Written by Philippine Information Agency
Lingayen, Pangasinan (6 August) — Pangasinan language must live and be here to stay.
This in a nutshell was the message of Gov. Amado Espino, Jr. when he spoke before members of the Ulupan na Pansiansay Salitan Pangasinan (UPSP) during its 10th anniversary celebration at the Pangasinan State University Audio-Visual Room here last Wednesday.
In recognition of the governor’s effort to promote the use of the Pangasinan language, the group passed a resolution making him honorary president of the group.
Espino opted to speak extemporaneously rather than read his prepared speech.
While the Capitol is the face and heart of the province, the Pangasinan language, he stressed, is its soul. For this, he had directed the entire provincial government workforce to use Pangasinan as its official language during flag-raising ceremony on Mondays.
Noting that Pangasinan is a dying language he exhorted every Pangasinense to use Pangasinan in all local occasions, instead of Tagalog or English. Every Pangasinense should also practice conversational Pangasinan, or if cannot be avoided, use Tagalog-Pangasinan or English-Pangasinan, he said.
Former trade and industry Director Jaime Lucas, the founding president of the group who received special citation during the 430th Founding Anniversary of Pangasinan, lauded Espino who, he said, was the only modern provincial leader who openly endorsed Pangasinan as the official language in the province. “It’s only this time that I heard a governor endorsing Pangasinan as the official language of the Capitol and the whole province,” he said.
Primarily founded to preserve and promote the use of the Pangasinan language, Lucas said he was thankful that UPSP reached this far and acknowledged everyone’s support, especially the governor.
Lucas said that every other two weeks, one of the 6,000 languages in the world dies, half of which is expected to be extinct by 2020, citing a report from the Associated Press.
He also lamented the fact that Pangasinan, one of the eight officially recognized languages in the Philippines, is dying. For this, Lucas told parents that they must never be ashamed to allow, train or ask their children to know the language.
Dr. Victoriano Estira, PSU President, on the other hand, called for a stronger “Ulupan” which he said should reflect the culture, hopes and aspirations of every Pangasinense as he pledged his support to the group.
UPSP has lined up various activities to include exhibit of books and magazines, film showing of Anacbanua, an award winning Pangasinan film, lecture series, creative writing workshop and the conferment of the Galang ya Pablo Mejia, the highest literary prize on Pangasinan literature. (PIO/PIA Pangasinan/dos)