Tuesday, May 4, 2010

To mark the Dawning of Pangasinan’s Golden Era: Spectacular Fireworks Display wows over 30,000 spectators

Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. led the public viewing of the spectacular fireworks display which capped the whole day affair of celebrating the first ever “Agew na Pangasinan” last April 5 at the Capitol Beach Front.

Some 30,000 revelers from all walks of life stood in awe and marveled as a kaleidoscope of colors and an array of shapes lit up the sky for over 20 minutes.

Before it started, Governor Espino addressed the crowd and steered the multitude in greeting the province a happy birthday, as everyone shouted in chorus, “Happy Birthday Pangasinan!”

“You, the young generation, amin ya ya gagawaen mi diad probinsiya para ed sicayo ya untumbok ed sikami ya manuley ed sayay probinsiya tayo,”(Everything we do here in the province is intended for you, the young generation who will be our future leaders) Governor Espino said to the spectators of mostly teenagers who flocked to the beach to witness the night-long concert dubbed “Konsyerto ed Kapitolyo.”

Starting at 7:00 in the evening, various local bands took the stage to perform their own compositions and cover of contemporary songs much to the delight of the crowd who danced and sang along with their music.

National band Emil Sanglay’s Pen-pen had the audience glued as they belted out their music about Philippine culture and love for Mother Nature.

When Rivermaya went onstage, it was all euphoria when they rendered their classic rock songs like “214, Himala, Ulan, Awit ng Kabataan” and many others.

Kimberly Caronongan and Israh Kamille Cruz, both third year students of Pangasinan National High School, could not hide their excitement and said of the celebration, “Masaya talaga ang selebrasyon ng Pangasinan Day. What a way para i-celebrate natin ang kaarawan ng probinsiya.”

Meanwhile, Giano Charl Fernandez, a 10-year old boy from Bugallon who obviously came to witness the fireworks display, said, “Maganda talaga, parang New Year.”

The celebration continued up to wee hours as “Ang Banda ni ATE,” a group of provincial government employees, performed to the crowd who were up for last. (PIO/Rafael Manuel)

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