DAGUPAN CITY –The two-month “Paskuhan sa Bayambang” will kick off on Friday to be highlighted with the ceremonial lighting of Christmas tree at the town plaza and the simultaneous lighting of all Christmas lights in houses, stores and malls here.
This was bared by Judith Ramos, who was designated by Mayor Cezar Quiambao as hermana mayor of the “Paskuhan sa Bayambang”, an activity which will also officially kick off the bigger one-year celebration of the 117th year of proclamation of Bayambang as the fifth capital of the Philippines.
Mayor Quiambao, a business tycoon, is also celebrating his birthday on Friday.
Wikipedia states that Bayambang was declared the fifth capital of the Philippines in a proclamation made by President Emilio Aguinaldo when he came to Bayambang by train while retreating to the north during the Philippine-American War in November 1899.
The capital, however, was returned to Manila following the capture later of President Aguinaldo in Palanan, Isabela.
Ramos said the celebration of the proclamation of Bayambang as the fifth capital of the Philippines will last till November 16, 2017, to remind the present and future generations of Bayambang’s major role in shifting the history of the country.
Ramos, in a talk during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) forum here on Thursday, said the lighting of Christmas tree at the town plaza will be preceded by a mass to be celebrated by Archbishop Socrates Villegas.
The night will be spiced up with the singing of Christmas carols and folk dances at the town plaza, she said.
She added that visitors going to “Paskuhan sa Bayambang, will be thrilled by a Christmas village at the city plaza where animated Christmas characters, like Santa Claus, reindeer and others costing some PHP4 million, are on display,
There are also bazaar, selling of toys, shoes, souvenirs, and one-town, one products(OTOPs) from all towns and cities.
Ramos said among the top products to be sold are the “buro,” a fish fermented with rice wine of which Bayambang is famous for, and native cakes. PNA-northboundasia.com