May 1 – Lingayen, Pangasinan
Another important festival that I will surely miss is Pista’y Dayat where in thousands of beach lovers flocked to the beaches of Lingayen Gulf for the annual celebration of Pista’y Dayat (sea festival) which started the first day of May.
Pista’y Dayat Festival (Sea festival) is traditionally a thanksgiving festival observed every April in Lingayen, Pangasinan. It celebrates the bountiful harvest and abundant fishing from the sea. The events feature mass offering on beautiful beaches and fluvial parade. Local menfolk are looking forward to the search for the fairest lass in the Gulf, also known as the Mutya ng Dagat.
From being a local thanksgiving festival, Pista’y Dayat has grown into Pangasinan’s grandest festivity. It lasts for two weeks and is held at the Lingayen Beach. Among the anticipated events in the festival is the grand parade of Pangasinan festivals wherein the nine well-known festivities of the province are featured, namely Galicayo Festival of Manaoag, Pandan Festival of Mapandan, Longganisa Festival of Alaminos, Sugpo Festival of Binmaley, Mango and Bamboo Festival of San Carlos City, Puto Festival of Calasiao, Binongey Festival of Anda, Sawali Pista’y Dayat.
According to Governor Amado Espino Jr., the event serves as a “reawakening of the Pangasinenses consciousness regarding music, dances, arts, and culture of the province.”
At least a hundred boats participating in a fluvial parade commence the celebration. The festival also has an environmental preservation-related event, Konsyerto sa Gulpo, which allows young bands to further environmental awareness through their music. Other events include: the Grand Orchestra Showdown; the Pansasayawan, Panturugtugan dancesport fest; a solo vocal competition; the Zarzuela Tan Turbaan; the Panangidayaw Trade, Tourism, Food, and Garden Fairs; the Ating Yaman photo contest and artscape; the Tianggehan sa Pista’y Dayat; the Limgas na Dayat beauty contest; amateur boxing bouts; the Magpalipad Tayo kite-flying competition; the Ipahayag sa Layag boat painting competition; the Palaro sa Lahi concert and variety show; and the Buhay sa Buhangin Festival of Labrador, and sand-sculpting competition.
To go to Lingayen Pangasinan:
Go to bus companies like Victory Liner, Five Star or Dagupan Bus at Cubao terminal station or Kamias terminal station and they will drop you off at the town proper of Lingayen.