Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Pangasinan Pista’y Dayat Fever Up

Provincial Administrator Raffy Baraan bared during the Lingguhang Talakayan sa Kapitolyo held last April 12 that this year’s Pista’y Dayat Celebration will have the same intensity and the same grandeur as in previous years, notwithstanding the busy schedules of provincial officials who are in the thick of campaigning.

Provincial Treasurer Nestor Quiambao, this year’s Executive Chairman, said Pista’y Dayat will kick off with the opening of the Tourism and Trade Expo on April 23, which will showcase Pangasinan’s prime tourist destinations, tourism services, best local products from towns with one town-one product (OTOP) packages and small and medium enterprises.

A youth camp dubbed “Doypuay Kalangweran” to promote the joy and adventure of camping while exposing the youth to environmental preservation and care will start on April 29.

A certified crowd drawer, the Grand Orchestra Showdown which will include ballroom dancing, will be restaged on April 29.

Meanwhile, a river cruise of decorated bancas called “Banca Parada” along the Agno River to be highlighted by the giving of Pakar Awards to the cleanest rivers and riverbanks and a boodle fight among local officials will be held on the morning of April 30, while the afternoon is reserved for “Takayan na Dayew,” a presentation of talents of Pangasinenses via vocal solo presentation and the night for the revival of theatrical past times of our old folks call zarzuela.

On May 1, the Provincial Government will offer a thanksgiving mass for a year of bountiful harvest from the sea. Another crowd drawer, the “Sayawan ed Aplaya” or street dancing will be participated in by street dancers from various towns and cities will be held.

The selection of “Limgas na Pangasinan,” a beauty and talent search will be held in the evening followed by a spectacular fireworks display called “Manlangalang ya Aplaya.”

Provincial Information Officer Butch Velasco said ever since Governor Espino assumed office, the Pista’y Dayat celebration has become an advocacy for environmental preservation and protection even as he bared that the Provincial Government will tap this year’s Limgas na Dayat top five finalists to become the province’s ambassadors of peace, health care, agriculture, education, and tourism and investments- the Espino Administration’s top five development thrusts.

Sponsored events by media networks will also be held during the Pista’y Dayat Celebration. (PIO/Rafael Manuel III)

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