LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – People from all walks of life will gather along the baywalk at the Capitol beachfront to express gratitude for the “bountiful harvest from the sea” via the festive banquet dubbed “Dulang” boodle fight scheduled at the peak of Pistay Dayat revelry on May 1, 8AM.
The “Dulang” boodle fight to be led by Governor Amado I. Espino, III is preceded by the Misa na Pisasalamat and Pistay Dayat Commemorative Program, featuring the distribution of fishery paraphernalia and fish processing kits to fisherfolk organizations, and the awarding ceremony for the winners of the boat painting contest.
“Dulang”, a Pangasinan term for “hapag-kainan” or dining table, is a symbolic representation of abundant harvest, and unity among Pangasinenses.
Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro, event chairperson, said the “Dulang” event is an expression of gratitude to the blessings from the sea and from other natural resources of the province.
The boat-replicas used for the boat painting contest – which was participated in by the 12 coastal towns and two coastal cities of the province – will be used as dining tables for the boodle fight, Oro said.
Bringing a festive mood to the boodle fight is the lively sights and sounds by the drum and bugle coprs of the University of Luzon.
The provincial government through the Provincial Employment Services Office (PESO) on May 1, starting at 6PM, mounts the 3rd Night Job Market at the PESO compound.
Pistay Dayat revelers, and beach goers will witness the GMA Kapuso Night on May 1, from 8PM onwards at the Capitol beachfront – with celebrities Alden Richards, Bea Binene, Benjamin Alves and Sunshine Cruz.
SMB Night is also featured on May 1, starting at 7PM, within the 11th Tourism and Trade Expo, which is located beside the Capitol Resort Hotel.
By Dexter A. See