DAGUPAN CITY – This year’s city fiesta will formally open on December 5 with the holding of a Grand Opening Parade along the main streets of the city, a street dancing competition, a drum and lyre contest at the city plaza and the lighting of the Christmas Tree in front of the city museum here.


Roads will be closed to traffic at 10:00 in the morning to give way to the  parade that  will commence at 2:00 in the afternoon. All the participants are expected to assemble in their assigned assembly areas starting at 12:00 noon.


Epee Rafanan of the 2017 City Fiesta Executive disclosed that at least 14 contingents of street dancers coming from the secondary private and public schools will compete with each other when they march along the streets with their drum and lyre counterparts.


Rafanan said the street dancing competition will take place in the streets while the drum and lyre competition will be held at the city plaza.


With prizes at stake, the participants in the drum and lyre competition include the Umingan National High School, Umingan, Pangasinan; San Jacinto National High School, San Jacinto, Pangasinan; Don Mariano Jimenez Memorial Polytech Institute of Dasol, Pangasinan; Lobong National High School, San Jacinto, Pangasinan; St. Philomena’s Academy, Pozorrubio, Pangasinan; San Felipe Integrated School, San Nicolas; Daniel Maramba National High School, Sta. Barbara; San Nicolas National High School, San Nicolas; Urdaneta National High School, Urdaneta City; Estanza National High School, Lingayen; St. Adelaide School Philippines, Burgos; Zaratan Educational Institute, Aguilar; Dagupan City National High School, Dagupan City; and Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation Drum and Bugle Corps, San Carlos City.


The lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the city museum will follow shortly after the drum and lyre competition at the city plaza.


The lighting will be led by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez and the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.


The Daniel Maramba National High School drum and lyre of Sta. Barbara will be playing the famous Philippine Christmas song, Ang Pasko ay Sumapit after the lighting and the crowd can sing along with it, said Rafanan. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Nov. 22, 2017)