We took an alternate route back to Manila from Baguio last Sunday – the Magilas Trail in Pangasinan, which starts at Binalonan and ends at Rosales.  This bypasses some other towns and Urdaneta City, where traffic is usually heavy, and shaves off around 30 minutes from the travel time.  It is a nice, well-paved road lined with rice fields.  However, it is only open until 5.30pm, probably because it is not yet fully equipped for night travelers.

A tip:  If you really need to go to the bathroom and you see a right-hand corner (Manila-bound) with a Petron sign, turn immediately so you can use their bathroom.  The next decent bathroom is still miles and miles away – in Rosales already in fact, just as you exit Magilas Trail.

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