A fitting tribute to the unsung heroes of Dagupan culminated the year-long commemoration of the city’s 75th Diamond Jubilee during the Pinablin Dagupeno Awards held at the CSI Stadia on June 19, 2023.
Mayor Belen Fernandez led the formal occasion where she referred to the Pinablin Dagupeño Award as the highest and most prestigious award conferred to deserving Dagupeños of good moral character, whose dedication to their profession or vocation have made significant contributions to the advancement of their calling.
“All of our honorees are great leaders who are willing to invest in the lives of our people and have demonstrated all the unselfish love, all the unflinching courage, all the reserve wisdom, all the clear vision, and all the patient devotion of which we are capable of as Dagupeños,” the local chief executive stated.
The awards were categorized into Pamirbir tan Pamagalang Award of Recognition, Pinablin Pangidayew Diamond Award, Nitanduron Pamagalang Award, Pinablin Dagupeño Diamond Award, Biskeg na Baley Diamond Award.
Former five-time House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr., Dagupan’s most favorite son, was conferred the Biskeg na Baley Diamond Award and the singular honor as the ‘first and proudest Dagupeño ya angilagey na baley’.
The Nitanduron Pamagalang Award was presented to Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Rev. Fr. Socrates Villegas who, although is a non-Dagupeño by birth, has devotedly shown love and compassion to the city he serves.
The Pinablin Pangidayew Diamond Awardees were Fourth District Representative Christopher de Venecia, Atty. Gonzalo Duque, Philanthropist Dr. Ashok Vasandani, Universidad de Dagupan President Dr. Feliza Arzadon-Sua, Philippine National Wushu Athlete Agatha Fernandez-Wong, Visual Artist Patrick Fernandez, businessman James Dy, humanitarian Dr. Abraham Coquia, Philanthropist Rocky Vasandani and World Championships of Performing Arts medalist Sophia Samonte.
Recipients of the Pinablin Dagupeño Diamond Award were Eleazar Quinto (Public Administration), Prime Cruz (Arts and Culture), Dr. Macarthur Samson Sr. (Public Service), Dr. Jesus Canto (Community Service), Dr. Bernabe Marinduque (Research and Technology), Dr. Dante Velasco (Mass Media), and Dr. Betha Fe Manaois-Castillo (Medicine).
Meanwhile, the Pamirbir tan Pamagalang Award of Recognition was awarded to various sectors in the field of education, health care, business and non-government organizations as follows:
-UNIVERSITY OF PANGASINAN-PHINMA
-UNIVERSITY OF LUZON
-UNIVERSIDAD DE DAGUPAN
-DAGUPAN CITY NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
-ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL SCHOOL
-PANGASINAN UNVERSAL INSTITUTE
-DIVINE WORD ACADEMY OF DAGUPAN
-MOTHER GOOSE SPECIAL SCHOOL SYSTEM, INC.
-REGION I MEDICAL CENTER
-NAZARETH GENERAL HOSPITAL
-DAGUPAN DOCTOR’S VILLAFLOR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
-THE MEDICAL CITY PANGASINAN
-LUZON MEDICAL CENTER, INC.
-DFCCA PANDA VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE
-DAGUPAN CITY NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
-ROTARY CLUB OF DAGUPAN
-PANGASINAN MEDICAL SOCIETY
-DE LUXE RESTAURANT
-NESTOR ICE CREAM
-ZUÑIGA JEWELRY STORE
-MARIANO LIM BAZAAR
-LIM TIAN KO/CITY GROCERY
-MAJESTIC ICE PRODUCTS
-EDUARDO TAN HARDWARE
-ANTONIO CHU HARDWARE
-DY AUTO SUPPLY
-EL GUAPO BAZAAR
-NEW DAGUPAN LUMBER
-NEW HONG KEE
-GLORY AUTO SUPPLY
-GUANZON GROUP OF COMPANIES
BANGUS CONSIGNACION- ELY TOMAGOS
BANGUS PROCESSOR – FE MEJIA VIDAL
TOP TAXPAYERS YEAR 2023
-SAMSUNG ELCTRONICS PHILS. CORP
-DAGUPAN ELECTRIC CORPORATION
-CSI WAREHOUSE CLUB, INC.
-SAN MIGUEL BREWERY INC
-UNIVERSITY OF PANGASINAN, INC
-SUPER SHOPPING MARKET, INC.
-PH GLOBAL JET EXPRESS INC
-DAGUPAN DOCTOR’S VILLAFLOR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, INC
-NEW STAR COMMERCIAL CHIAO ONG NGO
-COEN FASHION & GENERAL MERCHANDISE PUN LING YEUNG
-LYNIX TRADING MARNIX JOSEPH MIRANDA MAGNO
-ZOTA TRADING & CONSTRUCTION JOSE JESUS GALVAN RAMOS
-RH ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES MARKETING RHODA POCSIDIO GACUTAN
-CEDEMED PHARMA DISTRIBUTOR DAISY PALO ABCEDE
-STAR CANDY MERCHANDISING ROGER LIM FERNANDEZ
-321 ELECTRONICS SERVICE CENTER ALLAN LAO BOLSICO
-PROGRESSIVE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS (HELLO) CRISTOPHER ALAN LIM KUA
-CHRIS HARDWARE & GENERAL MERCHANDISE JAIME ONG CUÑA