The History of Pangasinan: A Storied Provincial Capitol

The Pangasinan Provincial Capitol is a symbol of the rich history and cultural heritage of the province. The design of the building reflects the unique blend of French neo-classical architecture, showcasing the strength and elegance of Pangasinan. This iconic building, located on the shores of Lingayen Gulf, is a testament to the province’s unwavering commitment to preserving its heritage and promoting its culture.

The history of the Pangasinan Provincial Capitol dates back to 1917, when the construction of the building began during the term of Governor Daniel Maramba. The building was designed by Ralph Harrington Doane, a prominent architect of his time, and was built with a budget of 300,000 pesos. The construction was led by a team of experienced professionals, including the governor, members of the provincial government, and a district engineer. The building was designed to be a government complex, featuring a court house, jail, garage, storeroom, hospital, and residences for the governor and provincial treasurers.

The Pangasinan Provincial Capitol was completed in 1918 and quickly became a symbol of pride and progress for the province. The building’s architecture was inspired by French neo-classicism, featuring columns, entablatures, and pediments. The interior of the building was designed to be spacious and open, with high ceilings, large windows, and wide corridors. The building was designed to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing, and it quickly became a popular gathering place for the people of Pangasinan.

Unfortunately, during World War II, the building was severely damaged. However, in 1949, the provincial board led by Governor Enrique Braganza, reconstructed the building to its pre-war grandeur. The reconstruction marked the beginning of a new era of growth and prosperity for the province.

In 2007, the Pangasinan Provincial Capitol underwent a major renovation, which marked the beginning of a new phase of development for the province. The renovation was led by Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. and was aimed at restoring the building to its former glory while also improving its functionality. The renovation earned the building national recognition, and it was awarded the title of “Best Provincial Capitol in the Philippines”.

The renovation was not just limited to the physical appearance of the building, but also included human resource improvement programs aimed at restoring dignity, self-respect, and professionalism among provincial government employees. Under the leadership of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., Pangasinan experienced a period of rapid growth and development, attracting numerous investments, and establishing local, national, and international linkages.

In December 2018, the Pangasinan Provincial Capitol celebrated its 100th anniversary, marking a century of service to the people of Pangasinan. The building remains a symbol of the rich history and cultural heritage of the province, and it continues to play an important role in promoting the culture, traditions, and values of Pangasinan. The Pangasinan Provincial Capitol is a reminder of the province’s proud history and a symbol of its bright future.