|The hallway that opens to the auditorium's center|
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I recently visited Lingayen, Pangasinan for rest and recreation. Having stayed at the pleasant resort called El Puerta Marina in Barangay Pangapisan, I was rejuvenated to roam around the municipality aboard a tricycle. It was fancy visiting spots like the provincial capitol and the Veterans Memorial Park, but stepping inside the province's Sison Auditorium was the most memorable for me.
Constructed in 1927 (construction began a year before), the edifice known today as the cultural center of Pangasinan became a venue for various activities from sports meets, school graduations to international summits.
I took my first steps inside the auditorium with its security guard cum tour guide. The electricity was down and he ushered me into the center of the establishment with references to old gatherings and a tale about mysterious footsteps in the gallery. I was suddenly happy that I visited right after lunch.
There we were right in the middle of the open space, exactly below an opulent-looking chandelier. It's been hanging there for only a few years after being imported from Austria as related by the security guard. It turned out that a major renovation was done in 2008 that lasted for three years with then Governor Amado Espino, Jr. at the helm. The power was down but in the faint darkness of the afternoon, I could still appreciate the interior of the place. Most of the renovations done there were those that I saw also at the provincial capitol.
|The chandelier imported from Austria|
Next time, I hope to visit the place as part of an activity already. I'm confident that the chandelier, when lit, will exude nothing but elegance and American nostalgia.
M Y O T H E R L I N G A Y E N P O S T S
+ American Nostalgia At The Pangasinan Capitol
+ Sunday Morning Catch At Lingayen Beach
+ Beach Bumming At Barangay Pangapisan
+ The Attractions of El Puerto Marina
+ Visiting The Veterans Memorial Park In Lingayen
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