December 24, 2018, Filed under Banner News

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—“The Capitol is the symbol of good public service which will be handed down to the youth.”

This was disclosed by Governor Amado I. Espino III in his message on the centennial celebration of the establishment of the Capitol dubbed Agaag na Kapitolyo on December 15.

In all its elegance and grace, the provincial chief executive said the provincial government must in turn, live up to the grandeur of the edifice by providing excellent public service.

As he thanked everyone for working hand-in-hand with the provincial government, the governor commended all officials, co-workers and employees who have offered tremendous sacrifice and hard work through the years.

“Disiplina, respeto at magandang serbisyo. Ito po ang maihahandog natin sa mga tao,” Gov. Espino said as he further called on everyone to take care of the Capitol, the community where they reside, the province and the youth.

The centenary was highlighted by various events that started with a Thanksgiving Mass which also served as the start of the anticipated nine-day Simbang Gabi. The mass was officiated by Most Rev. Fr. Ricardo L. Bacay, D. D., Bishop of Archdiocese of Alaminos.

After the mass, a 100 Lights Dance Number followed together with a concert/variety show which featured local talents.

The much-awaited Kidiyam 3D projection of the Capitol Building History and Fireworks Display served as the main highlights of the event.

The Capitol edifice construction was completed in December 1918, thus celebrating its centenary this 2018.

Under the Espino administration, the Capitol Building was refurbished and is now among the top three tourist destinations in Pangasinan and is considered by visitors as the most beautiful Capitol in the entire country.

Just recently, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), in its regular session on November 12 has declared the said edifice as a cultural treasure of the province thru the passage of Provincial Ordinance No. 27-2018.

The said ordinance declares the Capitol Building as a heritage site in the province of Pangasinan, and funds will be allocated for its preservation.

Gov. Espino was joined by First Lady Karina P. Espino, his father, former governor and now 5th district Representative Amado T. Espino, Jr. and Madame Prescila I. Espino,Vice Gov. Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. and some members of the board, 2nd district Representative Leopoldo N. Bataoil, among many others.

Thousands of Pangasinenses from all walks of life, young and old alike, attended the grand centenary.

On December 16, a musical concert by the students of La Salle Greenhills or Kundirana was held at the Capitol plaza and on December 17, the culminating activity dubbed Talintao will be held for the presentation and launching of the Capitol Building Centennial Commemorative Stamp with the Philippine Postal Corporation.

The Opening of Capitol Building Photo Exhibit which features the winners of the photo contest and old photos of the capitol building will follow immediately. (Ruby R. Bernardino)

Capitol Building Centennial Celeration

The Capitol celebrates its 100-year anniversary. The Capitol Building’s centennial celebration takes center-stage on December 15 with various highlights featured in making the event memorable. Some 100 young cultural dancers (right photo) sway the symbolic lights of hope for the province which depicts the importance of the centennial edifice as Pangasinan’s symbol of transformation in terms of history, culture and development. Left photo shows the spectacular fireworks display. (Photo by Senielda Reyes/ RRB)



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