Abra’s Catholic radio station marks 50 years
Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian is interviewed on DZPA, a Bangued diocese-run radio AM radio station. PHOTO COURTESY OF DZPA
By Fr. Louiegene Arnold Valdez
February 18, 2020
One of the country’s oldest Catholic radio stations has marked a milestone last week — 50 years on air.
DZPA or Dial Zone Puso ti Abra began broadcasting on February 1, 1970. It started as a Bangued diocese-owned station, and it still is today.
Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian urged the station’s management to continue being the voice of the diocese and of the whole Abra province.
“Be a voice of truth, love, compassion, mercy of the Lord Jesus,” Jaucian said in his homily during Mass to mark the occasion at the Bangued Cathedral on Feb. 13.
The celebration was also highlighted by honoring the station’s pioneer broadcasters and employees.
Caridad Go, DZPA’s first manager, said that all through these years, the station has gone from “a humble ‘pukaw-pukaw (unstable” to a powerful medium of God’s word reaching far across the seas.”
“Bishop Odilo Etspueler must be smiling from above. Mission and vision accomplished,” she said.
Msgr. Pablo Nilo, the diocese’s Vicar General, attributed the “golden achievement” to the “invaluable hard work and perseverance” of the past and present administrators and staff of DZPA.
“Our service is golden because of your unceasing support to the Church and the community,” Fr. Nilo said.
DZPA is one of the legacies of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) in Abra. It was established through the leadership of Bishop Etspueler, the first prelate of Bangued, as a medium to spread the Good News and to unify the Tinguians and Ilocano inhabitants, who at the time, showed animosity toward each other.