April M. Montes
DAGUPAN CITY – Former President Fidel V. Ramos (FVR) spearheaded the unveiling of the library-cum-museum named after him held recently at the University of Pangasinan-PHINMA campus in this city.
FVR, the 12th president of the country and a notable son of Pangasinan, felt honored that the edifice was named after him saying “it is the first educational resource center which hopefully young people not only in Pangasinan but all of northern and central Luzon can make use of.”
Ramon del Rosario Jr., president of PHINMA Corporation that owns the University of Pangasinan, said that the decision to name the library for FVR was made with the hope that said educational facility will help students draw inspiration from one of the great few who gave fruition to freedom.
“Decades after his term, he continues to work towards a vision of a better Philippines. The University joins Pilipinas Shell, San Roque Powerplant and SM Foundation, in honoring one of the country’s great leaders with a first presidential library,” Del Rosario said.
The library-cum-museum is expected to help instill the importance of education and literacy to the youth and shall house the memorabilia of FVR which offers a window to his life and his vision for the country and the young generation.
For Jhuliano Nazareno, student council president, the library is a significant one not only because it was named after a former president but at the same time, it is a realization of the students’ aspiration to have a place that is conducive for learning.
“You did not just build a library for us, you build hopes and dreams for our students,” Nazareno said as he thanked the contributors to the project. (JNPD/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)