LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, March 29 –The first treat of summer in Pangasinan will unfold before the eyes on April 11 with the holding of the Pangasinan Day, also called locally as "Agew na Pangasinan", marking the foundation of the province.
The Pangasinan Day is only first of triple treats in the province during the coming summer. The two others which also begin with letter "P" are the "Pistay Dayat" (Sea Festival) and the Palarong Pambansa.
"Pistay Dayat" is set on April 15 to May 2 while the Palarong Pambansa is scheduled from May 6 to 12 this year.
These three "Ps" will all underscore the Pangasinan [people's love of their cultural heritage and the environment where they live.
Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. will lead in all these mega-activities, together with members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, local government officials, provincial government department heads, employees and heads of national agencies.
The Pangasinan Day on April 11 will begin with a Thanksgiving Mass at 7:30 a.m. at the Capitol Plaza.
This will be followed by a commemorative program also at the Capitol Plaza at 8 a.m. featuring the launching of the Pangasinan Orthography by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino and the awarding of winners of the 1st Pangasinan Literary Contest.
National Artist for Literature Francisco Sionil-Jose, a native of Rosales town, will grace the commemorative program as guest of honor and speaker.
Provincial accountant officer-in-charge Arturo Soriano said at 10 a.m after the commemorative program, contingents of local government units (LGUs) in Pangasinan will display their unique historical floats and street dancing prowess along with non-government organizations during the Parada ed Dalan: Float Parade and Street Dancing Competition at the Capitol Grounds.
Some 20 floats and 23 groups of street dancers of LGUs will join the contest along with walk-in NGOs also showcasing own floats.
Tourism Operations Division chief Ma. Luisa Elduayan said the Blessing and Opening of the 5th Tourism and Trade Expo will follow to be held at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC).
More than 150 exhibitors from Pangasinan and other provinces are expected to showcase their best local products, food, arts and crafts, prime tourist destinations, establishments and services until May 15.
After the blessing and opening, the competition for Street Dancing will commence at the Capitol grounds where the contingents will be given 10 minutes each to perform their history-laden dances.
The excitement of the afternoon program continues until the evening with the ASNA Awards to be held at the Sison Auditorium at 6 p.m. simultaneous with a Concert at the Beachfront.
The ASNA Award is the highest expression of recognition given to outstanding Pangasinenses with an ASNA awardee compared to an invaluable grain of salt who connotes selfless and committed service to his fellow "kaluyagan" (provincemate).
ASNA was coined from the word "asin" (salt) from which Pangasinan got its name. (PNA)