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List of Municipalities in the Pangasinan province within Region I in the Republic of The Philippines
Agno || Aguilar || Alcala || Anda || Asingan || Balungao || Bani || Basista || Bautista || Bayambang || Binalonan || Binmaley || Bolinao || Bugallon || Burgos || Calasiao || Dasol || Infanta || Labrador || Laoac || Lingayen (Capital) || Mabini || Malasiqui || Manaoag || Mangaldan || Mangatarem || Mapandan || Natividad || Pozzorubio || Rosales || San Fabian || San Jacinto || San Manuel || San Nicolas || San Quintin || Santa Barbara || Santa Maria || Santo Tomas || Sison || Sual || Tayug || Umingan || Urbiztondo || Villasis
Cities in the Province of Pangasinan: Alaminos City || Dagupan City || San Carlos City || Urdaneta City
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Pangasinan journalist wins big in 2014 Bright Leaf Journalism Awards


DAGUPAN CITY, Dec. 19 (PIA) – It’s victory the second time around for a Pangasinan journalist hailed as one of the big winners in the 2014 Bright Leaf Journalism Awards held at the Sofitel Plaza in Manila recently.

Gabriel Cardinoza, Pangasinan-based reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer bagged two awards this year- the Tobacco Story of the Year and the Agriculture Story of the Year.

His feature story, “Pangasinan farmers pin hopes on tobacco” won the Tobacco Story of the Year which narrates the devotion and labor of the Pangasinan farmers put in each tobacco farming season to have a good harvest.

For decades, the farmers planted tobacco after every rice cropping season. Everytime they have to borrow money from tobacco traders, the latter demanded to be paid with tobacco at a price the traders dictated. But with the government’s recent pronouncement that tobacco farmers should directly benefit from excise tax collection from cigarette manufacturers, the farmers became hopeful.

Cardinoza also bagged the Best Agriculture News Story - National for his article, “Carabao vanishing in Pangasinan” also published in PDI. It tackled the dwindling population of the national animal as they are being butchered for meat. The provincial board passed an ordinance regulating the sale and slaughter of female carabaos while the Philippine Carabao Cnter distributed foreign-bred carabaos to cooperatives.

“I was just doing the usual routine of my job and one day we covered the news on the dwindling number of carabaos and the renewed hopes of the tobacco farmers. These stories inspired me to join the Bright Leaf again,“ Cardinoza told the Philippine Information Agency.

Cardinoza first won the Bright Leaf Award in 2012 for the Best Agriculture Feature Story with his article titled ‘Weather-proof Fish Cage seen as Savior of Aquaculture Industry.”

Other big winners in the award were Cherry Ann Lim and Liberty Pinili bagging the Agriculture Story of the Year for the story “Fish in Troubled Waters” published in Sun Star Cebu. Lim also bagged the Agriculture Story of the Year-Regional for the story on “Bug slay, nature’s way.”

Mauricio Victa brought home the award for Tobacco Photo of the year captioned “Leaves of Gold” published in the Business Mirror while Baguio Midland Courier lensman Harley F. Palangchao won this year’s Agriculture Photo of the Year award with “Frostlandia.”

All four major winners received a cash prize of P50,000 , an IPad mini and a trophy plus an Asian Cruise.

The Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards was launched in 2007 by Philipp Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc. (PMPMI). Its website said “Bright Leaf is the name given to Virginia Tobacco because it turns into a vivid yellow when it is cured with intense heat.”

The Bright Leaf Awards is committed to promoting and creating awareness on the most current agriculture issues and the best farming practices from environment care, safety, to crop sustainability. In so doing, the general public’s attention is focused on the plight of the agriculture sector as well as the opportunities available.

The agriculture sector comprises 30% of the country’s labor force.

The company’s external affairs director, Bayen Elero-Tinga, said this year the contest organizers obtained the most number of entries in its eight-year history after holding road shows in major agricultural regions nationwide.

SMC to open TPLEX-Urdaneta on Saturday


MANILA, Philippines - San Miguel is set to open on Saturday the second section of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX), which will link Carmen to Urdaneta, Pangasinan.

The new segment will help decongest traffic in Northern Luzon during the holiday season.

San Miguel says the 14-kilometer segment of TPLEX-Urdaneta will be toll-free for a month, starting December 20 to January 20, 2015.

The first section of TPLEX opened early this year.

San Miguel plans to complete the third and last section from Urdaneta to Rosario in December next year.

The whole project is expected to reduce road travel from Tarlac to La Union to 45 minutes, from 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours.

Christmas Feature: Pangasinan province owns world's longest Christmas carol


DAGUPAN CITY, Dec. 17 (PNA) -- The province of Pangasinan owns what is considered today as the world's longest Christmas carol comprising of 40 stanzas with each stanza consisting of six short lines, written in the Pangasinan dialect.

Old folks say the song, "Galikin (O Come All Ye), which is still preserved today, thanks to the Internet, is one of Pangasinan's treasures, and is a legacy of the present generation of Pangasinenses from their ancestors.

"Galikin" is many times longer than any known Christmas carols, like "O Come All Ye Faithful", "Silent Night, O Holy Night", "Little Town in Bethlehem or the "White Christmas".

Carolers, reading the song from a pamphlet, used to spend one hour or even more till they complete the song, said an elderly woman from Binmaley town, who knows the rhythm of the song too well, but not its lyrics.

"We usually usher the carolers into our home so that they can read their song well from their pamphlets," she said, recalling this experience when she was still a child.

But for now, the present generation of Pangasinenses, whose province is home of the Pangasinan-speaking people, and Ilocano-speaking people, is now dearly longing to hear "Galikin" as the carolers are now fast thinning out.

Many of the "Galikin" carolers may have already died but not the song they were singing before, as someone in this generation was wise enough to store it for the sake of the future generations.

At this time, however, it is still a puzzle where the "Galikin" came from, much less who composed it, nor the time it was written, but it was hailed as a masterpiece of sort, one that can stand out in a life time.

In fact, Pangasinan's foremost historian Restituto Basa, now 84, hinted a similarity between the classic "Messiah" composed by German-borne George Fredrick Handel who lived from 1685 to 1789, and "Galikin".

The "Messiah", comprising of 40, lines and divided into three parts, is sang by a chorus with an alto, soprano and tenor alternating plus a blend of symphony in the background.

Handel's classic started from the prophesy of salvation by prophet Isaiah, to the birth of Jesus, till his passion and death in the cross, his resurrection and so on.

On the other hand, "Galikin", although in 40 stanzas, depicts the moving events that happened only from the conception of Jesus by Virgin Mary up to his birth (December 25) on a cold winter night in a manger in Bethlehem where he was first visited by shepherds and the three magi (kings) who gifted him with gold, myrrh and frankincense.

It can be sang alternately by two different groups of carolers to at least capture a little grandeur of "Messiah", but minus a symphony such as in the latter.

Historian Basa hinted it was a Dominican priest assigned in a parish in Urdaneta (a town named after Spanish Fr. Andres de Urdaneta), who was familiar with the Pangasinan language, who wrote the song sometime in the 1800 and derived it from Handel's "Messiah".

Messiah was composed by Handel in 1742 and took Europe by storm after that.

He said it was possible that the person who composed "Galikin" was familiar with Handel's "Messiah".

Among the biblical persons mentioned in "Galikin", aside from the holy family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus, are Isabel, cousin of the Virgin Mary, the angel Gabriel, Herod, the tyrant king, and Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar.

Pangasinan to benefit soon from World Bank-funded PDRP


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Dec. 16 (PNA)--The province of Pangasinan will soon be a beneficiary of the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) and its sub-projects to further enhance the province's agriculture and the life of farmers.

This, after the provincial board passed a resolution on Dec. 15 authorizing Gov. Amado Espino Jr. to sign a memorandum of agreement with Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala for the implementation of the program.

The PRDP is a poverty reduction program of the DA in partnership with local government units which aims to improve the income and food security of rural poor and indigenous communities of the Philippines through infrastructure and other livelihood projects.

The board said the PDRP is designed as an Adaptable Loan Program (ALP) jointly funded by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) or World Bank, the national government through the Department of Agriculture and the Local Government Unit-beneficiaries.

The provincial government of Pangasinan headed by Gov. Espino has intended to avail of the program as one of the provincial LGU recipients, thus a MOA with DA is needed before its implementation.

The MOA will serve as a vehicle for collaboration efforts between the province and DA to further enhance agricultural productivity, the board said.

However, the MOA to be signed by Gov. Espino with Secretary Alcala is subject to ratification by the provincial board.

DFA satellite office opens in Pangasinan in January

By Johanne Margarette R. Macob [(PNA), CTB/LVM/JMRM/RMA]

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Dec. 15 (PNA)--- The satellite office of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) located at the second floor of Robinson's Place mall in Calasiao, Pangasinan will start operating in January, next year.

Board member Ranjit Shahani, chairman of the provincial board Committee on Foreign Relation and author of provincial resolution no. 317-2013 which endorsed the creation of a DFA consular office in the province, said the satellite office will be opened once the bio-rhythmic machines arrive.

With the new program of the DFA, the passport will contain the bio-rhythmic data of the owner, further discouraging fake passports.

Shahani said they are now contacting the Department of Budget and Management for the provision of the bio-rhythmic machines.

He said passports which cost roughly P1,000 each, will be made available seven to 10 days after application.

Furthermore, Shahani said, a foreign service officer once assigned Laos will lead the operations of the satellite office.

Under a public-private partnership scheme, the DFA will not pay any rental fee to Robinsons Place mall.

DFA satellite office in Pangasinan will serve the needs of people of Pangasinan and even those from neighboring provinces for issuance of new passports; renewal of expired passports; replacement of lost, expired or mutilated passports; and authentication of necessary documents.

Shahani said, “We just want to encourage people to have passports. Passports are not just travel documents, they are means of idenfication. In fact, they’re more effective as a notary public than cedula (community tax certificate)."

By virtue of ratified provincial resolution no. 635-2014, the DFA office in Pangasinan will be named Narciso Rueca Ramos Hall.

The late Secretary Ramos is Shahani's grandfather, who served as a secretary of the DFA.

The satellite office is in addition to the present DFA Regional Consular Office in San Fernando City, La Union.

"This, I think, is something Pangasinan will appreciate," he said of the project.

1st Dagupan Agri Congress & Fair opens

(Sunday Punch)

ORGANIC agricultural products, anyone?

The 1st Dagupan City Agricultural Congress and Fair, a feature of the part of the month-long celebration of the City Fiesta, has on display and for sale organically-grown products harvested from the different schools’ ‘Gulayan sa Paaralan’ projects.

Emma Molina, city agriculturist, said the vegetables on display were products of each city school district that adopted best practices in new gardening technologies to promote healthier food.

Notably, the Bonuan Boquig Elementary School utilizes the gardening technologies of aquaponics and hydroponics.

Mayor Fernandez encouraged the students to plant the pepper and tomato seedlings that they last Monday.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez and officials from the Department of Agriculture and Department of Education officially opened the exhibition last Monday at the City Plaza.

“We want to promote the participating schools’ abundant harvests and other products and to encourage efforts for sustainability,” said Molina.

The fair is also in line with the ‘Pagsasarili Program’ of the government, which aims to increase the production of agricultural products in schools.

“Planting trees in our schools and in our homes is one way of promoting health and wellness to our children. Through the Gulayan sa Paaralan program, we are teaching kids on the importance of eating healthy,” said Fernandez.

Pangasinan hospital turns medical gloves and vials into Christmas decor

By Joel Locsin / VC (GMA News)

A Pangasinan hospital is hitting two birds with one stone by turning "discarded" medical equipment like vials and medical gloves into Christmas decor.

The Eastern Pangasinan District Hospital made Christmas trees decorated with gloves, dextrose containers and capsules, GMA Dagupan reported.

Not only did the makeshift decor cheer up patients for the occasion, but they also made medical equipment less intimidating to children.

"Napaisip po namin na gloves, helping hand (sa) pedia ward. Gusto namin ma-entice yung mga bata," said nurse Johayle Sulpacio.

The hospital staff made sure the items used as decorations are cleaned and sterilized.

"Maganda naman po yung ginawa nila. Magandang tingnan sa mga tao," said patient Rosiella Villanueva.

Meanwhile, in Anda in Pangasinan, children took part in a "Christmas Around the World" activity, wearing the national costumes of various nations celebrating Christmas.

The activity aims to remind children of the meaning of Christmas - and to learn how to greet one a merry Christmas in various languages.

Puto Festival heats up in Calasiao

(Manila Bulletin)

Calasiao, Pangasinan — The Puto Festival in this town is heating up for a big climax this coming weekend until December 16 with a line-up of exciting activities honoring the big industry built on the tiny ricecake.

The festival formally opened last December 8 with the tiny cup-shaped puto flooding every restaurant and corner of this town.

Considered as Pangasinan’s “white gold,” being the most in-demand “pasalubong” or take-out of visitors in this province, the puto Calasiao is an economic driver that has given so many people jobs and businesses.

Among the festival activities are the Little Miss Puto Festival, the Puto Festival Job Fair and Sports Event, the Farmers’ Day, the Puto Producers/Vendors Got Talent, and contests such as Puto Construction and Design, Best Ways to Serve Puto, and Puto Eating.

Rudy de la Cruz, owner of “Bella’s Puto,” is the man behind the phenomenal success of the unique ricecake and president of the Calasiao Puto Producers Association.

De la Cruz ensured sanitation in the making of the product, which underwent testing by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) central office.

Misa de Gallo' slated at Pangasinan capitol Dec. 15-23


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Dec. 11 (PNA) -- The traditional anticipated "Misa de Gallo Ed Kapitolyo" (Midnight Mass at the Capitol) will start Dec. 15 in keeping with the tradition of the Christmas season. A mass for Christmas (Nativity of the Lord) will also be held at the Capitol Plaza at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24.

Relative to this, the provincial government led by Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. is inviting the public to take part in the "Misa de Gallo" in observance of the spiritual preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ.

Governor Espino and Pangasinan First Lady Priscilla I. Espino will light the advent lantern on the first "Misa de Gallo."

The second day "Misa de Gallo," on the other hand, will be highlighted with the mass celebrator’s prayer and blessing for Governor Espino and his wife on the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary.

Chief Administrative Officer Irmina Francisco said the provincial government started the "Misa de Gallo" tradition since 2007 when Governor Espino first assumed office.

Meanwhile, a grand Christmas party is scheduled on Dec. 19 at the Capitol Plaza as a treat to the employees of the provincial government from various departments, offices and hospitals of the province.

A New Year’s Eve Mass is also scheduled at the Capitol Plaza on Dec. 31 at 7 p.m.

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