Governor Amado I. Espino III commended the participants of the Webinar: “Local Responses to Spanish Colonization: The Cases of Andres Malong and Andres Lopez” which was conducted by the Pangasinan Provincial Government through the Center for Pangasinan Studies (CPS) on April 28.
Made possible in partnership with the National Historical Commission, the webinar which was held via Zoom and Facebook Live was participated in by different schools and organizations from Pangasinan and even outside the province.
Hence, the webinar served as a testimonial of commitment by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Pangasinan to the Local Historical Committees Network and in solidarity with the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines as well as the 441st Anniversary of the Founding of the Province of Pangasinan.
Stressing the importance of history, Gov. Espino stated in his message that this year is significant since the country commemorates vital events that took place 500 years ago, “Ang taon na ito ay napaka-espesyal dahil ating ginugunita ang ika-500 anibersaryo ng first contact ng mga Pilipino at mga Kastila noong 1521 o ang tinatawag na National Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines,” he said.
Commending the objective of the webinar, the governor stated that the activity plays a pivotal role in giving importance to history “Ang webinar ngayong araw ay magbibigay ng bagong perspektibo at impormasyon tugkol sa naganap na Malong at Palaris revolts,” he stated.
In the webinar, Prof. Nicholas Michael C. Sy of the University of the Philippines-Department of History, presented an offshoot on the paper he is working in which the focus was on three scopes: 1654-1660, Pangasinan; Maestres de Campo de Naturales as local’s response on Spanish Colonization; and indigenous agency. Both Andres Malong, leader of the Malong Revolt and Andres Lopez, Maestre de Campo of the Palaris Revolt.
Maestre de campo was a rank created in 1534 by Emperor Carlos V, inferior in rank only to the capitan general.
Furthermore, Prof. Sy’s paper which is in argument format, dealt on different scopes such as the position’s role, the case of Malong and Lopez in Pangasinan, how the position was attained, brief summary of Malong’s leadership, abstract timeline of political consolidation among others. After thorough reviews, said paper will be published once it is finalized.
Meanwhile, CPS Executive Director Perla Legaspi, in her welcome address, said the webinar elucidates the context of highly explored narratives surrounding historical events. “Pangasinan has a long history of struggles and triumphs from Spanish and Japanese control,” she said as she added that both Malong and Lopez proved their historical significance in Pangasinan history.
Stressing the importance of the webinar, Dr. Legaspi disclosed that the activity will contribute to deeper understanding of Pangasinan history. “May the lecture be a reminder of our resilience, bravery and tenacity and may it serve as testament that culture and history will remain relevant amidst the pandemic,” she said.
Aside from the partner Higher Education Institutes like University of Luzon, Lyceum Northwestern University, PHINMA-Dagupan, Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation and various Local Government Units, high schools, state universities in Pangasinan.
Some of the attendees from outside Pangasinan include De La Salle University-Manila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, san Beda College-Alabang, Philippine Normal University, University of the Eastern Philippines, National University, President Ramon Magsaysay State University, Central Luzon State University, University of the Asia and Pacific, Mary Immaculate Parish Special School, Department of Foreign Affairs, Liloan National Technical Vocational High School, Pamantasan ng Cabuyao, Rajah Soliman Science and Technology High School, Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology, Pasay City West High School, Divine Word College Vigan, Scholastic Press, Philippine Historical Association, DMMMSU-SLUC, among many others. (/Ruby R. Bernardino)