AS the Philippines prepares for the 50th grand anniversary celebration of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), several local government units are also gearing up to participate in the golden event.
The Dagupan City government will be one of the LGUs that will participate in the simultaneous Landmark Lighting Activity on August 8, 2017.
Mayor Belen Fernandez of Dagupan City has convened a committee to stage a memorable and meaningful ASEAN anniversary celebration for Dagupeños and Pangasinenses.
“Six lanterns bearing the ASEAN emblem will be lit for the event with the main lantern at the City Plaza. The signature Dagupan product, bangus, will also be mounted alongside the lantern and the seal of Balon Dagupan,” Fernandez said.
The Dagupan City Schools Division of the Department of Education has enjoined all public and private schools in the city to participate in the historic event.
A parade will commence at 4 p.m. of August 8 at Burgos Street with students carrying flaglets of the ASEAN countries while teachers will be garbed in traditional costumes of the ASEAN member-countries.
The parade will end at the city plaza for the program and the simultaneous lighting of the ASEAN lanterns at 7 p.m. The Dagupan City event will be aired by PTV-4 as part of the national celebration with the main event in Metro Manila.
Aside from the Philippines, other member-countries of ASEAN are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. (PIA-Pangasinan/ VHS)