LINGAYEN —“Christmas is for the family and tonight we should celebrate as one family and one province.”
This was stated by Governor Amado I. Espino III during the opening of the Paskuan ed Kapitolyo on November 28, a prelude to the 100 years celebration of the establishment of the Provincial Capitol this December.
In calling for unity among Pangasinenses, the Governor said the provincial government cannot make an event successful without the cooperation of the various line agencies and the people.
Thus, he stressed that the event that required hard work and unity is a product of hardship of the different provincial offices and the national agencies for the love of Pangasinan.
Commending all provincial employees for their cooperation in making the event successful, the provincial chief executive specially mentioned the support accorded by the national agencies by decorating their buildings to include the TESDA, National Food Authority (NFA), Department of Education-Division 1, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Dept. of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), among others.
The curtain-raiser event was highlighted with a rhapsody of orchestra and drum and bugle music courtesy of Servinias band and Orchestra and the University of Luzon (UL) Drum and Bugle Corps and the Nativity re-enactment.
No-less than the first family headed by the Governor with First Lady Karina P. Espino and son Amado IV led the lighting of the Christmas Tree and Belen.
Added main attraction include the Kidiyam light and music show, Christmas Bazaar, and the unveiling of ‘Around the World @ the Capitol.
Meanwhile, the Christmas village at the Capitol has brought thousands of spectators who frolicked around the complex inspired in awe with the Yuletide-themed vicinity.
Visitors/guests from all walks of life have enjoyed a long walk within the complex as each structure were decorated based on country themes. Spectators took turn in picture taking and doing some selfies in every structure they viewed.
The centennial edifice, which is the seat of governance symbolized the Philippines was adorned with the well-crafted golden Nativity or Belen on the ground along with the well-lighted giant Christmas tree.
Malong building depicted an Australian theme with the Sydney Opera House and kangaroos as highlights. Palaris building, on the other hand, featured a Korean-inspired motif with the ancient dress and pottery as come-ons. Finance building highlights the Land of the Rising Sun’s famous cherry blossoms at the exterior and interior.
Other buildings attracted hordes of spectator notably the Sison Auditorium which was adorned with famous USA popular landmark to include the Statue of Liberty and Abong na Dayew with its China motif.
The Veteran’s Park and the Urduja House, on the other hand, were transformed into theme parks where children and old-alike can truly appreciate. Countries like Africa, Argentina, Canada and many others are likewise featured.
According to the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) headed by Ma. Luisa A. Elduayan, the different structures at the Capitol complex were categorized into four. Category A are comprised of the big buildings like Urduja House; Malong, Palaris, Finance buildings; and Sison Auditorium. Category B (small buildings)- PESO, PIO, OPag/OPVet, Legal Office/NCIP, Abong na Dayew, Capitol Resort Hotel and Provincial Library. Category C (National Line Agencies)-Provincial DOH, DILG, DOST, DPWH, DepEd and TESDA. Category D– food stalls inside Capitol Complex.
The following structures and their respective themes are as follows: Urduja House- United Kingdom; Malong Building- Australia; Palaris- Korea; Finance- Japan; Sison Auditorium- USA; PESO- Brazil; PIO- Argentina; OPag/OPVet/ENRO- Czech Republic; Legal Office/NCIP- Germany; Abong na Dayew- China; Capitol Resort Hotel- South Africa; Provincial Library- Canada; Provincial DOH- Denmark; DILG- Finland; DPWH- Russia; DepEd- Spain; TESDA- Italy. (Ruby R. Bernardino)
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