dear advanced php coders,
thanks for your wonderful contributions to this community.
However, I have a problem and it is summarized in the codes below... but the returned error is:

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_ENCAPSED_AND_WHITESPACE, expecting T_STRING or T_VARIABLE or T_NUM_STRING in C:\wamp\www\dce\province\register.php on line 130

I want to fetch records from mysql and and bind them to the <SELECT><OPTION VALUE></OPTION></SELECT> controls on HTML form.

Please help me, it's not working as the code below specifies...

Thank you!
PHP Code:
<?php session_start();
$server="localhost";
$server_user="root";
$server_pass="";
$db_name="dce";

if (!
$con=mysql_connect($server,$server_user,$server_pass)) {
die(
'Could not connect: ' mysql_error()); } 
elseif(!
mysql_select_db($db_name$con)) {
die(
"Could not connect to the database: " mysql_error()); }

else {

}
/*
elseif (!$load_region=mysql_fetch_array(mysql_query("SELECT region_number FROM region"))) {

    header("Location: ../Accounts/loginerror.php"); }

else {
//extract the column values of the database into variables.
$_regnum=$load_region['region_number']; }//region_number is the database field 

mysql_close($con); //close connection*/
?>
HTML Code:
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
<title>DCE - New Region Registration</title>
<link href="../Style/Site.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
<style type="text/css">
<!--
.style1 {
	color: #FFFFFF;
	font-weight: bold;
}
-->
</style>
</head>

<body>

 <form name="form1" action="confirm_province.php" method="post" style="margin-left:15px; margin-right:20px;">
	    <p><b>Select Region: </b><br />
PHP Code:
<?php echo "<Select name='reg_name' size='1' class='passwordEntry'> ";
$load_region mysql_query("SELECT region_number FROM region ORDER BY region_number"$con);

while (
$row mysql_fetch_array($load_region)) { 
echo 
"<option value='<?php $row['region_number']; ?>'>" $row['region_number']."</option></select>";
}
?>
HTML Code:
<br /><br />
		<b>Location of Province:</b> <br />
        <input type="text" name="pro_location" value="" class="passwordEntry" /> 
        <br />
        <br />
          <b>Province Number:</b><br />
        <input type="text" name="pro_num" value="" class="passwordEntry" />
        <br />
        <br />
        <b>Username:</b> <br />
        <input type="text" name="pro_uname" value="" class="passwordEntry" />
        <br />
        <br />
        <b>Password:</b> <br />
        <input type="password" name="pro_pword" value="" class="passwordEntry" />
        <br />
        <br />
        <b>Confirm Password:</b> <br />
        <input type="password" name="pro_con_pword" value="" class="passwordEntry" />
        <br />
        <br />
        <!--<b>Email Address:</b><br />
<input type="text" name="email" value="" class="passwordEntry" /><br /><br />-->
        <input type="submit" name="btnRegister" value="Register" class="submitButton" />
      </p>
  </form> 
 <p>&nbsp;</p>
</div>

 </div>
 
<div class="footer">
     <?php include("../footer.php");?>
   </div></p>
</body>
</html>