News Feature: Civil Registration Month thru mass weddings

DAGUPAN CITY, Feb. 28 (PIA) — As the country celebrates the Civil Registration Month this February, a number of municipalities and some religious groups in the province of Pangasinan are holding mass weddings for free to legitimize live-in couples, including their children.


A mass wedding was held in Sual town last February 14 at the sports and civic center where 96 couples exchanged “I Dos” during the ceremony sponsored by the municipal government headed by Mayor John Rodney Arcinue.  The program was staged for the fifth time for the benefit of their citizens.  Traditional wedding highlights were held such as slicing the ceremonial cake, toasting the wine, and pinning of money on the bride.


On that same day, a mass wedding was also conducted in Alaminos City at the Don Leopoldo Sison Auditorium. The “Kasalan ng Bayan” (town wedding) is on its eighth year which continually address things for the Alaminians like lessening illegitimate marriages and problem on legal documents. City Mayor Hernani Braganza solemnized the union of 114 couples to legalize marriage union and make their children entitled to many benefits under the law.


Highlighting this year’s Valentine’s wedding is the longest kiss contest, the first dance of the newlyweds and the distribution of gifts from the sponsors as a gesture of appreciation to them for availing the program of the city government and for embracing the sacrament.


Also, a mass wedding ceremony was held in Manaoag town last February 16. Here, 91 couples enjoyed the rite initiated by the local government headed by Mayor Napoleon Sales in cooperation with the Civil Registrar’s Office.  This activity was conceived by the government which is already on its eighth year to serve their constituents who are living together without the benefit of marriage because of poverty.


Let’s get to know the most and the least number of couples who joined the mass weddings in the province this February 2012. Recorded as the highest number of couples is the mass wedding in San Jacinto town with 226 couples who tied the knot in the town’s gymnasium last February 19.
The “Kasalan ed Baley” (wedding in town) on its second year was officiated by Mayor Robert De Vera. It was intended to legitimize the relations of couples, save them from the tiresome processing of papers and wedding preparations, and at the same time relieve them of the pricey finances that go along with the conduct of this event. The couples were given a slice of cake and wine glasses and toasted just like in a traditional wedding reception.

On the other hand, the smallest mass wedding happened in Binmaley town at the Our Lady of the Purification church last February 25. There were only 29 couples who underwent the sacrament of matrimony celebrated by Rev. Fr. Victor Embuido, parish priest of the this town.


This occasion was sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF) in cooperation with the local government through the Municipal Civil Registry. WAF is an international religious organization whose mission and vision is to help other people save their souls since God doesn’t want couples living together without getting married. WAF gave out rosaries and scapulars to couples to spread the message of the Our Lady of Fatima to pray for world peace. (ANL/AMM-PIA 1 Pangasinan)



Pangasinan News: Laoac pagalangan toy Tupig Festival

LAOAC, Pangasinan, 27 Pebrero (PIA) – Pagalangan na sayan baley so Tupig Festival no a-bainte singko na Pebrero anggad kumanem na Marso. Imparlas nen Mayor Silverio Alarcio, Jr. so Tupig Festival pian ipakabat so tupig ed bansa tayo tan diad intiron mundo.


Say kaukolan ed panggawa na tupig et ansakket, niyog, masamit tan bokel na sesame ya ibalkot ed bolong na ponti tan ikalot ed uring. Ilalako da ya ed gilig na dalan o diad saray luluganan ya nanmaltaw na isesempet da ray manlalapo ed Pangasinan ya sarag ton merinda o palamis.


Diad pamagalang na Tupig Festival, agawa so Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Got Talent, sakey ya labanan na talento da ray kalangweran nen a-bainte singko na Pebrero. Nen a-bainte sais balet, imparlas so Tupig Festival ed SM Rosales. Diad saya, impanengneng so panagluto na tupig tan akataway iray nanbantay na sayan kanen. Agawa met ed SM Rosales so labanan na talento da ray kaiba ed Binibining Laoac.


Ondagop iray totoo diad Fiestang Kristiyano at Pasasalamat ya nagawa no a-dos na Marso. Kasumpal to ya et lukasan so Agro-Trade Fair ed baley. Bindisionan met iray proyekto na gobierno ed saman ya agew. Pian pabiskegen so abig-laman da ray Lawakenian, nagawa so lumbay batik no a-tres na Marso.


Ontombok ed saya so pamagalang na Tupig Festival diad dalan na Agbayani ed baley tan ipanengneng na Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) so “sky diving” ya nagawa ed Don Rufino Tabayoyong Central School (DRTCS). Nasumpal so saman ya agew ed panpili na Binibini tan Ginoong Laoac.


Nagawa so Tour de Laoac ya manosar na “mountain bike” para saray matatatken no a-kuwatro na Marso. Kasumpal to ya, walay galaw na basketbol da ray artista kalaban da ray Lawakenian. Ira ya et pampanunot na alwaran so abig-laman na saray kalangweran tan saray matatatken. Nagawa no labi so People’s Night parad saray totoo. Walay parada, Tour de Laoac ya manosar na “round bike,” tan koronasyon na Mrs. Laoac nu a-singko na Marso. Tan no a-sais na Marso nagawa so Ms. Gay.



Sayan pamagalang et manpakabat na Laoac tan ed tupig diad probinsiya tan dia met ed bansa. Ontolong ya ed turismo tan pan-aliguas na ekonomya na sayan baley ed Pangasinan. (AMM-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

Agribusiness Sector aims to level-up agricultural condition in the region

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Feb. 28 (PIA) — The decreasing number of farmers in the region led the Regional Development Council’s Agribusiness Sector (RDC-Agribusiness SeCom) to devise strategies to provide farmers with business skills  to help them adjust and cope up with the changing times and technology.

During the Sectoral Committee meeting held on February 21, representatives of member-agencies of the RDC-Agribusiness SeCom presented their programs to help turn farming into viable and attractive livelihood  endeavour for farmers, and  for the younger generation.

According to Artemio B. Alcoy, Dean from the Mariano Marcos State University in Batac, Ilocos Norte, also said that it was ironic that farmers are sending their children to school to become professionals, leaving behind farming as a profession.

To help counter this trend, the Agricultural Training Institute Center conducts various activities, said Director Rogelio C. Evangelista.  Among these are “ladderized” training – where agri-students experienced a three months hands-on agricultural training while earning; the adopt-a-farm youth program or four months homestay with farmers for actual training; encouraging students to enroll in B.S. Agriculture and inculcating in their minds that farming isn’t just planting rice, corn and other crops but they can also become richer businessmen if they could adopt higher technology skills with the help of technical schools like the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority or TESDA; and to include the trainings and financial assistance from Department of Labor and Employment.

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – Region 1 OIC-Assistant Regional Director Rosario Segundina Gaerlan also shared to the group that they have started entrepreneurship trainings for new levels or for younger generation starting from technicians.

Barbara Lacabiog, Senior Labor and Employment Officer from Department of Labor and Employment 1 informed the group that their program, Workers Association or WAS is still continuously being implemented where rural workers who wish to put up an association with a minimum of 20 members can register it to their agency to avail of livelihood programs/financial assistance amounting to P500,000 and below or depending on the project proposal presented.

Another solution/proposal is to fully encourage the farmers to grow/plant high value commercial crops or HVCC hand-in-hand with proper irrigation and technology trainings in coordination with TESDA.

One member took as an example the solution made by the Ilocos Sur governor Luis ‘Chavit’ Singson where the governor had talked with hybrid producers to temporarily lend their hybrid seed materials to farmers for them to pay after the harvest season.

All the proposals were noted by the secretariat as these will be discussed/reported to the higher level committee meeting.

The Agribusiness Sector with its 39 members is headed by the Department of Agriculture. (ANL/MPA-PIA 1 La Union)


Tagalog News: Laoac ipagdiriwang ang Tupig Festival

LAOAC, Pangasinan, Pebrero 28 (PIA) — Ipagdiriwang dito sa bayan ang Tupig Festival mula Pebrero 25 hanggang ika-anim ng Marso sa taong kasalukuyan.


Ang Laoac ang kahulihuliang bayan na itinatayo at kinilala bilang isang ganap na munisipalidad ng Pangasinan noong 1980.


Ang Tupig Festival ay inilunsad ni Mayor Silverio Alarcio, Jr. noong nakaraang taon upang ipakilala ang kanilang kakanin sa ating bansa at maging sa buong mundo. Ang ‘tupig’ ay gawa sa malagkit, niyog, asukal at hinaluan ng buto ng sesame na ibinalot sa dahon ng saging at iniihaw sa mainit na baga.


Karaniwan itong ibinibenta sa gilid ng kalsada at sa mga bus na naging sikat na pasalubong mula sa mga nanggagaling sa Pangasinan na puwedeng kainin bilang merienda o panghimagas.


Unang ginanap ang pagpapamalas ng talento ng mga kabataang Lawakenian sa Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Got Talent na ginanap sa awditoryum noong ikadalawampu’t lima ng Pebrero.


Pormal na binuksan ang pagdiriwang noong Pebrero 26 sa SM Rosales na magandang pagkakataon upang ipakilala ang tupig dahil dinadagsa ito ng maraming tao. Ipinakita rito ang pagluluto ng tupig at libreng natikman ang masarap na kakanin ng mga manunuod. Isinagawa rin sa SM Rosales ang tagisan ng talento ng mga kalahok sa Binibining Laoac.


Magtitipon-tipon ang mga mananampalataya sa Fiestang Kristiyano at Pasasalamat sa ika-dalawa ng Marso. Susundan ito ng pagbubukas ng Agri-Trade Fair kung saan tampok ang mga produkto ng bayan. Pasisinayaan din ang ilang proyekto ng pamahalaan sa araw na ito.


Upang hikayatin ang mga Lawakenian na pahalagahan ang kalusugan, magkakaroon ng maraton sa umaga ng ika-tatlo ng Marso. Matapos nito ay ipagdiriwang ang Tupig Festival sa kalye ng Agbayani sa mismong bayan sa oras ng alas-otso ng umaga. Susundan ito ng ekshibisyon sa “sky diving” ng mga kasapi ng Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) na gaganapin ng alas-diyes ng umaga sa Don Rufino Tabayoyong Central School (DRTCS). Magtatapos ang araw na iyon sa pagpili ng Binibini at Ginoong Laoac.


Sa ika-apat naman ng Marso gaganapin ang Tour de Laoac, isang paligsahan sa pagbibisikleta gamit ang “mountain bike” para sa mga matatanda na susundan naman ng paglalaro ng basketbol ng mga artista laban sa mga piling manlalaro sa bayan. Ang mga gawaing ito ay paraan upang ipaalala ang kahalagahan ng malusog na pangangatawan hindi lamang para sa mga kabataan kundi pati na rin sa mga matatanda. Magaganap sa gabi ang People’s Night para sa mga Lawakenian.


Magkakaroon din ng parada, Tour de Laoac gamit ang “round bike,” at koronasyon ng Ginang Laoac sa ika-lima ng Marso. Ang paligsahan para sa Ms. Gay na gaganapin sa ika-anim ng Marso ang magtatapos sa pagdiriwang ngayong taon.


Ang pagdiriwang na ito ay hakbang ng Laoac upang makilala ang kanilang bayan at ang kanilang kakanin hindi lamang sa probinsiya maging sa bansa na rin. Ito ay makatutulong sa turismo at sa pag-unlad ng ekonomiya ng bayang ito sa Pangasinan. (ANL/AMM-PIA 1) Pangasinan)

Tagalog News: Tulong ng mga Senador hiniling , para sa pagpapatayo ng Sea Wall

VIGAN CITY, Feb 27 (PIA) — Hiniling ng pamahalaang probinsyal ng Ilocos Sur ang tulong ng mga myembro ng Senado na  mag-ambag mula sa kanilang Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF)  sa  pagpapatayo ng  pader na panangga sa baha sa mga naninirahan sa tabi ng dagat sa Ilocos Sur.

Inaprobahan ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan ang isang resolusyon na ipinila ni Bokal Ronnie Rapanut, chairman ng Committee on Public Information, noong nakaraang Linggo na  nagpapatulong  sa  23 mambabatas sa Senado  na maglaan ng P10 milyon bawat isa para sa pagpapatayo ng proyekto sa pagkontrol ng baha sa bayan ng Sta. Catalina at  iba pang  bayan na malapit sa dagat.

Ayon kay Abogado Rapanut, delikado ang kalagayan ng mga naninirahan sa mga malapit sa dagat sa naturang bayan na binansagang “Vegetable Bowl of the North.” Unti-unting nilalamon ng alon ang mga taniman at kabahayan partikular sa barangay Tamorong at Cabitaogan na kailangang patayuan ng sea wall laban sa “storm surge” o malaking alon.  (ANL/BPP-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur).


Local gov’t gives media a taste of local tourism

LAOAG CITY, Feb. 27 (PIA) — Members of the Laoag City Press Corps experienced for themselves fun and adventure at a famous tourist spot in the city recently.


City Information Officer Ramon Formantes said members of media decided to experience for themselves the outdoor adventure that the La Paz sand dunes is offering.


“They had so much fun with the sand boarding and 4×4 adventure race at the dunes. And they have explored the beauty of the place. We want our media people to have a first-hand experience so that they can easily promote the sand dunes. They can now relate every time Mayor Farinas talks about it,” Formantes said.


City Mayor Michael V. Farinas is promoting the La Paz Sand Dunes as part of the tourism thrust of the city government. The geological wonder offers eco-adventure such as sand boarding and rugged 4-wheel drive. It has been featured in television shows, magazines and is a favorite location for films for its dramatic landscape.


It stretches over 80 square kilometers of sandy coastal desert and beach close to Laoag City.


Mayor Farinas has also opened the sand dunes for business development.


Formantes said the experience is just a start for members of media.


“We will look at all the tourist spots of the city to increase the level of awareness of our members of media for them to easily promote it,” he said.


Laoag City is a favorite tourist destination in Northern Luzon. Tourism promotes development by creating industries and employment. (ANL/CPC-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)

Laoac celebrates 2nd Tupig Festival

LAOAC, Pangasinan, Feb. 27 (PIA) — This youngest municipality in the province—it was created only in 1980—will hold its second Tupig Festival, which will coincide with its 32nd town fiesta celebration from February 25 to March 6.


The Tupig Festival was launched by the local government last year to promote the town’s native delicacy to the country and to the world. “Tupig” is a type of rice cake made from glutinous rice flour, coconut, molasses and sesame seeds wrapped in banana leaves and cooked over live charcoal.


It is being sold in the streets and in buses by ambulant vendors getting on and off these vehicles and became a popular “pasalubong” (take home) from those coming from Pangasinan being a hearty snack and dessert for most Filipinos in the Ilocos Region.


Grace Zarate, administrative aide in the Mayor’s office said the activities lined-up for this year’s celebration of the Tupig Fest include a display of talents by young Lawakenians in the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Got Talent held at the municipal auditorium last February 25.


The launch of the second Tupig Festival was held last February 26 at the SM Rosales driveway. Zarate said it was a good marketing strategy for the town to endorse ‘tupig’ to many people flocking in the area. Demonstration of ‘tupig’ grilling and free tasting of the delicious delicacy delighted the spectators. It was capped by the Binibining Laoac Talent Competition at the mall’s event center.


Religious faithfuls will convene for the Fiestang Kristiyano at Pasasalamat (Christian Feast and Thanksgiving) on March 2. Following this is the opening of the Agri-Trade Fair that showcases the town’s local products. Local government projects shall be inaugurated on the same day.


To encourage Lawakenians to be physical fit, a marathon will be conducted in the morning of March 3. It will be followed by the Tupig Festival celebration along Agbayani road in the town proper at 8:00 in the morning. Subsequently, a sky diving exhibition of the Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) will be held at 10 in the morning at the Don Rufino Tabayoyong Central School (DRTCS). Capping that day is the search for the Binibini at Ginoong Laoac.


Then, the Tour de Laoac, a mountain biking competition for senior citizens is at stake in the morning of March 4 followed by a basketball exhibition of celebrities versus selected players to instill healthy lifestyle for both young and old folks.   The night is intended for Lawakenians in the People’s Night event.


Other activities include a civic parade, Tour de Laoac, a round bike invitational competition, and coronation of Mrs. Laoac on March 5. The pageant for Ms. Gay ends this year’s celebration on March 6.


The festivity is a stride for Laoac and its delicacy to be known not only in the province but in the country as well. It also marks domestic tourism and economic growth for this young town of Pangasinan. (ANL/AMM-PIA 1 Pangasinan)