MANILA, Philippines -- Pangasinan celebrates the bounty of the sea as it holds the annual Pista’y Dayat Festival, regarded as the province’s “mother of all festivals”, from April 23 to May 3.
Events include beachfront concerts, beach games, boxing bouts, cycling race, a youth camp, tourism and trade expo, and the Panagarte La! art exhibit which showcases local and visiting visual artists.
Organizers will also hold traditional Pinoy games, such as patintero, tumbang preso, luksong baka, sipa, dinoron, baldo (luksong lubid), paluan ng palayok, dinagi and kadang-kadang.
Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr. said that this year’s theme, “Luyag Ko, Dayew Ko,” (My Province, My Honor) will focus on environmental nurture, sports development, and revival of Pangasinense culture and art.
Some 100 colorful boats will take part in the Banca Parada fluvial parade on May 1 to showcase the improvements made on Agno River and its tributaries under Espino’s watch. Agno is the largest Philippine river in terms of water discharge draining around 6.6 cubic kilometers of fresh water into the Lingayen Gulf, or almost 70% of its total fresh water input.
Talented locals will compete in Takayan na Dayew today, April 28, a vocal solo competition.
ABS-CBN Happy Yipee Yehey hosts Randy Santiago, John Estrada, Toni Gonzaga and Mariel Rodriguez will motor around Dagupan City, Binmaley and Lingayen on April 29 before holding the game show on April 30 at the Lingayen beachfront.
Moreover, there will also be the Limgas na Pangasinan, the province’s biggest beauty and brains search on April 30 which will select Pangasinan’s ambassadors of goodwill.
May 1 is a fun-filled day with the Sayawan ed Aplaya (Street Dancing), the grand finals of Konsyerto sa Gulpo featuring rock bands Cueshe and Drivers as guest performers. Beach crowds will be entertained in a Kapuso Night with Rhian Ramos and other big of GMA TV Network stars.
The weeklong merry-making ends on May 3 with the Asin ed Asinan Cultural Show at the newly-restored Sison Auditorium, reputedly north Luzon’s best cultural center.
Most of the activities will be held at the Provincial Capitol beach front in Lingayen Gulf, one of the country’s richest bodies of water. It is also the site of the historic landing of Allied Forces led by Gen. Douglas McArthur to liberate the country for Japan.
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