DAGUPAN CITY – A display of music and talents with a street dancing and drum and lyre competitions opened this year’s city fiesta on  the theme “Our City, Our Home, Our Pride…Beyond Platinum!”, spiced up with the lighting of the giant Christmas tree in front of the city museum on December 5.

At least 1,000 school children from the different public elementary and secondary schools participated in the street dancing competition while 10 schools from different towns and municipalities in the province competed in the drum and lyre competition.

The Balon Dagupan Children’s Choir, the 2017 National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) champion and 1st Malaysia International Children’s Choir Festival champion, made the event even more meaningful with their rendition of the famous Philippine Christmas song “Ang Pasko ay Sumapit”.

The grand parade was led by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, along with City Councilors Chito Samson, Jose Netu M. Tamayo, 2017 City Fiesta Hermano Mayor Marcelino Fernandez and joined by candidates for the Mr and Ms Balon Dagupan.

“There has never been any satisfying day than today as we formally open the Dagupan City Fiesta. The celebration that we mark today is a celebration of our faith in each other. A celebration of hope that we will rise and grow as a progressive city, a celebration of so many great changes that is now taking place throughout the city,” the mayor said in her Christmas message during the opening program and the lighting of the giant Christmas Tree.

.”Ang ating pinagsama-samang galing, lakas at talino, kalakip ang pagpapala ng Poong Maykapal, ang nagbigay sa atin ng pambihirang kakayahan upang maisakatuparan natin ang isang administrasyong dala ang tunay na Pag-asa at ganap na Pagbabago,” Fernandez added.

Fernandez disclosed that the city is now transforming into the city that everyone wants for their children and like the train the city’s progress is unstoppable and no force, no opposition, no evil scheme is so strong to stop the inevitable to keep the city off the tracks.

2017 City Fiesta Hermano Mayor Marcelino Fernandez, on the other hand, was overwhelmed with the number of people who came to witness the opening ceremony of this year’s city fiesta.

The opening parade and the lighting of the Christmas tree was chaired by Dagupan City National High School principal Erly Datario with Leonora Morga Fernandez, Herizz Perez and Renato Santillan as co-chairmen. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Dec. 6, 2017)