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Pangasinan to host BSP 6th National Venture Camp


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, April 22 (PNA) -- The province of Pangasinan will venture on hosting another national event next month.

This is the Boy Scouts of the Philippines' (BSP) 6th National Venture Camp to be held at the Lingayen beachfront from May 5-10.

The activity was ironed out during a coordination meeting between BSP executives - both from the national and local councils - with some provincial government department heads on April 22 at the provincial capitol.

The meeting was followed by an ocular inspection of the proposed campsite and its facilities.

Atty. Wendel Avisado, senior vice president and acting secretary general of the BSP, said that the camp with the theme “Scouting for Environment” is expected to draw some 4,500 to 5,000 participants from the 118 BSP councils in the entire country.

These include those from the regions of Northeastern Luzon, Central Luzon, National Capital Region, Southern Tagalog, Bicol, Western and Eastern Visayas, Western and Eastern Mindanao, and Ilocos.

“This is hosted by a province which we believe has the capacity and capability to host the national event.” Avisado remarked.

He added, “We are glad that the Pangasinan-San Carlos City Council has prepared well...We are happy to note that the provincial government through the Gov. Espino has really gone way ahead even of our expectations."

Avisado said the camp will be the BSP’s first to be conducted in an open campsite, in front of a beach.

“I'm sure the boy scouts coming will be elated because of the ongoing trade fair here,” he also noted.

Avisado also said that they, in coordination with the provincial engineering office, will put up additional toilet and bath facilities in the area, in consonance with the standard ratio of one toilet and bath facility to 50 scouts.

Meanwhile, the provincial disaster and risk reduction management council will spearhead the provision of security.

The Scout Venture Camp is being held once every three years to provide opportunities for senior scouts to practice and enhance their physical, social, mental, emotional and spiritual potentials.

Previously, BSP Regional Director Imelda Samson said that the camp would also help the boy scouts to discover challenging, adventurous, and experiential learning activities.

Samson added that for this year, the camp venture will focus on trainings that will help the scout members to become environmentally-conscious and always ready during disaster.

Governor Amado Espino Jr., regional chairman of the BSP, also expressed optimism that with the convergence of all local scout councils in the country, solidarity among the scouts will be more strengthened and readied for any challenges ahead.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, as president of the BSP for the past 14 years, will grace the event’s opening program in the afternoon of May 5, said Avisado.

‘Lakbay Alalay’ in Pangasinan cited


The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Pangasinan IV Engineering Office led by District Engineer Marietta B. Mendoza and Assistant District Engineer Edith Manuel successfully held the Lakbay Alalay motorist assistance program for the Holy Week that ended yesterday.

Mendoza and Manuel said that the one-week activity rendered assistance to all motorists in five stations in Santa Barbara, Calasiao, San Carlos City, and Bayambang.

Each station had teams working in three shifts.

Mendoza and Manuel said that a roving team was instructed to go around and monitor if there are some vehicles needing mechanical services or first aid.

They thanked all their employees who joined the Lakbay Alalay activity for the benefit of motorists traveling in the district.

Pangasinan to bare cleanest river, riverbanks in Pakar Awards

By April Montes (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan with reports from PIO)

DAGUPAN CITY, April 20 (PIA) –Pangasinan’s cleanest rivers and riverbanks will be revealed during the Pakar Awards at the foot of Bañaga Bridge in Bugallon town on May 1.

Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya said the Pakar Awards aims to recognize the noble efforts of local government units (LGUs) in the protection, management and preservation of river systems in the province. The recognition is part of the Pistay Dayat (Sea Festival) celebration.

Moya, however, said competing river and riverbank entries of local governments are those outside the project sites of the “Ilog Ko, Bilayen tan Aroen Ko” (My River, I Will Revive and Love) environmental program of the provincial government.

Now on its fourth year, the Pakar Awards has two major categories with two sub-categories each: Category A – Barangay Level has sub-categories 1 (coastal river) and 2 (inland river) while Category B – Municipal Level also comes with similar sub-categories.

Barangay Level winners will receive P 50,000 cash incentive while the winning towns will get P100,000 cash prize.

Four best practices of various municipalities and barangays in Pangasinan will also be awarded. Winners of the Best Practices Award will each get P25,000.

The team of evaluators is composed of representatives from the Provincial Agriculture Office, Pangasinan State University, City Environment and Natural Resources Office based in Dagupan City and the Pangasinan Federation of Non-Government Organizations.

Government agencies such as the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police will also serve as evaluators.

Meanwhile, the provincial government invites locals and spectators from different corners of the country to join Pangasinan in its celebration of “Pistay Dayat” – the festival which honors the fishermen and the sea and celebrates the bounty of the aquaculture industry.

Up until May 1, people may enjoy the various fun-filled activities lined up for the celebration.

April 11 – Opening of Pistay Dayat 2014 at the Capitol Beachfront, Lingayen (4 pm)/Opening of Tourism and Trade Expo (Expo up to May 10) and the Opening of Photo Exhibit and Launching of Photo Contest at the Provincial Training and Development Center, Lingayen (5:30 pm);

April 25 – Limgas na Pangasinan Pre-Pageant at the Sison Auditorium, Lingayen (8 pm);

April 26 – Launching of Skimboarding (7 am) and Palaro sa Tabing Dagat (8 am) at the Capitol Beachfront;

April 28 – Paboksing ed Gulpo (3 pm) and Takayan na Dayew (singing contest) (7 pm) at the Capitol Beachfront;

April 30 – Sand Sculpting Competition and Viewing (5 am), Doypuay Kalangweran (youth camp) (1:30 pm), Sayawan ed Aplaya (street dancing) (4 pm) at the Capitol Beachfront and the Limgas na Pangasinan Pageant Night (7 pm) at the Capitol Plaza, Lingayen;

May 1 – Triathlon (5 am) and Thanksgiving Mass (7 am) at the Capitol Beachfront; Banca Parada (fluvial parade) from Bantayan, Lingayen to Bañaga Bridge, Bugallon (8 am); Pakar Awards and Dragon Boat Exhibition at Bañaga Bridge (9 am); Rubiks Cube Competition (9 am), Drum and Bugle Exhibition (9 am), Beach Volleybelles Competition (9 am) and Water Sports Activities (3 pm) at the Capitol Beachfront and the GMA-7 Kapuso Night (6 pm) at Capitol Plaza.

PESO holds mini jobs fair


LINGAYEN–The Provincial Employment Services Office (PESO) will host another special recruitment event on April 29 to hire production operators needed by Epson Precision (Philippines), Inc.

PESO Chief Alex Ferrer said applicants are advised to bring the following requirements: bio-data with recent 2×2 photo, photocopy of birth certificate, Social Security System E-1, employment history details, transcript of records and diploma.

PESO held a mini jobs fair on April 14 at its new office located at the 2nd floor formerly United Way Building in Alvear Street East here beside the Department of Education-Pangasinan I Division Office Building.

Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Ilocos also continues to conduct job fairs in the region and the updated schedule is regularly posted at the DOLE regional website and its official Facebook account: DOLE Ilocos Region.

VP Binay to Pangasinan graduates: Be Strong


DAGUPAN CITY, April 18 (PIA) - Vice President Jejomar Binay has challenged the 1, 873 graduates of the Pangasinan State University to muster strength in facing challenges, in accepting their own fault and in reaching for their dreams.

Binay spoke during the 35th commencement exercises of the province’s state school. Citing himself as an example, Binay said poverty is not a hindrance to good education and pursuing one’s goal.

“Be strong and you will feel your own personal growth,” Binay said during his commencement speech on Tuesday at the Stadia.

Before he began his speech, he asked the graduates to salute and give a standing ovation to their parents and guardians who sent them to school.

“You must promise that you will give your first salary to your parents,” Binay said.

Aware of the new apprehensions to the new chapter in the graduates’ lives, Binay urged the graduates to be part of the growing opportunities for the workforce.

He said in the Southeast Asian region, the Philippines is a good investment capital and is endowed with a good labor force.

“We are a great resource, so take up the challenge to be part of the looming opportunities in the country to help improve your career and your lives,” Binay, added.

Meanwhile, PSU president Victoriano Estira said the commencement exercises this year was divided into three batches because of the huge number of graduating students. A total of of 3,890 graduating students from the nine campuses of PSU marched in this year’s graduation ceremonies.

Lenten destination: Our Lady of Manaoag in Pangasinan

By Karen Flores,

Planning to go on a Lenten pilgrimage? You may want to include the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag in Pangasinan, which is at least three hours away from Manila, in your list.

Dubbed the “pilgrim center of the north,” hundreds of people flock to Manaoag to attend mass, say a prayer, light candles and make flower offerings. The place can get easily packed on weekends, during Lent, and every October when the Feast of the Holy Rosary is celebrated.

The highlight of Manaoag is the ivory image of the Virgin Mary in the high altar of the shrine. Visitors are given a minute to touch a part of the image before proceeding to a holding area with statues of other religious figures.

At the end of the high altar is a souvenir shop where visitors can buy small images of Our Lady of Manaoag as well as rosaries, bracelets and other items. Several religious figures are on sale at the Manaoag Shrine. Photo by Karen Flores,

Masses at the Manaoag church are held every hour from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. and at 5 p.m. on weekdays; every hour from 5 a.m. to 12 noon and at 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays; and every hour from 5 a.m. to 12 noon and at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Vehicles and other religious articles may also be blessed after every mass from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

TPLEX segment is opened to the public

By Kimberly Go

A new section of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) runs from Moncada, Tarlac to Carmen in Rosales, Pangasinan.

That is a 27-kilometer segment of the tollway operated by the San Miguel-led Philippine Infrastructure Development Corporation (PIDC).

The company will not collect toll from motorists during the first month of operations, but after that, it's P170 for Class 1 vehicles from the start of the expressway up to the Carmen exit.

TPLEX will eventually run nearly 89 kilometers from Tarlac up to Rosario in La Union.

PIDC says it aims to finish the Urdaneta exit by December this year, and the entire expressway by December 2015.

That puts the project ahead of schedule by three years.

The company says that TPLEX, once completed, will significantly cut travel time from Manila to Baguio, Pangasinan, La Union, and the Ilocos Region.

Mark Dumol, PIDC President, said TPLEX will make it possible to drive from Manila to Baguio in just three hours, instead of six hours.

Authorities look forward to a boost in trade and tourism.

This Public Private Partnership project is estimated to cost P24 billion, with a P3-billion subsidy from the government.

Dumol says TPLEX adheres to the strictest safety standards.

Six cars and four motorcycles patrol the road daily, and there is always an ambulance on standby.

The Toll Regulatory Board, meanwhile, confirms TPLEX's compliance with prescribed safety protocols, although Alberto Suansing, the TRB road safety consultant said the expressway could use more patrollers to watch against overspeeding motorists.

Pangasinan readies integration of Pangasinan history into basic education curriculum


DAGUPAN CITY, April 15 (PNA)--Concerned teachers will undergo a workshop on the integration of the study of Pangasinan history into the basic education curriculum.

This was bared by lawyer Gonzalo T. Duque, president of the Lyceum-Northwestern University (LNU), chairman of the Pangasinan Historical and Cultural Commission (PHCC) created by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on order of Governor Amado Espino Jr.

"There will be a seminar workshop after the Holy Week to be led by Virgie Pasalo of the Women and Development Foundation (WDF) and also PHCC commissioner; and Fe Mangahas of the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) and they will find ways to integrate it (Pangasinan history book) into the curriculum," said Duque.

Duque, ASNA awardee for the promotion of history, culture and the arts during the recent Pangasinan Day last April 5, said that the study of the province's history will be first introduced to elementary and high school students, but eventually to tertiary level as well, for everyone to appreciate the social, political, economic, historical, and cultural development of Pangasinan.

Governor Espino said they expect the integration to begin in June this year as the Department of Education already expressed its approval to the idea.

If the plan pushes through, Pangasinan will be the only province to have such program, which according to Duque, will be surely replicated by other provinces.

The Espino administration in coordination with the PHCC has been giving priority focus on culture preservation.

Last year, the PHCC was tasked by the provincial government to come up with the province's history book.

At the same time, Duque said that they are trying to delve into history specifics by pushing for the creation of a Historical and Cultural Commissions in every town.

The history of Pangasinan will form part of chapter 1 while each town's account will comprise chapter 2, said Duque.

He added that the Commission with Espino and second district congressman Leopoldo Bataoil are also working for the rebuilding of the heritage building (Casa Real), the first seat of the provincial government during the Spanish time located in Lingayen

The province has also developed the Pangasinan Hymn and is also conducting its culture and arts festival dubbed as "Balitok A Tawir" (Golden Heritage) annually.

Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Pangasinan on Lenten Retreat


DAGUPAN CITY, April 14 (PNA)--The Sanguniang Panlalawigan (SP) has deferred its regular session Monday as its members are on an spirirual retreat in view of the observance of the Lenten Season.

The SP will resume its session by the last week of April but may hold special session whenever there is a need for it upon the call of majority of its members or of Governor Amado Espino Jr.

At the same time, the province of Pangasinan is still busy holding the Pista'y Dayat (Sea Festival) which is also being joined by some SP members.

This is the same situation in the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Dagupan where some of its members are also vacationing, some of them abroad, in view of Lent.

Dagupan City Councilor Jeslito Seen admitted that they have no session today and perhaps in the next Mondays in view of the Lenten Season.

But he said there is a need for the SP to go back to work because of many pending ordinances amd resolutions that need to be acted upon.

‘Kera kera’y Diyos,’ Pangasinan’s holy fish

By Gabriel Cardinoza (Inquirer Northern Luzon)

DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines— Ask anyone at the fish market here where to find “kera kera’y Diyos (God’s leftover)” and you will likely be directed to an ambulant vendor offering it.

Kera kera’y Diyos is a flatfish, also known as “dalupani” and “isdang dapa” in Filipino. Unlike other fish species, it is asymmetrical, and its eyes are located on one side of the fish’s flattened head.

Westly Rosario, chief of the National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center here, said local fishermen gave the fish this unusual name because it was supposed to be half of the fish that Jesus had eaten after the Resurrection.

“According to the story, Jesus consumed only half of the fish he was given to eat. The people considered it holy and decided to throw it back into the sea and it came back to life, even if half of its body was already consumed. It came to be known later as dalupani or kera kera’y Diyos in Pangasinan,” Rosario said.

But in a review of the short film “Ichthus” published in The Harvard Ichthus, a journal at Harvard University, it was Jesus himself who returned half of the fish to the sea.

According to the article, the short film by Ton Sison, a professor of theology and film at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, tells about a version of a story from the Gospel of John.

According to this story, fishermen gathered around Jesus one day. Soon enough, they were famished. “Who has food to share?” Jesus asked.

A small boy had a small fish. Immediately, he offered it to Jesus. Jesus took the fish and thanked Heaven. He then divided the fish into two equal parts. One of the halves, he multiplied into seven full baskets. Soon, everyone had more than enough.

The other half he blessed, “I offer this back to the sea in memory of a boy and his miracle of sharing. May it multiply so that the next generation will have a meal to share.”

Multiply, the fish did, apparently. All its offspring took the form of a half-fish, according to the tale. In due course, the poor had kera kera’y Diyos to catch. It has become their God-given portion of the Messiah’s meal.

Despite the different stories about the fish, Pangasinan fishermen believe that the fish is indeed God’s leftover.

The fish is called “dali-dali” in Cebuano, “padaoan” or “palad” in Hiligaynon, “talangkaw” in Ilocano and “palad” in Bikol.

“It’s delicious. It just has a backbone and it’s fleshy and very easy to eat,” Rosario said.

Pangasinan kicks off 'Pista'y Dayat'


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, April 12 (PNA)-- The Pista'y Dayat (Sea Festival), the most awaited festival in the north, opened Friday afternoon with street dancing, lyre exhibition, concert and other activities held at the beach front and the premises of the provincial capitol here.

Gov. Amado Espino Jr. was joined by Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr. and Department of Tourism Regional Director Martin Valera in opening the festivities which celebrate the bounty of the sea that gave rise to the growth of aqua-culture industry in Pangasinan.

"Through this, we are able to further show the products and everything else that the province can offer," said Espino during the opening program, noting the ever-growing number of participants and exhibitors joining the Pista'y Dayat since seven years ago.

He then urged Pangasinenses to unite and invest more in the province's tourism in order to promote more developments.

On the other hand, Calimlim noted the growing number of people participating in the Pista'y Dayat which only shows their love for the province.

Meanwhile, Valera congratulated the provincial government for "a very noble project" and echoed his observation that Pangasinan has the potential to be the top tourist destination in the entire country.

Espino also led in the opening of the 7th Pangasinan Tourism and Trade Expo, photo exhibit, and the launching of a photo contest.

At least 120 exhibitors -- small and medium enterprises (SMEs), tourism-related establishments, local government units, government agencies, special interest groups as well as restaurant and food-services entrepreneurs -- from Pangasinan and other provinces even as far as Cebu, Bicol and National Capital Region (NCR) display their products and services in the expo dubbed "Aliguas ed Turismo tan Ekonomiya” (Progress of Tourism and Economy) slated from April 11 to May 10 at the Provincial Training and Development Center (PTDC) grounds.

At the same time, the photo exhibit at the PTDC showcases scenes and activities in past celebrations of the Agew na Pangasinan (Pangasinan Day) on May 5, Pista'y Dayat, and other provincial events.

More activities are lined up in the Pista'y Dayat which include the Limgas na Pangasinan (Pangasinan Beauties) pageant and water sports events which will be on till May 1.

Feature: Cultural rebirth highlights Pangasinan Day

By April Montes (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, April 11 (PIA) – Pangasinan’s founding anniversary last April 5 was about enriching the province’s heritage and cultural history.

Governor Amado Espino, Jr. said that Pangasinenses have become more conscious of their roots because of the arts and cultural preservation projects introduced by the present administration.

One of these projects is the “Kurit Panlunggaring” (literary contest) which attracted many Pangasinense writers to create literary works such as essays, poems and short stories written using the native language.

Ma. Luisa Elduayan, chief of the Tourism Operations Division, said the event intends to develop Pangasinan language and for Pangasinenses to appreciate their mother tongue in the written form.

The contest is in line with present administration’s advocacy to teach every Pangasinense the Pangasinan language and to let those in the Ilocano-speaking areas in the province learn how to speak the language.

Winners in the 3rd “Kurit Panlunggaring” were awarded during the commemorative program of the “Agew na Pangasinan” held at the Capitol Plaza in Lingayen town.

Alex Romeo Fernandez, former information writer of PIA-Pangasinan, was a multi-awarded winner in the literary contest. He won first place in poetry writing and short story writing categories under adult category and bagged the second prize in the children’s story writing category.

During the commemorative program, the provincial government also presented Pangasinan’s history through an audio-visual presentation which depicted important eras from the pre-historic up to the Golden Age of Pangasinan where remarkable transformation took place and still occurs.

After the program, a float parade and street dancing dubbed “Parada na Dayew” (Parade of Praise) featured the unique culture, history, best products, festival and development of the cities and municipalities of the province.

The town of Mangaldan garnered the top award in the float-design competition. Its float-design was inspired by the town’s leading carabao meat industry called “pindang.” The Mangaldan float bested more than 30 floats which won for the local government unit a cash of P100, 000 for winning the grand prize.

To cap the event, seven outstanding Pangasinenses were honored in the ASNA Awards Night at the Sison Auditorium in Lingayen town.

Honorees this year are: Ronald Costales (Organic Agriculture Development); J. Prospero de Vera III (Education); Gonzalo Duque (Public Service – Promotion of History, Culture and the Arts); Marrietta Primicias-Goco (Community Development); Pocholo Mallilin (Performing Arts); and Cesar Quiambao (Business); and Antonio Villar (Public Service).

“We acknowledge men and women of substance and character who are guided by various ideals of self-giving and service,” Espino said, as he thanked the fifth set of ASNA awardees “for giving Pangasinan works of excellence and for making us all a proud Pangasinense.”

“Asna” is an old form of the Pangasinan word asin (salt) that describes the good quality of a man’s character or his demeanor.

The ASNA awardees are likened to an invaluable grain of salt connoting selfless and committed service to their fellow Pangasinenses.

Aside from the impressive line-up of this year’s ASNA awardees, special recognitions were also given to Sixth District Board Member Alfonso Bince, Jr. and Mario Panoringan.

Bince, the longest-serving Provincial Board Member had passed various monumental resolutions in his 30 long years of service as provincial legislator while Panoringan was cited in civic leadership.

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