LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Pangasinan’s distinct culture, arts and innate talents were showcased in full length during the Asia CEO awards held recently in Manila Marriott in Pasay City attended by business executives and investors from various parts of the country and abroad.
The Awards Night was dominated by an array of shows by Pangasinan cultural groups and performing artists, namely: the Pangasinan Provincial Chorale, Dangoan Pangasinan Dance Troupe, Koro de Tayug, Aniweng na Cuerdas Rondalla, Mitoy Yonting, Rex Navarette, Renz Ruther Robosa, Myra Soriano Jalique and Michael Angelo Santos.
Expressing gratitude for the all-out participation of the provincial government to the Asia CEO awards, ASNA awardee Rebecca Bustamante-Mills, who grew up in Dasol town, hailed the Pangasinense performers for charming the visual and auditory senses of the local and international business tycoons and investors.
The Asia CEO awards recognizes the extraordinary leaders and leadership teams who have demonstrated outstanding achievements for their organizations, and contributions to others.
Fully-supported by Governor Amado I. Espino, III through the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, cultural groups from the provincial government – the Dangoan Pangasinan Dance Troupe and the Pangasinan Provincial Chorale, whose members are all employees of the provincial government, entertained the audience while showing clear picture of how cultural preservation is given prime emphasis by the provincial administration among its employees.
The Dangoan performed cultural dances which originated in Pangasinan while the Provincial Chorale, a consistent top performer in Civil Service Commission – chorale competition, serenaded the guests with their renditions of Pangasinan songs and other lively musical pieces.
Meanwhile, the Aniweng na Cuerdas, an award-winning rondalla group of Mangatarem National High School, and the Koro de Tayug of the mother high school in Tayug town, provided spectacular performances using the stringed group, and bamboo instruments.
Solo performers from Pangasinan – pastor Myra Soriano Jalique, Renz Ruther Robosa, Michale Angelo Santos, and The Voice-PH 2013 Grand Champion Mitoy Yonting from Calasiao also performed powerful songs.
The CEO awards gave out 17 awards to most-accomplished individuals and teams which currently operate in the Philippines and across the Asia Pacific region.
It can be recalled that Rebecca, CEO awards founder, and her husband, Richard Mills, on July 5 had invited the province of Pangasinan led by Governor Espino on the Asis CEO Forum held at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City for a sales pitch of Pangasinan’s wide range of investment opportunities and tourist attractions.
By Dexter A. See