History and social sciences faculty members and students and some representatives from various local government units (LGUs) joined and engaged in the lecture-forum held at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC) II on January 8.
Served as a prelude to the 75th Lingayen Gulf Landings and 13th Pangasinan Veterans’ Day, the lecture forum, dubbed “Bakal tan Awaran” is a collaborative activity of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan through the Pangasinan Center for Studies (CPS) and National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).
University of the Philippines – Diliman College of Social Sciences and Philosophy Professor Ricardo T. Jose, a renowned historian and WWII history expert, served as the resource speaker during the lecture forum.
CPS Executive Director Perla E. Legaspi said that this activity further enhances one’s patriotism and love for country, particularly for Pangasinan that played a significant role during the Lingayen Gulf Landings and World War II.
“As Pangasinenses, this lecture-forum will remind us of our role during the WW II, our patriotism and how we fought for freedom,” Legaspi stressed.
This lecture-forum will aslo inform the millennials on the struggles of Pangasinenses and how the early generation of Pangasinan survived before and after the war.
Hence, as the repository of information, data and knowledge on and about Pangasinan whose goal is to enrich and understand Pangasinan society, culture, history, and environment, CPS, she said is esteemed to be part of events and discussions related to the development of the province such as this collaborative lecture-forum.
Representing Governor Amado I. Espino III, Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Margielou Orange Humilde-Versoza commended the initiatives of the CPS and NHCP for being a partner of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan in instilling the value of rich history of Pangasinan to the young generation.
The board member also urged the students to further embrace the legacy of heroic acts of the veterans in Pangasinan.
Also present during the event were: Lingayen Mayor Leopoldo N. Bataoil and NHCP OIC of the Office of Executive Director Carminda R. Arevalo, Veterans Federation of the Philippines Executive Assistant BGen. Robert Theodore Romero and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) – RO1 Education Supervisor Juan Primitivo Petrola.
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman