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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 06, 2012

Binmaley catapults 2nd “Sigay” Festival

by April M. Montes

BINMALEY, Pangasinan, Jan. 6 (PIA) –- This town will hold its annual fiesta on February 1, coinciding with its 422nd founding anniversary and highlighted with the celebration of the much awaited 2nd Sigay Festival that established the town as the Seafood Capital of the North.

The Sigay Festival was initiated by Mayor Lorenzo Cerezo last year to promote the town in the tourism map of the Philippines as the Fishbowl of Pangasinan and as the undisputed seafood capital of Northern Luzon.

The fest is celebrated to give tribute to the aquaculture industry of the town, which is the number one source of livelihood in the community here. Sigay is a Pangasinan dialect word which means ‘to harvest from the sea’.

After its resounding success last year, the Sigay Festival will again kickoff on January 21 and will end on February 3. The two-week celebration shall feature varied activities that will be enjoyed not only by the Binmaleyans but also by tourists and “balikbayans” (returning Filipinos from abroad).

According to Gertrudes Reyes, executive chairperson of the affair, preparations are being done for the festivity. Tarpaulins of the calendar of activities were already posted all over the town inviting everyone to attend and be part of the festival. She added that they are working on the souvenir program of the event.

(ANL/AMM-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

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