New MacArthur Park to rise in Tondaligan

A new MacArthur Park will soon rise at the Bonuan Tondaligan to remind the present and new generations of the landing of the Allied liberation forces on the beaches of the Lingayen Gulf on January 9, 1945.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez said the construction of the park, which will feature a replica of MacArthur walking on the shores of Bonuan along with his staff officers, will start on the second quarter of the year.

She made the announcement when she conducted an ocular inspection of the site where the park will be built in Tondaligan on February 2.

The park will be constructed on the site where the old water reservoir of the Dagupan City Water District is positioned.

Meanwhile, Councilor Jeslito C. Seen, chairperson, committee on arts, culture and heritage, said he is seeking professional help of the NHCP for a list of officially and unofficially declared pieces of historical legacies, structures, relics and artifacts that are associated with the history of Dagupan.

NHCP  Executive Director Ludovico D. Badoy wrote Seen on November 17, 2017 that the only historical structure and site listed in the book “Historical Markers” are the old Church of Dagupan and the Luzon Landing in Bonuan Blue Beach.

There are other structures identified as historically significant but are not installed with historical markers: Dagupan City Light Station, Paaralang Elementarya ng West Central 1 and the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital.

There is presently a marker of the Luzon Landing with a monument of Gen. MacArthur in Bonuan Gueset but the lot on which it stands is privately owned.

The transfer of the marker and the monument to Tondaligan would give the youth better access to the park, said Seen.

The city is undertaking a citywide cultural mapping.

According to Seen there are at least 500 items/sites of historical significance in the city that will soon be submitted to the commission for approval.

Once approved these items/sites of historical significance will complete the production of the city’s official coffee book next year said Seen. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)

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