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Dagupan City has come a long way since officially being declared a city on June 20, 1947 by Philippine President Manuel Roxas. From decades past armed with a rich history until the recent years of fast-paced development, the city continues to evolve into the first-class urban city that it is today.
Most iconic of Dagupan is its title as the Bangus Capital of the World, which, besides being among the top producers of milkfish (bangus) in Pangasinan, was further made known the world over in 2003 when the city became a record holder of the World’s Longest Barbecue as certified by the Guiness World Records.
Apart from this prestigious world title, Dagupan has always boasted of its inherent multi-faceted capabilities to become the center of trade, education, banking and community development in the Ilocos Region. Identifies in 2008 as one of the country’s most competitive small-sized cities outside Metro Manila in a survey by Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Policy Center, and in 2009 for the same title in the Philippine Cities Competitiveness Ranking Project (PCCRP), it is no wonder that Dagupan’s high concentration of banks, schools, malls and business centers, combined with the responsiveness of the local government all contribute to improving the quality of life of
Dagupan city is also home to the best of dining and tourism in the north, with iconic cuisine and native delicacies that can satisfy the most stringent of international palates; picturesque architectural landmarks and state-of-the-art, relaxing getaways.
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In his first term as city mayor, the sisterhood pact between the Cities of Dagupan and Mipitas was among the notable fruits of Dagupan City Mayor Benjamin S. Lim’s July-August 2002 official visit to the US.
The Dagupan delegation – consisting of Mayor Lim and his official entourage – met with key Milpitas residents. These include: then Milpitas City Mayor Henry Manayan, a Filipino – American traces his roots to Pangasinan and Ilocos Sur; and incumbent Councilman Jose Esteves, a native Bonuan, Dagupan City, then who was running for mayoralty race. Fred and Lita Estevez of the United Dagupan Association of USA and residents of Milpitas paved the way for the meeting to take place.
Following initial discussions, a sisterhood agreement was formally signed on April 15, 2003 by the cities of Dagupan and Milpitas.
A four-man delegation team – consisting of former Vice Mayor Alvin Fernandez, City Councilor Farah Marie Decano, City Administrator Rafael Baraan and Melandrew Velasco – went to Milipitas City, California to seal the pact.
Close to 100 U.S.–based Dagupeños attended historic signing at the Milpitas City Council Hall.
On December 19-23, 2003 the Milpitas Sisterhood City Commission led by Mayor Esteves and Echo Arthur, vice chairperson of the commission, reciprocated with a similar visit to Dagupan.
An exchange program between the cities ensued and in 2006, some 20 Dagupan students had a home-stay program with some Fil-Am residents in Milipitas.
Mayor Lim is set to strengthen the sisterhood relations with Milpitas with the return of Mayor Bogs Esteves as Milpitas City Mayor in 2010.
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