Tuesday, November 15, 2011
This was said by former President Fidel V. Ramos during the book launch of 111111-111 FVR WOW last November 11 at the elegant Sison Auditorium here.
The former President commended the leadership of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. whom he monickered GATE as he further said that the provincial chief executive is the “gateway to progress and peace” for Pangasinan. “Be a part of the gateway leading to Number One. Kulang ang daang tuwid. Kailangan ng daang tama thru the gate,” he said.
Gov. Espino hailed Pres. Ramos for his latest endeavor even as he disclosed that the launching of the book, which is a collection of the latter’s timeless quotes that summarizes the best practices in citizenship and governance, will definitely inspire every reader and leader of society to make the best in a lifetime.
The Governor also said that the book serves as a timely inspiration in the province’s quest to become Number One as the present administration enriches the history, culture and arts of Pangasinan.
The book is authored by Melandrew T. Velasco, a Pangasinese writer, who served as public relation officer both for President Ramos and Gov. Espino, during his years at the PNP when he was the provincial director.
Velasco said that both leaders share a lot of things in common. “They are both generous, both great taskmasters, both profession-oriented, and both dedicated sons to their fathers,” he cited.
The book launching was attended by the members of the Provincial Board headed by Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, Jr., some local government unit officials led by Mayor Noel Nacar, PNP spearheaded by Provincial Director Rosueto Ricaforte, representatives from different sectors and line agencies, student leaders, FVR classmates, provincial department heads and chiefs of hospitals, and Pangasinan First Lady Priscilla Espino.
Said affair coincides with the 111th birth anniversary of Ambassador Narciso Rueca Ramos, Pres. FVR’s father.
The book launch was highlighted with the unveiling of Ambassador Ramoses bust with side activities like book signing and press conference. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)