Before Pangasinan Day, there was a Pozorrubio Day, at the Kapitolyo!

By virtue of  Provincial Ordinance No. 143-2010 titled “An Ordinance Declaring and Citing April 5, 1580 as the official Foundation Day of Pangasinan,” the Monday after the Holy Week 2010 observance shall be the 1st official celebration of Pangasinan Day to usher in the 430th Foundation Day of the Province of Pangasinan.
To ensure  a festive and colorful celebration of the event, Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. had sought the involvement  of all cities and municipalities during the Agew na Pangasinan with activities scheduled from 6 in the morning to midnight. These would include the Parada na Dayew, a parade of floats and contingents of thirty (30) or more participants from each Local Government Unit (LGU), and the inauguration of the rehabilitated Sison Auditorium.

But before April 5, there was the day of March 19 when four hundred more or less Pozorrubians (composed of the Punong Barangays, members of their councils, their staff and their families) were the special guests of the Kapitolyo in Lingayen. Their comfort and pleasure were personally attended to by its most prominent host , the  Governor himself, and his flock of chirpy, cheerful staff who, he proudly informed his guests, were DOT (Department of Tourism) trained.  In his letter of invitation to Mayor Emma Chan and her constituents, he said that “the 2.6 million Pangasinenses should be given the first chance to visit our local tourist spots, historical sights and other significant places in Pangasinan before we start attracting visitors from other provinces and elsewhere.”

The Pozorrubians were fetched from Pozorrubio by six (6) brand new tour busses. They were served merienda at the Capitol Resort Hotel, were given a guided tour of the Kapitolyo and its revitalized environs and enjoyed  lunch with the Governor at the Veterans’ Park . After lunch, they were even brought to the Hundred Islands in Alaminos! At the end of the day, they were bussed back to Pozorrubio, each one going home with kanya-kanyang bitbit na pasalubong!

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