LINGAYEN–With eyes trained to the sky, New Year revelers welcomed the year 2013 with thrill as they watched the spectacular 15-minute grand fireworks display at the Capitol beachfront as 12 midnight struck.
The holding of fireworks display has been a traditional New Year treat of the provincial government headed by Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. for Pangasinenses who want to spend their new year countdown at the Capitol Complex, known to be among the best in the country.
As early as 8 p.m. of December 31, more than 1,500 Pangasinenses started gathering at the Lingayen beachfront bringing food with them.
A mass was held at the Capitol Plaza at 10 p.m., after which people trooped to the beachfront where cups of hot arroz caldo were served free.
While waiting for the new year countdown, the crowd, which swelled to over 3,000, were entertained with a variety of upbeat music by the live band of the Provincial government called Banda ni ATE, keeping everyone in high spirits.
Adding lights and colors to the fireworks display were the lighting up of a hundred sky lanterns which were released at the start of January 1, 2013.
After the revelry, those who came thanked Espino for making their New Year celebration a very memorable one.
“First time po namin na nakakita ng ganito kagandang fireworks lalo na sa amin na walang pambili ng paputok at pati na rin iyong pagpapalipad na sky lanterns. Nakakaiyak po,” one of the spectators said.
Joining the revelers were First Lady Mely Espino and her son Jumel, Provincial Administrator Raffy Baraan and his family, GSO Chief Rolando Diaz, PPSSG Romeo Aquino, Chief Administrative Officer Irmina Francisco of the Governor’s Office, Municipal Administrator Poly Baltazar of Lingayen and some balikbayans. (PIO/Merly R. Tibalao)