April 7, 2018, Filed under In Focus
pangasinan history was showcased thru 3d light show

KIDIYAM PANGAWARAN. Pangasinenses saw a unique showcase of the 438th Agew na Pangasinan (Pangasinan Founding Date) celebration in the eve of April 5 via the staging of the Kidiyam PangAwaran (Sparkles of Pangasinan History) in 3D projection which was complemented by the series of performances of Pangasinan talents and fireworks display (left photo). The Capitol building (upper and lower right photos), which will reach its centennial anniversary by December, is utilized during the Kidiyam PangAwaran as a ‘big projection screen’ where significant periods of Pangasinan history and development, along with other panoramic and graphic designs were showcased. /Photos by MVS/JZP/mgno

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan–Pangasinenses saw a unique showcase of the 438thAgew na Pangasinan (Pangasinan Founding Date) celebration via the staging of the Kidiyam PangAwaran (Sparkles of Pangasinan History) in the eve of April 5.


Elated with the overwhelming response of the Pangasinan day revelers over the Kidiyam PangAwaran, Governor Amado I. Espino, III, bared in an interview that the innovative way of presenting Pangasinan history stirs the attention of Pangasinenses, particularly the youth, to love their province by knowing their history and culture.


“With this sounds and lights show, and cultural dance presentations, we try to stir up people’s interest to embrace Pangasinan history and culture,” said Governor Espino, who gave the idea of adding more unusual glitters to Pangasinan day celebration, shifting from the traditional ways of commemorating the province’s founding anniversary, to heighten the sensitivities of Pangasinenses, especially the millennials, about local history and development.


Kidiyam PangAwaran, a feature of Pangasinan history in 3D projection which was complemented by the series of performances of Pangasinan talents and fireworks display held at the Capitol Plaza, gathered hundreds of Pangasinenses from various parts of the province who witnessed the said showcase.


The Pangasinan Capitol building was utilized as a “big projection screen” where significant periods of Pangasinan history and development were showcased via 3D projection with lights and sound complements capped by a 10-minute fireworks display.


An unusual feature of the Pangasinan Day celebration, the Kidiyam PangAwaran served as a prelude to the centennial anniversary of the Capitol building on December.


Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Officer Malu Elduayan said the event is educational and entertaining by levelling up the awareness and sensitivities of Pangasinenses, particularly the young generation, on Pangasinan history and development.


Included in the almost two-hour lights and musical show were performances by the cultural and entertainment groups of the provincial government to include the Capitol Orchestra, Pangasinan Provincial Chorale, and the Danggoan Pangasinan Dance Troupe.


Other performing groups were: University of Luzon Drum and Bugle Corps, Koro Kolegio de Dagupan, and Boyz Unlimited.


Giving the crowd a jolly atmosphere was the comedy skit by Insiong and Gusting.


Singing sensations from Pangasinan – Takayan na Dayew champions Alyssah Mae Erasquin, John Michael Narag, Ara Me Robosa, and Renz Ruther Robosa, along with Michael Angelo Santos, and Pastora Myra Jalique likewise serenaded the crowd with a series of song performances.


Earlier, Governor Espino led the Agew na Pangasinan commemorative program, and the unveiling of the “Abong na Dayew” and the “Hall of Fame” exhibit.


Pangasinan Capitol building (Briefer)


The Pangasinan Capitol building, an outstanding example of Philippine Architecture during the American colonial period, was constructed from April 1917 to December 1918 during the term of Governor Daniel Maramba. It is designed by American Architect Ralph Harrington Doane.


The Capitol building was heavily damaged during the Pacific War (1941-1945), and was rebuilt in 1949 during the administration of Governor Enrique Braganza through the Philippine Rehabilitation Act of the US Congress in 1946.


The edifice again underwent general facelift and restoration works from August 2007 to December 2008 under former Governor now 5th district Representative Amado T. Espino, Jr., whose leadership as provincial chief executive ushered in what is known as the dawning of the Golden Era of Pangasinan.


Regarded by many well-known international and national figures as the Philippines’s best Capitol building, the Pangasinan Capitol edifice was declared by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc. as one of the eight Architectural Treasures of the Philippines.


/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca















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