DAGUPAN CITY — The province of Pangasinan will observe special public holiday on Nov. 13 as it celebrates the 117th birth anniversary of one of its sons, the late Speaker Eugenio Perez, the first Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Republic Act No. 6721, passed and approved on March 20, 1989 during the term of President Corazon Aquino declared Nov. 13 of each year as Pangasinan Day in honor of the late Speaker who presided over the House of Representatives during the terms of Presidents Sergio Osmena, Manuel Roxas and Elpidio Qurino.

Born Nov. 13, 1896 at Sitio Obong in Barrio Basista in the then municipality of San Carlos, Perez served as Speaker from 1945 to 1951. He was one of the founders of the Liberal Party, whose president (Manuel Roxas) he served during his term as speaker.

Basista separated from San Carlos and became a town.

Married to the former Consuelo Salazar, a soprano and a native of Nueva Vizcaya from whom he had three children, Perez died on August 4, 1957.

He was a member of the House of Representatives from the then Second District of Pangasinan which once included Dagupan City.

As speaker, he supported measures introduced by the reigning administrations then that led to massive reconstructions of the Philippines from the ravages of World War II. PNA