Monday, June 9, 2014

Lingayen's Capitol and Governor's House

I'm excited to feature Lingayen, the capital municipality and seat of government of my home province ,Pangasinan. Lingayen is derived from the Panagasinan word "lingawen," to look back, and a recent trip to Lingayen afforded me another glimpse of the capitol. 

We were given a quick tour of the provincial capital grounds upon our arrival, and what a sight it was. It was heartening to see money and attention was poured in to spruce the place up. It looked better than the last time I visited decades ago. I just wish they do something about the capitol resort hotel.

We started the tour at the back entrance.

The provincial seal, pictured above. Notice the cauldron with billowing smoke? The two triangular figures beside it represent pillars of salt, one of the main products of the province. In fact Pangasinan is derived from the word "asin", which means salt.

I love the design of the capitol building, done in art deco style, if I'm not mistaken. Art deco is more streamlined than art noveau. 

Above is the facade of the capitol building, and below is the view from the front entrance.

We then went back inside to tour the upper floors.

Goofing around. 

I tried on the governor's table for size. 

Below is the legislative hall.

We went another flight of stairs leading to the rooftop, and we were afforded the view of the governor's official residence, pictured below.

Roof detail.

More minutiae.

After the capitol building tour, we headed towards Urduja House, the official residence of the governor. The house is named after a mythical warrior-princess.  

Strong Southeast Asian influences are incorporated in the design of the house

A portrait Urduja, legendary Pangasinan leader.

Last look of the view from Urduja House

I do hope the provincial government  continue with the improvements in the capitol grounds, and beyond.

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