LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Nov. 28 —Pangasinenses can take a glimpse at the colorful and rich culture of the province with the holding of the grand finals of the 1st Pangasinan Culture and Arts Festival dubbed, Balitok a Tawir on Friday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m. at the Sison Auditorium here.
"Balitok a Tawir", which was launched as one of the highlights of the Tourism Month last September, aimed to recapture and rediscover the culture and arts of Pangasinan and further raise the level of awareness of the people of the diverse heritage of the province.
It is conceptualized by the present administration thru the stewardship of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. as a program that features Pangasinan culture, songs and dances that will catapult the province to become the center of culture and arts in the north.
Marife Acerit, Special Events chief, said that finalist from 14 local government units will vie for the three categories such as zarzuela, choral and folk dance.
Acerit said that the participating teams are composed of officials and employees of various local government units in Pangasinan.
Eight LGUs will compete in the choral category. These are Agno, Mabini, Manaoag, Calasiao, Bautista, Urdaneta and Natividad.
Finalists for folk dance competition will include Agno, Binmaley, Lingayen, San Fabian, Malasiqui, Sta. Maria and San Manuel.
The LGUs of Agno and Manaoag, on the other hand, will compete with each other in the zarzuela category.
Pangasinan Culture and Arts Festival is a pet project of Gov. Espino as an effective measure of raising the awareness of the people to once again embrace their diverse culture and arts and further express ones love for the province.
This is part of the "I love Pangasinan" campaign launched earlier by the province in line with its aim to revive and preserve arts and culture as well as to promote the cleaning and greening of public areas in all towns and cities of Pangasinan.
"Balitok a Tawir" revolves on the core theme,Pangasinan: "Luyag ko tan Yaman.
The competition will culminate with the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree located at the Capitol plaza where the announcement of the grand winners will also take place.(PNA) RMA/lvm/lmmicua1820/rma