UP Subol Society to hold 40th ‘Padunungan’ in Lingayen

THE Padunungan 2020, an annual event organized by the University of the Philippines Subol Society (UPSS), will be its grandest yet and will be held on January 6 to 7, 2020 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center.

With the theme ‘Rekindling the Fire: Establishing the Youth’s Involvement on Social Change and Innovation’, this year’s Padunungan aims to show how the youth has become a key player in solving issues that affect the country.

Wenona Ico, UPSS Padunungan Baguio Chapter head, said Lingayen will be a special place for the society because the capital town is historically and strategically invaluable.

“Since it is the 40th, we could not help but reminisce the past 39 years of Padunungan, how the event endlessly grew and evolved into what it is now. And Lingayen would be a very good place to do this reminiscing. As the town’s name suggests, “Lingayen” etymologically came from the Pangasinan Word “Lingaoen”, which means “to look back”, said Ico in an interview.

The event, to be attended by an estimated 1,500 delegates from various schools in the province, who will participate in various competitions in essay and poem writing and quiz shows.

The events will focus on Pangasinan culture but all four major languages in Pangasinan (Pangasinan, Ilocano, Filipino and English) are incorporated in the contests.

This year’s Padunungan, however, will feature its first ever Video Making competition.

Cash prizes, gift certificates, and other prizes will be given away to delegates by the sponsors.

The UPSS is a non-stock and non-profit organization of Pangasinan students at the University of the Philippines.

“For 44 years, the organization has been promoting service and excellence through our projects that will benefit the province of Pangasinan and its people in the sector of education, sports and recreation, environment, youth empowerment, and social services”, said Ico.

With only two chapters, members of the UPSS are students of the UP Baguio and Diliman campuses, who all hail from Pangasinan. (Ahikam Pasion)

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