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Early Christmas gifts for Dagupan City


A travel journal that will give you a pleasant view of people, places, food, culture, history and events from a refreshing perspective

By @SiRVis


CHRISTMAS came early for Dagupan City as it received several outstanding achievements and accolades that made Dagupenos proud. Here’s the list:

Dagupan won 9 gold (five gold in swimming, three in archery and one in karatedo), 15 silver and nine bronze medals in the 2017 Batang Pinoy Luzon Qualifying Leg held in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur last October 21-28.

Dagupan City is recognized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as “Most Competitive City” in the region during the 3rd Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index (CMCI) awards ceremonies held in Dagupan last November 10. Dagupan was also recognized by DTI as the number one among the nine component cities in the region in the infrastructure, government efficiency, and economic dynamism categories. DTI Region 1 Director Florante Leal lauded Mayor Belen Fernandez for the awards and her leadership.

Dagupan City also earned the Seal of Good Local Governance 2017 Award (Pagkilala sa Katapatan at Kahusayan ng Pamahalaang Lokal). This is Dagupan City’s 3rd consecutive SGLG award (2015, 2016, 2017). The award was given last November 24, 2017 at the Manila Hotel. The Seal of Good Local Governance is a program of the Department of Interior and Local government that seeks to promote transparency and accountability in local governance. Kudos to Mayor Belen Fernandez, the LGU officials and all Dagupenos!

The Balon Dagupan Children’s Choir (BDCC) is the winner of the 2017 National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Children’s Choir category. The chorale competition was held during the National Music Week and National Finals Weeks at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) last November 23 and 24.  They were also honored by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry Incorporated during the 30th Awit Awards last November 19 for winning in Malaysia last year.

Vice Mayor Marc Brian Lim brings pride to the city as well as the country having been elected 2018 World President of the Junior Chamber International (JCI). He is the 6th Filipino and the first Dagupeño elected as World President.

Leonor Rivera’s piano is back in Dagupan! The 18th century piano was brought back to the city on November 23 from the Hiyas ng Bulacan Museum in Malolos by Councilor Jeslito “Jigs” Seen, chairman of Culture and Arts Committee and Culture and Arts officer Zenaida Sinlao.

Let’s count our blessings and gifts as December starts and ushers the city to the Christmas season and the Dagupan City Fiesta! The annual City Fiesta theme is “Our City, Our Home, Our Pride… Beyond Platinum!”

Come and have fun in Dagupan!

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