“Mahalin ang sariling atin. Ang taong hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan.”
Thus stressed by Governor Amado I. Espino III as he paraphrased the famous Filipino saying when he led the prelude event of the Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa observance, which was held at the vicinity of the “Bantayog-Wika” monument located in the center aisle of Maramba Boulevard.
Calling for the unity of Pangasinenses in development-oriented undertakings, Gov. Espino urged his provincemates to always look back in the past and “Never forget the learnings in the yesteryears taught by parents and elders.”
The staging of the Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa prelude event hosted by the provincial government was held simultaneously with other provinces in the country where a Bantayog-Wika has been installed.
Joining the governor in the said event were Lingayen Mayor Leopoldo Bataoil, Center for Culture and Language Director Mary Ann Macaranas, several department heads of the province led by Provincial Administrator Nimrod Camba, and representatives from the Department of Education – Schools Division of Pangasinan I.
Pangasinan is the 11th place in the country, which was granted with a Bantayog-Wika language monument. The said marker was inaugurated sometime in December 2018.
An added feature of the forthcoming Buwan ng Wika celebration, the exhibit of various forms of literature in Pangasinan was unveiled. Also included in the said exhibit, which was placed along the center island of Maramba boulevard, were information regarding the Pangasinan language.
Under the Espino administration, love for culture and Pangasinan language was given emphasis through various projects which included the conduct of Kurit Panlunggaring, a literary contest in Pangasinan language; the adoption of the Pangasinan Orthography; and the singing of the Pangasinan Hymn.
Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa banners the theme “Wikang Katutubo: Tungo sa Isang Bansang Filipino.”
Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca (Photos by Meinard Sadim & Jin Perez)