Traditional games, skimboarding are Pista’y Dayat hits

LINGAYEN—The beach here in the capital town was abuzz with parlor games and sporting fun, both old and new, as the province celebrated its annual Pista’y Dayat (Sea Festival).

On April 26, residents participated in the Palaro sa Tabing Dagat where traditional Filipino games were played.

“Our main objective for this is to provide entertainment and fun to our provincemates,” said officer-in-charge provincial veterinarian, Dr. Eric Perez who chaired the event.

The games included hulian ng biik, where male participants tried to outdo one another in catching a piglet; palo sebo, where teenage boys had to climb a greased bamboo pole to get the flag at the top; karera sako or sack race participated in by mixed male and female groups; and tug-of-war.

Spectators equally had fun as they cheered continuously for their favourite entries, particularly in the palo sebo where it took almost an hour for a team to get the flag.

SKIMBOARDING

Meanwhile, the Pangasinan Skimboarding Community (PSC) provided free skimboarding lessons to promote the sport.

“Skimboarding is a beach sports that simulates surfing on shallow waters by the shoreline,” explained 20-year-old Adam Langit, co-founder of the PSC, at the launch and their initial exhibition of skimboarding last April 26 at the Lingayen beach.

Event-organizer Ellsworth Gonzales of the Provincial Population Office, said the provincial government wants to increase awareness on skimboarding in order to produce professional players in the future.

The PSC is composed of 30 members from three different groups –Skim Your Hearts Out, Skimfreaks, Skimbulog.– Johanne R. Macob

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