A parade of over a hundred artistically-decorated motorized bancas along the historic Limahong Channel will thrill visitors coming to Pangasinan on May 1 for the 2017 Pangasinan Pistay Dayat (Sea Festival).
Called Banca Parada, the activity will kick off at Sitio Bantayan, Pangapisan Sur in Lingayen at 7:00 a.m., passing under the Domalandan Bridge and ending below the Banaga Bridge in Bugallon.
The Limahong Channel, now connected to the Agno river, is part of Pangasinan history as it was dug by 15th century Chinese pirate Limahong to escape to the sea from the pursuing Spanish Army led by Capt. Juan de Salcedo.
The annual banca parada will also showcase the beauty and history of the revived rivers in Pangasinan, many of which have undergone a series of clearing and dredging operations under the Task Force Kalikasan as part of the “Ilog Ko, Aroen Tan Bilayen Ko” environmental advocacy of the provincial government.
Depicting the theme “Masaganang Ilog at Karagatan, Yaman ng Pangasinan”, Banca Parada can be best viewed along the river banks starting from Sitio Bantayan, Pangapisan Sur, Lingayen, atop or under the Domalandan bridge in Lingayen and near the fluvial parade culmination area in Banaga bridge, Bugallon, Pangasinan officials said.
The Pistay Dayat commemorative program to be led by Governor Amado I. Espino, III follows right after the banca parada where fluvial float winners will be awarded.
Participation to the fluvial parade is open to all offices and hospitals of the provincial government (category A), city/municipal local government units, national government agencies and non-government organizations (category B) and barangays (category C). (PNA) LVM