Sison Auditorium is the usual venue in Lingayen for local or national cultural conventions and for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, concerts, theatre plays, exhibits, graduation, government functions, and other events. Locals call it the Cultural Center of Pangasinan (CCP).
The building also displays the ASNA Awards which gives recognition to the most exceptional Pangasinenses in different fields. Some of the famous awardees are Fidel Ramos, Jose De Venecia, Joyce Bernal, and F. Sionil Jose.
Sison Auditorium was established before World War II, from 1926 to 1927. It was formerly called as the “Grand Provincial Auditorium” of Pangasinan in the 1930s as the edifice served as a ground for zarzuelas and other cultural shows during the pre-war and post-war phase. It was then renamed after the late governor Teofilo Sison, the first Pangasinense who became the secretary of National Defense.
The auditorium was restored and renovated from 2008 to 2010 under the supervision of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. According to him, the building will be used to help the locals learn and appreciate the history of the land by reviving their culture and arts.
The newly refurbished structure was inaugurated on April 5, 2010, just in time to celebrate the first “Agew na Pangasinan” which marks the 430th founding year of the province. The performing of zarzuela and local songs and dances has also been reborn as part of the activities in celebration of Pista’y Dayat festival during May 1st.
Sison Auditorium is another example of American architecture in Pangasinan. It boasts of its neo-classical style with arches and columns used for the exterior and interior of the building. It is painted in beige and white and has a seven-bay loggia.
The walls and ceilings make a beautiful geometry made up of wood, concrete, and glass. Other highlights of the place are the state-of-the-art lighting and the dazzling chandelier, imported from Austria, which is hanging from the most elevated point of the ceiling.