Bagoong earthen jars stand tall at Pangasinan capital town

By Elsha Marie Soriano
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – You can’t miss two earthen jars standing tall at the Pangasinan’s capital town here.
Visible from afar, the two earthen jars locally called “pasig” will be placed in Lingayen’s main entry points and serve as a tourist attraction.
Councilor Judy Vargas said the 10 feet-tall jars symbolize the ubiquitous ‘bagoong’ (shrimp paste) Lingayen’s one-town-one-product (OTOP).
Vargas chairs the Bagoong Festival created to promote the bagoong industry, which has become a steady income provider for locals.
“The jars were made to globally promote and intensify “bagoong” (shrimp paste) as the official product of Lingayen town,” Vargas said after the jars’ ceremonial unveiling at the town plaza.
‘Pasig’ was traditionally used to store fish or shrimp mixed with salt through fermentation to make sweet-smelling and salty condiment, said Vargas during the street dancing competition held at the Dela Cruz Auditorium here.
Meanwhile, Bagoong Makers Association President Jun Bernal said the homegrown industry has been getting support from local governments in promoting the product locally and abroad.
“Bagoong making industry helped many fishermen, bagoong makers and businessmen in the province,” Bernal said. (MCA/EMBS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

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