Commentary: Long live the Pangasinan High School
By Behn Fer. Hortaleza, Jr.
Dagupan City (12 November) -- Old buildings, especially those that have withstood the ravages of war even to this day, are made of fond memories. Those who revere these structures, however dilapidated or neglected, or take active moves for their restoration, are not only paying homage to history, they are also institutionalizing it.
In Pangasinan, these old buildings, including the just reconstructed Provincial Capitol, are grandiose witnesses of a glorious past, of an era when men and offices were revered halls of wisdom. It is just right to take time, money and effort to preserve whatever is left of them.
Those who know Lingayen, the Capital town, from its ancient (make that pre-war) history, can never fail to include in their memories the old Pangasinan High School and its two original buildings that, fortunately for the history-conscious among us, remain standing today. The compound may have been renamed Pangasinan National High School, its general landscape changed for modernity and convenience but the aura of pre-war memories remain especially if a visitor's eye wanders off to the two Gabaldon-type buildings that have seen better days within the school compound. The sight of these structures alone is enough to bring on nostalgia for the more senior of our citizens.
We laud the efforts of the alumni and the municipal government of Lingayen led by Mayor Jonas Castaņeda for organizing a PHS alumni homecoming that will, hopefully, start the ball rolling for an honest-to-goodness restoration work on these solid structures of a glorious past handed thru the generations by our forefathers.
Being the home of many of our illustrious former and present national officials and leaders hailing from Pangasinan, the PHS must be preserved if only to breathe meaning to what Sir Richard Steele once said: "There are so few who can grow old with a good grace." (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]