Pangasinenses will be celebrating the 433rd Agew na Pangasinan this April 5, Friday. The day is customarily a special non-working holiday in the province, although last year, the festivities were moved to April 11 since April 5 is Maundy Thursday. Governor Amado Espino in 2010 signed Ordinance #143 which declared April 5 of every year as the foundation day of Pangasinan.
According to a brief history posted on the website of the local government of Pangasinan, the said Northern Luzon province was organized as a politico-civil administrative unit or province by then-Governor General Gonzalo Ronquillo de Peñalosa. Don Pedro Manrique served as its first alcalde mayor.
The following activities are scheduled to be held on April 5:
- A presentation on Pangasinan history by the Pangasinan Historical and Cultural Commission
- Awarding ceremonies for the “Kurit Panlunggaring” Literary Contest and the Balitok A Tawir Culture and Arts Festival
- 4th ASNA Awards Night (for outstanding Pangasinenses)
PS: Pangasinan will have another province-wide holiday … on November 13.