Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Malacañang declares April 5 a special non-working holiday in Pangasinan

The Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines has issued Proclamation No. 2033, officially declaring Monday, April 5, 2010, as special (non-working) day in the Province of Pangasinan for the celebration of Pangasinan’s 430th Founding Anniversary.

Signed by Executive Secretary Leandro R. Mendoza on March 31, 2010, the proclamation stated that it is but fitting and proper that the people of Pangasinan be given full opportunity to celebrate the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.

By virtue of Provincial Ordinance 143-2010 passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on February 15, 2010 and signed by Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., April 5, 1580 was declared as the official founding day of the province after a year of painstaking study by the research group created by the governor.

The Provincial Government has slated a string of activities from street parade, musical extravaganza and awarding ceremonies to mark the first-ever celebration of Pangasinan’s Founding Day, now on its 430th year of existence.

A thanksgiving mass will be offered at 6:30 in the morning to be followed by the Opening and Commemorative Program, which includes the unveiling of the new official provincial seal at the Capitol Plaza.

At 9:00 AM, the newly-renovated and resurrected Sison Auditorium, now dubbed as the Cultural Center of the North, will be opened to the public in a fitting blessing and inauguration ceremonies.

Simultaneously, spectators will be treated to a riot of sights and sounds as 13 colorful historical floats showcasing the significant history of the province, embellished by various street dancing contingents and drum and bugle corps will fill the main streets of Lingayen.

Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos, Pangasinan’s most illustrious son, will lead the groundbreaking ceremonies of the Pangasinan Eco-tourism zone in Barangay Estanza, Lingayen at 9:30 AM.

Meanwhile, a concert featuring Rivermaya and Emil Sanglay’s Pen-pen, supported by promising local acts, will start at 5:00 noon at the Capitol Beachfront.

Pangasinan’s sons and daughters who excelled in various fields of endeavors will be recognized and awarded in the first-ever ASNA Awards at the Sison Auditorium at 7:00 in the evening, according to the organizers.

The day’s activities will be capped by a spectacular fireworks display at the Lingayen Beach Front, the Provincial Government’s way of marking the arrival of the Pangasinan Golden Era. (PIO/Rafael Manuel)

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