review View
  5. Chowking
    4.0 Stars
    Fast Food
    1 Review View
  6. Huat Chan
    4.0 Stars
    Chinese
    1 Review View
  7. McDonald's
    4.0 Stars
    Fast Food
    1 Review View
  8. Dampa's Seafood Restaurant
    3.3 Stars
    Seafood
    3 Reviews View
  9. Greenwich
    3.0 Stars
    Pizza
    1 Review View
  10. KFC
    2.0 Stars
    Fast Food
    1 Review View

Top Rated Places in Urdaneta Browse All

  1. Matutina's Seafood Restaurant
    4.1 Stars
    Seafood
    35 Reviews View
  2. Silver Spoon Cafe
    5.0 Stars
    Café
    4 Reviews View
  3. Max's Restaurant
    3.7 Stars
    Filipino
    4 Reviews View
  4. Lisland Rainforest Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  5. Dampa sa Pangasinan
    5.0 Stars
    Seafood
    1 Review View
  6. Chowking
    4.0 Stars
    Fast Food
    1 Review View
  7. Huat Chan
    4.0 Stars
    Chinese
    1 Review View
  8. McDonald's
    4.0 Stars
    Fast Food
    1 Review View
  9. Dampa's Seafood Restaurant
    3.3 Stars
    Seafood
    3 Reviews View
  10. Greenwich
    3.0 Stars
    Pizza
    1 Review View