The lure of the sparkling
blue seas and clear skies is hard to resist, and a good
advice, don't resist.
Succumb and pamper yourself
and your family with an adventure to the province of
The province can be divided
into two parts, but what is interesting to nature
trippers is that the northwestern part borders Lingayen
Gulf and the China Sea on the other part. In the center
lies portion of the Agno River. Pangasinan is thus, a
province blessed and cooled by nature waters.
Pangasinan has a colorful
history. Limahong, the Chinese pirate, tried to put up
his settlement on the shores of Lingayen, but he was
turned back by the Spanish forces led by Juan de Salcedo.
The Spaniards stayed in the province and divided the
place into six political subdivisions called "encomenderos".
Later, the province became an "alcaldia mayor" and in
1611 was officially declared a province.
Patriotism ran high among
the residents of the province and several revolts
occurred led by Juan Cagaray, Andres Malong, and Juan
dela Cruz Palaris. The Philippine Revolution in 1896
saw a lot of citizens signing up for the secret movement
to become a Katipunero. They were led by a son of a
province, Daniel Maramba.
The first Philippine
Republic set up by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo in Malolos,
Bulacan was transferred to Pampanga then to Nueva Ecija,
then to Tarlac and finally to Bayambang, Pangasinan
after the outbreak of the Filipino-American War in 1899
where the general disbanded his army. It was there where
he organized guerilla units against the American forces.
When Americans occupied the
province, the first appointed governor was Perfecto
Sison. During World War II, the Japanese forces landed
at scenic Lingayen Gulf on December 21, 1944. From
there, they attacked and controlled Northern Luzon. It
was also in Lingayen that the Americans attacked four
years later and successfully carried out the liberation
of the country.
Salt-making is one of its
people's most important preoccupations, but this has
taken a back seat to its more famous hundred Islands. In
Lacap, Alaminos, the Umbrella Rocks at Sabangan Norte,
the Blue Beach in Bonuan, Dagupan City, and the White
Beach of San Fabian and the historic beach of Lingayen.
Hundred Islands abound with
striped, blue and black marlin, as well as different
specie of tuna. Some 2,000 species of marine life are
said to swim in its waters. The most popular ones are
the Turtle Islands, Children's Island, Milagrosa Island,
Cathedral Island, Coral Gardens, Marcos Island and
People of Pangasinan always
celebrate the fluvial parade in Lingayen beach called
the "Pistay Dayat" every first of May. Actually, it is
celebrated all over the province especially on the
seashore towns. What started as a Labor Day feast by the
Americans now, has been turned into a thanksgiving day
for a bountiful harvest by the rural folks.
DOT Regional Director
Ernest "Jinggoy" Malay of Region I said that in 2001,
Mayor Julian V. Resuello, who first assumed his term as
City Mayor in 1988, may have been looking for something
that the people all over the country would definitely
associate with San Carlos in Pangasinan.
Festival"? Why not Palayok Festival? And why not Banig
Festival, since the City also produces in mass quantity
earthen jars and pots and womenfolk in the rural
barangay weave mats in commercial quantity?
It was called Mango-Bamboo
Festival because the two products have a greater chance
to compete in the world market.
The Mango-Bamboo Festival
is not just meant to be a festival or entertainment
event. Mayor Resuello has a much nobler vision than
entertainment for holding such a festival. Adopting a
method of needs analysis, Resuello saw the abundance and
the quality of these two products as a strength and as
an opportunity to improve the marketing and increase the
earning capabilities of mango growers and those engaged
in the bamboo craft industry, who, for lack of
connection and access to exporter-traders, rely solely
on middlemen-businessmen for the marketing of their
products even at a price much lower than these deserve.
Finally, in April 2001, a
strategy to showcase the Mango-Bamboo Festival was
launched. And this is now what people looks forward to
-- the Mango- Bamboo Festival Street Dancing -- the
inherent love for fiestas of the Carlenans served as an
inspiration for mayor Resuello to hold the opening salvo
on the last Saturday of April 2001 when San Carlos City
celebrates its annual city fiesta. Though Carlenans have
had a taste of street dancing like the ati-atihan on
special occasions, their response for the Mango-Bamboo
Festival Street Dancing was entirely amazing and
In April 2002, more street
dancing teams joined Mango-Bamboo Festival. This time,
the cash prizes were bigger to defray the cost of the
costumes of the participants. The artist in every
Carlenan surfaced and was evident in their costume and
choreography. It was in 2002 that the San Carlos City
government tapped the DOT in Region 1 and invited the
DOT people to witness the festival.
Malay helped facilitate the
invitation of Mayor Resuello to people from different
national television networks like ABS-CBN, PTV4, IBC-13
and RPN and the local cable service provider, the JP
Cable City, Inc. who all rendered their services for
Part of the Visit
Philippines 2003 program of the DOT is the "Best of the
Regions", wherein each region in the country takes turns
at two-week interval in presenting tourism events as
tourist "must see" or tourist destinations. From March
18-31, 2003, Region 1 provinces were "stars" at
Intramuros. For Pangasinans' cities/municipalities with
"must-see" events are Mango-Bamboo Festival of San
Carlos City; the Puto Festival of Calasiao; the Bangus
Festival of Dagupan City; and the Galikayo of Manaoag.
All these events are now included in the DOT's calendar
of activities. (PNA / By Lynda B. Valencia)