LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – “Do not forget who you are and do not forget where you came from.” This was bared by Governor Amado I. Espino, III in his speech during the 2nd Provincial Tourism Quiz-Wiz held at Sison Auditorium, here, on September 25 as he urged the participants, especially, the youth to show their love for Pangasinan and pass the heritage to the future generation.
Richmond C. Racuya and Jet R. Toralba, from Don Ramon E. Costales Memorial National High School who represented LGU Villasis, bagged the championship among the twenty-six teams from various municipalities and cities of Pangasinan who flocked and competed in the 2nd Provincial Tourism Quiz-Wiz while Marivic C. Rodolfo and Cristine J. Nora, from Bacnit Integrated School who represented LGU Mabini, won as the 1st Runner-up and Hana Clariza O. Eugenio and Lander Ace D. Altatez, from Mangatarem National High School who represented LGU Mangatarem, placed as the 2nd Runner-up.
The Provincial Tourism Quiz-Wiz, dubbed as ‘Talisiw tan Turismo na Saray Kalangweran, highlighted the celebration of Pangasinan Tourism Month 2017, which centers on the theme:“Sustainable Tourism: a Tool for Development.”
Gov. Pogi also stressed the real essence of the quiz-wiz – to showcase the youth’s wisdom and love for Pangasinan’s history, cultures and traditions.
“We are all here not only to compete, but, we are here to show our love for Pangasinan not only today but in the becoming days and years,” Gov. Pogi added as he encouraged all the participants to be a proud Pangasinense.
Meanwhile, Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim encouraged all the participants, whom he also called ‘millennials,’ to preserve the well-acclaimed history of Pangasinan.
“We have to do everything in our capacity to make sure that our culture, arts and everything that is good in Pangasinan are passed on the way ‘millennials’ know how to pass them on and through this, we know that the pride of Pangasinan lives and is always alive,” Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim noted in his speech as he acclaimed the rich and blooming history of the province.
According to PTCAO Officer Malu Elduayan, the event was intended to encourage Pangasinenses to rediscover and be proud of their rich history, traditions, culture and arts, and tourism.
It can be recalled that municipal or city level tourism quiz eliminations sponsored by local government units, respectively, in partnership with the Department of Education were held before the provincial contest and the top two winners in each municipal/city joined the provincial contest.
By Dexter A. See