LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN—Thousands of spectators, including those watching online,witnessed and enjoyed the spectacular 2023 Capitol Christmas Lighting on Friday, December 1, at the Capitol Plaza here.
With Governor Ramon V. Guico III’s message, which focused on the value of unity, Pangasinenses got the chance to experience the best festive mood with their families and friends.
“Let us be united as one province and as Pangasinense,” the governor said as he further stated that his administration always emphasizes excellence in all aspects of development.
In stating this, Gov. Guico called on local chief executives to collaborate. In spite of the intricacies of work, politics, work, and other factors, he added that it is important to go back to the principle of unity to achieve all the goals and objectives set for Pangasinan.
“I take pride as your governor, who can unite all of our common goals in our united vision. Rest assured that the province will be in full support of noble and excellent programs that you would want to implement and to be done in your respective municipalities and cities,” the governor said.
With this year’s theme, “Paskong Ang Galing, Sa Pusong May Ningning,” the objective of bringing the Capitol closer to the grassroots is kept alive as the Pangasinan Spouses’ League led by First Lady Maan Tuazon-Guico envisioned helping a community in Pita, Infanta town, experience a brighter Christmas this year. Said community has no electricity to date.
Last year, proceeds from the fund-raising of the spouses’ league were utilized for the re-painting of the Capitol Building to get it back to its original color, which is ‘white.’
The lighting of the 50-foot Christmas tree and nativity scene (Belen) which served as the centerpiece of the event in the presence of the first family, Vice Governor Mark Ronald DG Lambino and his wife, Atty. Melanie Lambino, some members of the board with their families, local chief executives with their family members, and the different department heads led by Provincial Administrator Melicio F. Patague II. Serving as special guests were the immediate kin of the first family to include 5th District Congressman Ramon Guico, Jr. and wife Dr. Arlyn Grace V. Guico, and Binalonan Mayor Ramon “RG” Guico IV.
Other highlights of the event include the fireworks display and the lighting of some of the structures in the Capitol Complex.
(Ruby R. Bernardino/Pangasinan Information and Media Relations Office)