Alaminos opens Pilgrimage Island to public

April 29, 2017 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment


by Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ALAMINOS CITY- A new tourist destination within the Hundred Islands here has been opened to the public during the observance of Holy Week, which was led by Mayor Arthur F. Celeste.
A 56-foot statue of Christ the Savior was constructed atop the Martha Island, now called the Pilgrimage Island.
The pilgrim route has an eco-trail covering 263-concrete steps to reach the statue.
Mayor Celeste said the city government will also build a chapel, retreat house and a garden beside the statue.
” Once the other main features are completed, the pilgrimage island will lure hundreds of thousands of tourists particularly the pilgrims or devotees not only during the Lenten season but all year round.The place will be perfect meditations, for recollections and other religious activities,” he said.
The pilgrimage site offers a majestic and breathtaking view overlooking the 1,884-hectare Hundred Islands National Park.
Christ the Savior statue faces the St. Joseph Cathedral Parish and the city proper. It’s  the second statue built after the St. Joseph and the Child atop Governor’s Island.

It will be formally opened on May 1 during the celebration of the ” Pista’y Dayat” or Feast of the Sea.
Celeste further said that the project was realized through the support of St. Joseph Parish, the city government, community volunteers, and the city’s police force including the drug surrenderers.
Asingan celebrates ‘Kankanen Festival’
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ASINGAN-  This agricultural town in eastern Pangasinan celebrated the annual ‘Kankanen Festival” in front the municipal hall last April 22 showcasing various “kankanen” or native cakes.
Mayor Heidee G. Chua who led the festival, said this is  part of the town’s “One Town, One Product” or OTOP to promote its native cake delicacies, which thrives in the town.
Municipal officials, village officials, teachers from various schools, non-government organizations, expatriates (balikbayans), the townspeople, and visitors partook the served “kankanen” with gusto.
All the 21 villages of the town have prepared “kankanen” of various types like suman, latik, bibingka, tambotambong, etc.
“This is a celebration of our oneness, unity and solidarity as one town,” Mayor Chua said.
The festival was opened by a Thanksgiving Night last April 19 to give thanks to the Lord Almighty for the blessings He has bestowed to the townspeople. This was followed by the Coronation, Balikbayan and Educators’ Night.
Last April 20, a Fun Run was conducted in the morning, an acrobatic show and a HipHop Dance Competition among the youth in the afternoon and the Miss Gay Universe in the evening.
A medical and dental mission with free circumcision was conducted in the morning of April 21 side by side with the car and motor show and the blood letting activity, which was sponsored by the town’s Police Station.
The evening was capped by the Search for Ginoo and Mutya ng Asingan 2017 at the town’s gymnasium.
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