DAGUPAN CITY – Ten students from private and public schools here are leaving for the United States on September 14 for a goodwill visit to Milpitas City, Dagupan’s sister city, till September 28.


All of them were issued a 10-year US visa by the United States Embassy in Manila recently.


The students will be accompanied by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez together with City Councilor Jose Netu Tamayo, City Legal Officer Ma. Victoria D. Cabrera, Ana Cristina Sinlao, Owen Tan, Schools Division Superintendent Lorna G. Bugayong, School Principal Gary Desoloc and City Budget Officer Luz de Guzman.


The students will be led by young city mayor Jilian Kay Madison S. Fernandez of Pangasinan Universal Institute.


She will be joined by Harmond A. Santos Jr. of Mother Goose Special Science High School System Inc., Nathalie D. Cuison of La Marea Academy, Gaile Stephanie B. Tan of Pangasinan Universal Institute, Abigail D. Azores of Divine Word Academy of Dagupan, Andrea Karla Paragas Sinlao of St. Albert the Great School, Tabitha Vallejos Jimenez of La Marea Academy, Marla Andreyana Maramba Ober of Dagupan City National High School, Noreen Kyle Calicdan Bravo of Phinma-University of Pangasinan, and Rianna Ricaela Fernandez of Dagupan City National High School.


While in Milpitas, the students will attend classes with Milpitas students for six regular school days at the Milpitas High School starting on September 18 after their orientation.


The students will be staying in Milpitas City with host families.


Meanwhile, Mayor Fernandez and other Dagupan City officials will exchange notes with their counterparts in Milpitas.


The Dagupan delegation are set to be welcomed by Michael Tsai, lead commissioner for sister city; and the officers and members of the Dagupenians Association of America headed by Marcelo Reyes, Dagupan City Association of Northern California headed by Max Ray Garibay, United Pangesinanes of America, Inc. headed by Mario Panoringan, Dagupan City Club of Southern California, Inc. headed by Fe Valencerina, and Bonuan Association of Southern California headed by Clint Ceralde.


They will also join other school activities like movie night at Milpitas High School, a ride to San Jose Tech Museum & SJ Museum of Art, watch a sophomore and a Varsity Football Games and join the Homecoming Parade as well as the Coronation and band performance at halftime.


The Dagupan delegation will bid the City of Milpitas goodbye on the 24th at the Milpitas City Hall, North Entrance.