Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hulio 16, 1990

Hulio 16, 1990
Anlong nen Santiago Villafania, ASNA Awardee

kinmiwas so olat
ed gamet nen Atlas
ayakayak so tapew na dalin
ed inkagaglos da’ra’y bato’d dalem

linmerag so nandaragupan
singa agawa ed Lemuria nen saman

dia ed paradaan
naimatonan ko’y sakey a masiken
nakakaimis ya anukdok
na atulin a mansanas ed dalan
kusab a kusab ya amaarap
ed kawalaa’y naplag a taytay

say balikas to ed dagem
“gunggona yo lalasi
natan manunaan kayon untawag
ed ngara’y Aman Amalsa!”

sikato’y naandipat ed pegley
na kibatikbatik a karaklan
anganko amalikmata ak labat

Dagupan City

Thursday, July 7, 2011

BSL Initiates Tourism Seminar

Repost from D' Dagupan Dream:


DAGUPAN CITY –  Dagupan City Mayor Benjie S. Lim believes that to sell tourism is to bring excitement. True to his belief, Lim through the City Tourism Office (CTO) with the Department of Tourism-Region 1 (DOT-R1) Office staged a Tourist Reception Guides and Techniques Seminar last July 4-5.


Aside from CTO staff, tourism personnel from neighboring towns as well as students were invited to the two-day seminar at the BSL Hall of the Department of Education (DepEd) City Division Office.

During the seminar's opening program, Lim discussed with the participants  the big potential of the city and Pangasinan to become a tourist destination. He explained that participants outside the city were included because the province as a whole should be promoted if one of its town or city wants a tourism boom in its turf..

Lim challenged the participants to provide excitement and to urge their respective local councils to enact edicts for tourism advancement.

Lectures were facilitated by Beinvenido Claravall, senior lecturer from the Asian Institute of Tourism, University of the Philippines-Diliman.

DOT-R1 Regional Director Martin S. Valera also spoke during the seminar. 

Workshops and a graded mock tour in the city plaza’s vicinity and Dawel river cruise were also done to ensure the participants’ application of the techniques.


In the event’s closing ceremony, participants were given certificates of attendance. Also present in the event was Evangeline Dadat, DOT-R1 senior tourism operations officer and City Tourism Officer Rose Teng-Mejia. (CIO-Rex Marion C. Laguerta)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

BSL cites river cruise as challenging ride


Repost from D' Dagupan Dream:


DAGUPAN CITY – The best is yet to come for Dagupan City!

Thus exclaimed Dagupan City Mayor Benjie S. Lim when he addressed guests to the blessing and inauguration of the river cruise port dubbed as  Daungan Ed Dawel in Barangay Bonuan Gueset last Friday, July 1.

Acknowledged as the father of the River Cruise, Lim recounted how his belief in tourism as a job-bringing vehicle and the Bohol’s Loboc River Cruise inspired him in pursuing his vision to make the city’s rivers as a tourist attraction – an agenda he had earlier tackled on his State of the City Address (SOCA) last June.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Dagupan City Walking Tour


Dagupan City is replete with events of historical significance and rich cultural heritage making the city a topnotch destination for that glimpse of the illustrious past and a look back into Dagupan’s history.


Gabaldon Building

Every town in the country that existed as of 1889 has a schoolhouse known as Gabaldon building, named  after Isauro Gabaldon, an assemblyman who authored Act No. 1801 or Gabaldon Act which appropriated Php 1 million between the years 1907 to 1915 for the "construction of schoolhouses of strong materials in barrios with guaranteed daily attendance of not less than sixty pupils.”

The Gabaldon building which is the central edifice of the West Central Elementary School is now 102 years old. Constructed in 1909, it is the oldest school house in the city. It also has a historical significance as it served as the Provincial Capitol of Pangasinan from 1942 up to 1945. It was here where the war time governor, Santiago V. Estrada, Sr. and his provincial board members, held office for the duration of the Pacific war.


Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s Headquarters

The Gabaldon building also became the headquarters of the United States of America’s South Pacific Area Command during the end of the Second World War. North to the main Gabaldon building of the West Central Elementary School is the Home Economics building which served as Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s Headquarters. It is where the general put up the Bachelor Officers Quarters (BOQ) shortly after the first combat troops of the sixth army of the United States of America under his command landed on January 9, 1945 in Bonuan Blue Beach (the biggest MacArthur Landing Site Marker was erected and eventually unveiled in January 23, 1984 to mark the landing site).

The general’s bath tub can still be found in the building which served as the general’s headquarters. A marker in front of the building states: “On this site, the West Central Elementary School I, Home Economics Building, Dagupan City was used by Gen. Douglas MacArthur as his official headquarters after his landing in Lingayen beach on 9 January 1945 to liberate the island of Luzon thus fulfilling his promise to the Filipino people “I Shall Return.”


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Dagupan is Regional Likas Yaman Top Awardee


Repost from D' Dagupan Dream

DAGUPAN CITY – This city is this year’s “Likas Yaman” awardee (city category) for Best LGU-Initiated Environmental Project, which the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) initiated in celebration of the Environment Month in Region 1.


Mayor Benjamin S. Lim together with City Agriculture Officer Emma Molina personally received the award from DENR Regional Executive Director Samuel R. PeƱafiel during the awarding and culminating program held at Oasis Country Resort, City of San Fernando, La Union last June 30.

Dagupan was nominated for successfully implementing its project “Ilog Ko, Bilayen Ko,” Water Quality Management Area (WQMA), and the so-called river cruise along the Dawel-Watak River thereby contributing to the rehabilitation of coastal and marine resources and for the promotion of eco-tourism in the city.   


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