Monday, April 26, 2010

‘I have never seen the Sison Auditorium as Beautiful as it is now.’- FVR

No less than former President Fidel V. Ramos expressed awe when he saw the new look of the Sison Auditorium dubbed as the Cultural Center of the North during its blessing and inauguration rites last April 5.

“I have never seen the Sison Auditorium as beautiful as it is now,” the former President said as he toured the newly resurrected building together with Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. and other guests.

Gov. Espino has personally supervised the renovation works of the auditorium from its intricately handcrafted interiors to its state-of-the-art lighting that provides a cozy atmosphere and an overall ambience meticulously designed to compete with the best cultural centers of the land.

The governor said that the renovation of the facility which embodies the culture and the historic past of province will pave the way for the provincial government’s vision to spearhead an aggressive effort to revive, promote, and preserve genuine Pangasinan theatre arts and culture.

“I am deeply honored that these things were realized under my administration,” Gov. Espino said as he added that the enhancement of the built-in attraction of some tour circuits in the province and the establishment of the founding date of Pangasinan are dedicated to all Pangasinenses, young and old alike, that will strengthen their sense of identity.

It will be recalled that since the Governor started his term as the provincial chief executive in July 2007, the revival of local arts and culture was initiated that started with the usage of Pangasinense dialect in different occasions such as during the conduct of regular flag-raising ceremony in the Capitol and other major events in the province.

The revival of local zarzuela and local songs and dances were also launched as part of the activities during the annual Pista’y Dayat festival.

The Sison Auditorium, constructed in 1926 to 1927, named after former Pangasinan Governor Teofilo Sison, will serve as a venue for local or national cultural conventions and shows as well as a venue where historical documents and practices of the province in its 430th years of existence will be enshrined. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)

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