Bayambang, Pangasinan is 400 years old

On April 5, 2014, the town of Bayambang in Pangasinan will officially turn 400 years old.

At the kickoff for the year-long preparation, the official Quadricentennial logo was unveiled, fireworks lit up the night sky and 400 sky lanterns were released along with a candle-lighting ceremony and the ringing of the church bell 400 times.

The Quadricentennial Committee officially launched the start of the preparations for the 400th year celebration led by the Executive Committee Chair, Dr. Henry J. Fernandez with the presentation of some of the flagship projects that will be undertaken during the lead-up to the 400thyear in 2014.

At the Bayambang Town Fiesta Inter-Institutional Alumni Homecoming last April 5, the projects, which include the installation of a Quadricentennial Arch, the publication of a coffeetable book on the History of Bayambang, a grand medical mission, the building of the Bayambang Museum and an official search for the Four Distinguished Bayambanguenos who have contributed significantly to its progress, were launched.

Bayambang will also attempt to set a world record for the "Longest Grill" during the annual Malangsi Fish-tival, when grills are set out along the street. Malangsi, which means "fishy," depicts Bayambang as a producer of fresh water fish products such as mudfish (dalag), catfish (pantat), and gurami.

Present during the April 5 launch were the town's citizens and local officials, including businessman and Kabaleyan, Cezar T. Quiambao, who has made Bayambang his base of operations. Quiambao pledged P5 million as seed fund for the Quadricentennial celebration.

Quiambao urged the Bayambanguenos to make sure that 2014 will be an unforgettable celebration, because it only comes once.

"We didn't witness the 300 years, and definitely we will not be here when it reaches 500 years, so let's put everything now; let's make our 400-year celebration successful. We need to put Bayambang on the map of the Philippines," said Quiambao.

Bayambang Municipal Mayor Ricardo M. Camacho also urged all of the town's citizens, especially those living in Metro Manila or abroad, to come home and take part in the celebration of Bayambang's centennial "to make it successful."

Almost four centuries ago, on April 5, 1614, Bayambang was constituted as a town with its own civil government, according to the findings of a Research and Study Committee created by Mayor Ricardo M. Camacho and subsequently approved and recognized by both the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the President of the Philippines.

Bayambang has played a significant role in Philippine history. When General Emilio Aguinaldo was being pursued by American forces led by Gen. Arthur MacArthur, one of the places in which he sought refuge to evade capture on November 12, 1899 was the town of Bayambang. Additionally, Gen. Aguinaldo made Bayambang the temporary capital of the Philippine Republic. It was also in Bayambang, on the same date, that the regular army of the Philippine Republic was disbanded and resorted to guerilla warfare against the Americans. The following evening, Aguinaldo and some members of his government and military officers left Bayambang for Calasiao.

General Antonio Luna also came to Bayambang to prepare the defenses for General Aguinaldo's escape.

The lyrics of the Phlippine National Anthem was written by an poet-soldier, Jose Palma in a train coach stationed in Bautista, Pangasinan, which then was part of Bayambang.

The town of Bayambang lies in the central part of southern Pangasinan on the banks of the Agno River. It is bounded on the north by the town of Malasiqui, on the south by Camiling in the province of Tarlac, on the east by Bautista and the west, by Urbiztondo. It is composed of 77 barangays, including the poblacion. It comprises a land area of 16,800 hectares, and based on the 2012 census, has a total population of 116,426. Bayambang is a first class municipality in the province of Pangasinan.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Billionaire finds wreck of WWII ship in Phl
    Billionaire finds wreck of WWII ship in Phl

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the Japanese Navy’s biggest warship at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines, 70 years after US forces sank it. Allen posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday of the World War II battleship Musashi’s rusty bow, which bore the Japanese empire’s Chrysanthemum seal. The American billionaire, who has also pursued space exploration, said his luxury yacht and exploration ship, the M/Y Octopus, found the Musashi one kilometer (1.6 miles) deep on the …

  • US ambassador recovers from knife attack praised by N. Korea
    US ambassador recovers from knife attack praised by N. Korea

    The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was recovering from surgery Thursday after having his face and arm slashed by a knife-wielding activist in an attack applauded by North Korean state media. The United States condemned the "act of violence" which saw the ambassador rushed to hospital where his condition was described as stable after two-and-a-half hours of surgery that included 80 stitches to a deep gash on his right cheek. During the assault, Kim screamed a slogan in favour of …

  • New Moro rebel group emerges
    New Moro rebel group emerges

    A radical Muslim cleric trained in the Middle East and considered one of the leaders of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) has broken away from the terror group to form his own band of jihadists who are now reportedly providing sanctuary to bomb expert Basit Usman and at least five foreign militants, the military said yesterday. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Col. Restituto Padilla, citing reports from the field, said the Justice for Islamic Movement (JIM) was …

  • Miriam bucks house arrest for Enrile
    Miriam bucks house arrest for Enrile

    Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago believes granting Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile house arrest, while former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo remains under hospital detention, will violate the equal protection clause of the Constitution. “That’s already a violation of the equal protection of the law,” she said. …

  • World's oldest person wonders about secret to longevity too
    World's oldest person wonders about secret to longevity too

    TOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest person says 117 years doesn't seem like such a long time. …

  • Ohio mom, boyfriend guilty; child emailed teacher for help

    PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — A woman and her boyfriend pleaded guilty to raping her young children and were sentenced to prison on Wednesday, a year after one of her daughters emailed a teacher for help and said she and her siblings were being chained to their beds, deprived of food and sexually assaulted. …

  • 8 of 10 cities most at risk from natural disasters located in Phl – study
    8 of 10 cities most at risk from natural disasters located in Phl – study

    Eight of 10 world cities most exposed to natural hazards are in the Philippines and more than half of the 100 cities most exposed to earthquakes, storms and other disasters are in four Asian nations, according to a research. The study, published on Wednesday by risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft, analyzed the threat posed by storms, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, volcanoes and landslides in more than 1,300 cities. The study found that the 10 cities most at risk are Port Vila in …

  • Ex-crew recognizes photos of sunken Japanese battleship
    Ex-crew recognizes photos of sunken Japanese battleship

    TOKYO (AP) — A former crewmember on a Japanese battleship that sank during World War II said Thursday he recognized photos of wreckage discovered this week off the Philippines by a team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options