Friday, December 31, 2010

What’s Up in Dagupan in 2010

People, Things, Events and Everything that Was "UP" in Dagupan in 2010:

Sarah Jane Cua is Undisputed Sudoku Queen: The Pangasinan Universal Institute student is both Philippines’ Sudoku Queen and Asia’s Sudoku Queen.

The Dagupan Bangus Festival Celebration: Dagupan, Where Bangus Sizzles! See the Department of Tourism Ad.

Dagupan City Awards and Citations: One of the Most Competitive Cities Outside NCR and Region I's Top Emerging Business Destinations of 2010

BSL wins Mayoralty race: BSL Tops Online Polls and the rest is history.

SM is Going to Rise Up in Dagupan?: Excitement and Expectations brought by SM Dagupan.

Dagupan City Fiesta: Some of the activities and the Miss Dagupan 2010 Pageant.

Thanks to everyone who made 2010 a blast for What's Up Dagupan! Don't forget to visit our Facebook page and Twitter.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

DLS-CSB Wins 2010 National Inter-Cities Chess Tournament

The De La Salle- College of St. Benilde Team emerged the overall champion in the 2010 National Inter-Cities and Municipalities Rapid Chess Team Championship at the Dagupan People’s Astrodome last December 19, 2010.

The team led by Joel Pimentel and Jimsoon Bitoon bagged 70 thousand pesos cash prize, medals and trophy. The winners were awarded by Dagupan City Councilor Brian Lim and City Administrator Vlad Mata. The La Salle team finished with a nine-round total of 16 points on seven wins and two draws in the prestigious, two-day competition organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) in cooperation with the Dagupan City government.

Metro Manila Development Authority-Makati, led by GM Wesley So, and Don Galo-Parañaque City finished joint second with 14 points. Calamba-GPTex Global-A and Roxas-Palawan tied for fourth to fifth places with 13 points.

In solo sixth place is the GM John Paul Gomez-led Muntinlupa, which won over Angeles City, 3-1; Ricnor Farms-Palayan City, 2.5-1.5; and Maritima-Lanao, 3.5-.5, to finish with 12 points on 5-2-2 win-draw-loss record. Seven teams – Antipolo City, LWUA-QC A, Apocalypse Manila, Ozamis City, Binalonan-Pangasinan, JSB Marketing-Urdaneta City and Calamba-B – shared seventh to 13th places with 11 points. Antipolo downed Samal-Bataan, 3.5-.5; Apocalypse Manila edged Naga City, 2.5-1.5; Ozamis City beat La Union, 2.5-1.5; and JSB-Urdaneta toppled Far Eastern University-Manila, 2.5-1.5; to barge into the Top 10.

The individual board medalists were Dableo (Calamba-B) and Bonifacio Natavio (Dagupan) 8/9 in Board 1; Rainier Labay (DepEd-Pasig) 6/8 in Board 2; Jimsoon Bitoon (La Salle-Manila) and Ivan Gil Biag (Apocalypse Manila) 8/9 in Board 3; Generoseo Salmorin (Ozamis City), Arnel Penero (Samal-Bataan) and Sonny de la Rosa (Antipolo City) 7/9 in Board 4; and Rosaldo Salvador (Ozamis City) 5/6 in Board 5.

Renato Abalos served as the tournament director, with Lito Abril and Ilann Perez as the supervising arbiters.

Photos by Jojo Riñoza. Email

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What's Up Dagupan's Post Featured in Willing Willie page

What's Up Dagupan's post was featured in Willing Willie's page:

Willing Willie goes to Lingayen, Pangasinan

To get TV5's regional expansion rolling on, the TV network brought their highest rating show to Pangasinan, Willing Willie. The estimated live audience last Saturday, December 18, 2010 was 100,000. 

Update:  Willing Willie in Lingayen is now the highest rating episode/show since Willing Willie started airing.  Its rating was pegged at 37% during that day beating the show's rivals in the same time slot.

Here are some pictures:

Photos by Jojo Riñoza. Email

Sunday, December 19, 2010

TV5 is Coming to Dagupan City

TV5, the country's fastest growing network is finally coming to Dagupan City and Pangasinan. This development is part of the network's expansions in programming, infrastructure and technology which is regarded as the greatest ever seen in the local landscape for the past decades.

TV5's plans include putting up a TV5 Dagupan office and a Baguio news bureau. Local news programs and variety shows are to be expected by the first quarter of 2011. TV5 will also prioritize the hiring of locals in the area. The expansion of its 92.3 News FM in the provincial areas would surely make TV5's regional presence felt even more. These were announced during the TV5 Regional Launch Press Conference held at Lenox Hotel, Dagupan City and attended by national and local mediamen and bloggers.  

TV5 Executives (from L-R): Raul Dela Cruz, Provincial Operations Head; Bobby Barreiro, EVP AND COO and Percival Intalan, Entertainment and Creative Production Head 

One can observe the improved signal of Tv5 in its local channel 28 here in Pangasinan as state of the art transmitters have been put up particularly in Baguio City.

TV5's regional expansion was kicked off by airing Willing Willie live in Lingayen, Pangasinan yesterday, December 18, 2010. See related post.  

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Dagupan City Government Employees Night 2010

The employees of the City Government of Dagupan had a welcome respite from their work during their Employees' Night last December 17, 2010. The different departments gave their best for the dance contest as the winner received P20,000, the 1st runner-up P15,000 and 2nd runner-up P10,000.

What made their night was the announcement of Mayor Benjie S. Lim that the employees would receive their Christmas bonuses. Regular employees would receive P10,000, Emergency workers - P5,000 and volunteers - P1,000.

Mayor Benjie S. Lim had a mini-concert with The Bossings Band. He first sang his signature song (which was also his campaign jingle) after which he and Joana Marie Solomon, Ms. Dagupan 2010 sang a duet of "Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang". Mayor Lim also rocked the crowd by performing a medley of Beatles songs. He serenaded the ladies in the audience with much gusto as he belted out ala Michael Buble; "The Way You Look Tonight." Mayor Lim is not only a crooner by a good dancer as he danced with his lovely wife, Celia Lim.

The event chairmen for the Employees night were: Eduardo Magno, Aguedo Sta. Maria, Engr. Augusto Ventenilla and Ashok Vasandani.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Joana Marie M. Solomon is Miss Dagupan 2010

Joana Marie M. Solomon is Miss Dagupan 2010. She is also the runaway winner of What's Up Dagupan Online Poll. For being this year's Miss Dagupan titleholder, she will walk away with P30,000 and a trophy. She will also represent the city in the Miss Earth competition and will serve as the city’s ambassador of goodwill.

Alannah Guselle C. Cuison, who won Miss Dagupan 2010 Texter's Choice won as the 1st runner-up, P20,000 cash prize and a trophy.

Mary Ann L. Callejo is Miss Dagupan 2010 2nd runner-up. She won P10,000 cash prize and a trophy.

The Coronation Night will be on December 26, 2010 at the Dagupan City Plaza.

Alannah Guselle C. Cuison is Miss Dagupan 2010 Texter's Choice

The winner of the Miss Dagupan 2010 Texter's Choice is Alannah Guselle C. Cuison. 

The text voting was exclusive to Smart, Talk n' Text and Red Mobile users.

Joana Marie M. Solomon - Winner of the WUD Online Vote for Miss Dagupan 2010

The winner of the WUD Online Vote for Miss Dagupan 2010 is...

Joana Marie M. Solomon with 207 out of 437 votes or 47%. She will be receiving a special prize from What's Up Dagupan?

The result of the Online Votes for Miss Dagupan 2010 (out of 437 votes):
1. Joana Marie M. Solomon 207 (47%)
2. Jessa P. Jimenez 60 (13%)
3. Mary Ann L. Callejo 53 (12%)
4. Moriel S. Leaño 52 (11%)
5. Alannah Guselle C. Cuison 15 (3%)
6. Lyjaica J. Alcaide 11 (2%)
7. Arlene B. De Vera 9 (2%)
8. Karina Angela Z. Romero 9 (2%)
9. Janine B. De Guzman 7 (1%)
10. Almea Doisse M. Dizon 6 (1%)
11. Ariane Floresca B. Dizon 6 (1%)
12. Marla V. Razon 2 (0%)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Miss Dagupan 2010 Texter's Choice

Miss Dagupan 2010 Texter's Choice

Just type MSDAG2010 POLL <Letter of Choice> and Send to 9977. Smart, Talk n' Text and Red Mobile users only. 2.50/text. Example: MSDAG2010 POLL A Send to 9977.














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