Monday, February 28, 2011


DAGUPAN CITY – The new seal of the city will be presented to the public and winners will be known in one of the events of the Bangus Festival on April this year.

This was disclosed by City Secretary Jorge Estrada, chairman of the ad hoc committee tasked by City Mayor Benjamin S. Lim to study, initiate, and supervise the redesigning and registration of the official corporate seal of the city...

The present seal, which was designed by the late Archbishop Mariano Madriaga in 1948, but it was never registered with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (formerly National Historical Institute).

“Our seal needs to be redesigned to reflect the true historical, economic, and cultural values of our city. While Dagupan is widely known for its fishing industry and is being touted as the “Bangus Capital of the World,” nowhere in the seal is this assertion featured or even emphasized,” Lim said.

He said that to accomplish this, the city launched the Dagupan City Corporate Seal Redesigning Contest to produce a design that shall truly reflect the indigenous character of the city as a coastal local government unit with a thriving fishing and aquaculture industry and, at the same time, one that is well on the way to becoming a highly urbanized city with a developing industrial base.

On the last day of submission of all entries last January 31, 26 contestants have submitted their entries all sealed in an envelope, which contains hard copy of the design, seal symbolism, and a compact disc containing the proposed new seal designed.

Estrada said that the entries will be judged under the following criteria: historical relevance (35%), originality (25%), creativity and artistic presentation (20%), and conformity to basic heraldic tradition (20%).

“Initially the board of judges shall be composed of an international artist, a member of the National Center for Culture and Arts, a member of the Fourth State and others,” said Estrada.

The first prize winner will receive a cash prize of P50,000 and a trophy; second prize, P30,000 and a plaque; third, P20,000 and a plaque and 10 consolation prizes of P1,000 each.

The Ad Hoc committee vice-chairman is Honorata G. Siapno while the members are Alipio Serafin D. Fernandez, tourism and cultural development chairman, Sangguniang Panglunsod; City Administrator Vladimir T. Mata; City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Alma Ruby Caronongan Torio; President Cornelia T. Español of the Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of the Philippines, Dagupan City Chapter; President Patrick Fernandez of the Dagupan Artists Circle; City Librarian Rufina S. Meneses; DILG City Director Rhoderick M. Dawis; and retired City Assessor Jose M. Sanchez, past president, Rotary Club of Central Pangasinan. (CIO – Joseph C. Bacani)

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