DAGUPAN CITY, April 3 (PIA) — All roads will lead to Pangasinan as it marks its 433rd founding anniversary on April 5.
Maria Luisa Elduayan, provincial tourism officer, said the event will kick off with a thanksgiving mass at the Capitol plaza at 7:30 am.
One the event’s highlights is the presentation of the book, “Pangasinan History and Development” to Governor Amado T. Espino Jr.
The book was researched by the Pangasinan Historical and Cultural Commission, Elduayan said during the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of the Philippine Information Agency over DZMQ Radyo ng Bayan on Tuesday.
Awarding of winners in the Kurit Panlunggaring 2013 (2nd Pangasinan Literary Contest) and the Balitok a Tawir culture and arts festival will also be held on the event.
The local governments of Bautista and Urdaneta City are expected to render cultural performances.
Five prominent Pangasinenses will be awarded for their outstanding works in their respective fields during the 4th Asna Awards Night and Grand Ball at the Sison Auditorium. Asna means salt in the Pangasinan dialect.
A night-long variety show, dubbed Paliket ed Aplaya will be held at the Lingayen Beachfront to cap the celebration.
Comprising the variety show are the Takayan na Dayew singing contest and performances from local talents such as Insyong and Gusting, and Banda ni ATE.
Alma Quintans-Kern, an Asna awardee for International Cooperation and Leadership in 2012, will be the guest of honor for the celebration.
Quintans-Kern, a native of Sta. Barbara town, is a descendant of the late Governor Daniel Maramba.
Pangasinan originally celebrates its anniversary on November 30, but a 2009 research by the Pangasinan Research and Study Committee showed that the province was founded on April 5, 1580 when it gained its status as a separate political unit.
In 2010, the sangguniang panlalawigan enacted a law declaring April 5, 1580 as Pangasinan’s official foundation day.
Elduayan urged Pangasinenses to join the celebration to show their love for the province. (MCA/ARRF/PIA-1 Pangasinan)