Pangasinan's Tourism Month opens-A A +A
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
LINGAYEN -- The Tourism Month this September started in Pangasinan on Monday with the opening of the 3rd season of the Pangasinan Culture and Arts Festival dubbed as "Balitok a Tawir" (Golden Heritage) marked by the launching of the Pangasinan Tourism Jingle and Music Video-making Competitions at the Sison Auditorium here.
Governor Amado Espino Jr. led the celebration attended by tourism officials from various towns and cities and students from various colleges and universities in Dagupan City and Pangasinan.
During the occasion, Espino distributed to officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) the primer on Pangasinan Orthography, which denotes correct usage of the Pangasinan language, including their spelling, to guide teachers in teaching primary pupils using the mother tongue, which is a basic requirement under the K to 12 curriculum.
Espino said this is consistent with the program of the Provincial Government for the massive propagation of the Pangasinan language which many said is now one of the dying regional languages in the Philippines.
"We are celebrating this tourism month to remind the present generation of Pangasinenses that we have a rich culture and heritage and a vast natural and man-made resources which ought to be protected for the next generations to come," Espino said.
He also urged school heads in Ilocano-speaking towns, like in eastern and western Pangasinan, to encourage pupils and students to learn and sing the Pangasinan Hymn in all public functions, including flag-raising ceremonies.
Special guest during the launching program was Director Martin Valera of the Department of Tourism (DOT) who said that to date, Pangasinan ranks number one among all provinces in Ilocos Region in tourism.
The Pangasinan Tourism Month celebration is an annual event of the provincial government in support of the UN World Tourism Organization's World Tourism Day Celebration every September of each year.
Provincial Administrator Rafael Howard Baraan said the activities during the Tourism Month aim to raise the Pangasinenses' appreciation of their natural and cultural heritage and its value to Pangasinan's tourism development and promotion.
He said the "Balitok a Tawir" Chorale Singing, Folk Dance and Zarzuela Competition had already been institutionalized in the provincial calendar as Pangasinan's premier Culture and Arts Festival. (PNA)