Pangasinan to observe special, non-working holiday on April 5 to mark foundation day

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — It will be a special non-working holiday in Pangasinan on April 5 this year when the province commemorates its 437th founding anniversary with elaborate ceremonies and the holding of a commemorative program at the provincial capitol to be led by Governor Amado Espino III.

This was contained in Proclamation No. 179 issued by Malacanang at the request of the Pangasinan provincial government.

The celebration, marked as Pangasinan Day, will be highlighted by the giving of ASNA awards to outstanding Pangasinenses here and abroad who excelled in their respective professions and calling that made their province and people proud.

The province of Pangasinan was made an administrative province of Spain on April 5, 1580, one of the first few provinces in the country that was given such status.

The name of the province was derived from the word “asin” (salt), hence the name “Pangasinan” (salt pan).