PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Pangasinan immortalizes 67th Lingayen Gulf Landingsby April M. Montes
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 10 (PIA) –- The province celebrated the 67th Lingayen Gulf Landings and Pangasinan Veterans’ Day today at the Veterans Memorial Park here.
The affair commemorated the historic event when U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur and his allied forces landed on the shores of Pangasinan in 1945 to liberate the Philippines from Japanese occupation.
The celebration started with a thanksgiving mass officiated by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas of the Lingayen-Dagupan Archdiocese. It was followed by a wreath laying ceremony headed by the event’s guest of honor and speaker, former President Fidel V. Ramos, Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr., members of foreign diplomatic corps and the World War II veterans.
The occasion was highlighted by the launching of the book entitled, “Biographical Sketches of Pangasinan Heroes of World War II” written by Deborah Beltran-Castillo and Dr. Cecilia Beltran-Daranciang.
Castillo, one of the authors, cited in her message that she decided to write a book that narrates the extraordinary life of ordinary individuals who gave their lives in order that people will live.
She added that she wants to preserve the memories of the past since these veterans will pass away and their experiences will turn into oblivion if not put into writing.
The books were presented to World War II heroes who were featured in the book. In an interview, one of the recipients of the book, Martiniano Natan from Malasiqui said, “Balbaleg ya salamat ta naitdan kami onya gaway impanlingkor mi ed Pilipinas nen kumadwa ya bakal” (A big thanks because we were given something like this since we served the Philippines during World War II.)
Subsequently, lunch and cultural show were held at the Sison Auditorium. A medical mission and distribution of gift packs to the veterans capped the event. (ANL/AMM-PIA 1 Pangasinan)