Brief History of the Province of Pangasinan

Prior to the arrival of the Spanish, Pangasinan was already a prosperous region with a well-developed social, economic, and political system. It was inhabited by the Pangasinan people who were skilled in agriculture, fishing, and salt-making. They had a matrilineal society where women had equal rights with men, and they had their own writing system called the “eskritura pangasinan”.

During the Spanish colonial period, Pangasinan became a center of the Catholic faith, with numerous churches and religious orders established in the province. The Spanish also introduced new crops and livestock, which further boosted the province’s economy.

In the 20th century, Pangasinan played a significant role in the country’s struggle for independence. It was the birthplace of several notable figures, including Jose de Venecia, Jr., who served as Speaker of the House of Representatives for over a decade, and Fidel V. Ramos, who became the 12th President of the Philippines.

Today, Pangasinan is known for its thriving agriculture and fishing industries, as well as its beautiful beaches and tourist destinations such as the Hundred Islands National Park and the Bolinao Falls. It continues to be a vital part of the Philippines’ cultural and economic landscape.