DAGUPAN CITY – Crowd-drawing Paseo de Belen and the Fiesta Carnival are back along the De Venecia Expressway Extension to be formally opened on December 2 .


This was bared by Epee Rafanan of the Dagupan City Fiesta Executive Committee who said both activities will spice up the yuletide season and the month-long city fiesta.


He said that in the Paseo de Belen, there will be 26 different nativity scenes (‘belen’) to be put on display.


There were 18 barangays that opted to put up their own nativity scenes. These are Barangay II and III, Lasip Chico, Tapuac, Herrero-Perez, Bonuan Boquig, Tebeng, Caranglaan, Bolosan, Mangin, Tambac, Pantal, Bonuan Gueset, Poblacion Oeste, Malued, Mamalingling, Barangay 1, Salisay and Lucao.


Other  barangays like Pogo Chico, Pogo Grande, Lasip Grande and Barangay IV were clustered as one entry along with  Barangays Pugaro, Salapingao and Lomboy; Mayombo, Bacayao Sur and Bacayao Norte, and Barangays Calmay and Carael.


Four other entities have signified their intention to put up their own versions of the nativity scene.  These are the Dagupan City National High School, Dagupan City Police Station, Dagupan Electric Corporation and CSI Group of Companies.


Rafanan clarified that only the 22 barangays are vying in the Best Belen competition and the prizes that go with it.


The Paseo de Belen will be located in the empty lots along the Jose De Venecia Extension highway from in front of the CSI the City Mall Lucao to a big house along that stretch.


It will be lighted from 5:00 in the afternoon to 1:00 in the morning everyday up to January 8, 2018.


With a floor area of six meters by six meters, each nativity scene entry will be judged according to durability and stability, craftsmanship, innovation of traditional ‘belen’ format, appearance and approach of the theme.


First place winner will receive P50,000; second place, P30,000; and  the third placer will receive P20,000.


As an added security against fire, the committee has imposed a maximum electric load requirement of 10 kilowatts with eight branch circuits per entry and that the Christmas lights must be weatherproof and waterproof and in accord with the Department of Trade (DTI) standard.


Winners will be announced during the Barangay Night on December 27 at the city plaza. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Nov. 22, 2017)