Agew na Pangasinan
A travel journal that will give you a pleasant view of people, places, food, culture, history and events from a refreshing perspective
AGEW na Pangasinan or Pangasinan Day is celebrated to commemorate the province’s foundation 437 years ago. Malacanang declared April 5 a special non-working holiday to allow Pangasinenses to celebrate and participate with activities slated for the day.
Pangasinan Day kicked off with a Thanksgiving Mass at the Sison Auditorium and a commemorative program and awarding of winners in the “Kurit Panlunggaring” (Pangasinan Literary Contest). Winners for youth division are as follows: Realyn Lee A. Nepascua, Denson D. Padlan, Liera D. Aguinaldo and Angela Kate N. Estrada. For adult division, on the other hand, the following are the winners: Alvin S. De Guzman, Dionisia Fernandez, Harvie C. Aquino, Alez Romeo Fernandez, Jomel D. Loresca, Alma A. Nepascua and Renato Santillan.
Ms. Rebecca Bustamante-Mills, President of Chalre Associates and Asia CEO Forum and an ASNA awardee was the commemorative program’s guest of honor and speaker. She is the “Maid who Made it” who struggled from being a nanny, studied while working abroad until she was able to secure a permanent residency and with her savings established a recruitment agency to help fellow Filipino workers.
After the program, Gov. Amado Espino III opened the Pangasinan Trade and Tourism Expo at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC). The trade fair and expo is on its 10th year and it’s one of the annual highlights of Agew na Pangasinan and Pista’y Dayat celebrations to kick-off on April 5 until May 1. An art exhibit presented by “Liket Datek” Art Group in cooperation with the Pangasinan lensmen dubbed Panag-Arte La Art Exhibit featured paintings and photographs displayed at the PTDC. Hungry? The new Capitol Food Park located at the back of the Veterans Park was put up this year for the duration of the Pistay Dayat celebration. The food park shall feature food stalls of popular restaurants of the province.
The Street-dancing in Parada na Luyag made the event more festive as the Mapandan contingent “Tribu Pandan” won the competition participated by different municipalities of Pangasinan. Villasis, Mabini, Lingayen, Balungao and Bayambang came up as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th runners-up respectively.
The Agew na Pangasinan celebration was capped off by a “Konsyerto ed Kapitolyo” (Concert at the Capitol) featuring Mitoy and the Draybers Band along with some other local talents. Mitoy Yonting, a Pangasinense won the first season of The Voice of the Philippines in 2013.
*Erratum on the last issue: the column was titled “Revisiting Lingayen” instead of “Reaping” Agri-Industrial Success in Pangasinan” in the printed version of The North Vista. For comments and suggestions, message The North Vista @thenorthvista on Facebook and Instagram.