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Thursday, February 10, 2011


LINGAYEN -- Some 120 Provincial Government employees had the time of their life as they perform for the first time onstage before their fellow Pangasinenses last Wednesday.

On Thursday afternoon, they performed before their fellow employees.

The department heads led by Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan and chiefs-of-hospitals and all the performers were applauded.

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After the curtain closed, they came out of the back stage cheering and laughing, happily taking group pictures while still wearing their costumes.

Friday night will be the last presentation of the "Danggoan na Pangasinan" cultural and musical show.

The venue will be at Sison Auditorium, a pre-World War II cultural building restored and refurbished by the Espino administration.

Danggoan is a Pangasinan word for stage.

Governor Amado Espino Jr., his wife Priscilla, and their family will be part of the gala night.

The governor and his wife are expected to dance the "Imunan" - a traditional lovers' dance, which is a favorite of the governor.

The "Danggoan na Pangasinan" cultural and musical show is entitled: "Asin ed Asinan." It promotes the culture and arts of Pangasinan.

Raul "Insyong" Tamayo, musical director, said: "Asin ed Asinan the musical is a fusion of pure Pangasinan culture and cultures of Spanish, American and Chinese which influenced how Pangasinenses came to be."

"This is the first- ever full length cultural show and musical that is produced by the Provincial Government," he added.

There are Pangasinan songs (a couple of them originally written by Tamayo himself) and Ilocano pieces to represent the Ilocano culture that inextricably mixed with that of Pangasinan.

Also, historical dances like the Kalatong (a dance using bamboo sticks), Wasiwas (native dance by wives of fishermen waving lamps in the seashore while waiting for their husbands and their catch) and Sayaw ed Tapew na Bangko (dance atop a bench).

At the Gala Night Friday, lesser and selected crowd is expected. The ticket costs P1,000 to include a sumptuous dinner. (LCMY/Sunnex)

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