Chronicles the vibrant history of Christianity in Pangasinan, the beautiful and inspirational coffee table book Pananisia: Heritage and Legacy was launched last week at the Sampaguita Gardens in Quezon City.
With Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president, Archbishop Socrates Villegas as executive editor, the 258-paged, fully colored book contains articles by prominent and respected Church historians, including national artist Nick Joaquin.
The launching was sponsored by Joe and Gina de Venecia and the Vera-Perez Family, composed of Marichu Maceda, Pepito Vera- Perez, Lilibeth Nakpil, Cocoy Vera-Perez and Chona Ampil.
At the launch, Archbishop Villegas said that the book is the first church history book ever written since Christianity came to Pangasinan in 1587. And, so many things have happened since then. So many officials of the Church and government have come and gone but what the book celebrates is that concrete person who has never left Pangasinan and has stayed all through the years—Jesus Christ.
In a speech during the event, Pangasinan solon Gina de Venecia also lauded the Archbishop, saying, “Pangasinan has become a much better place already with his presence as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.
“Last year, Archbishop Villegas has successfully built the first theology seminary in Pangasinan, the Mary Help of Christians Theology Seminary up a hill in Barangay Palapad, San Fabian, which is located in my congressional district. With its establishment, the Fourth District is now home to three leading pillars of the Catholic faith, including the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in Manaoag and the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan in Dagupan City.”
She continued, “With Archbishop Villegas taking the lead and the initiative, Our Lady of Manaoag Church has also been declared as a Basilica Minore by His Holiness, Pope Francis in February. And today, we are launching his coffee table book—a tangible religious heritage that mirrors the culture and the real identity of Pangasinense.”
Among the guests were Molly Sy (wife of Henry Sy), Gloria Romero and film producer Lily Monteverde.
Proceeds of the sales will benefit the Mary, Help of Christians Seminary scholarship program. The book is published by the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan.