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of Pangasinan, the Lyceum Northwestern, MotherGoose Science High, etc., among many others including IT learning centers, the knowledge about the province of Pangasinan and appreciation of its culture and history are still wanting.

As in the national capitol region, our students are taught, trained and groomed for the global labor market. This is not at all bad. However, as educators we have the responsibility to instill in them a sense of  identity and rootedness.

Leaving the country for greener pastures is understandable in the context of our lives under a third world economy. But I still dread the day when all Pangasinan folk would have migrated elsewhere. This reminds me of the controversial Pozorubbio.com where the entire folk of this sleepy Pangasinan town has been virtually transplanted into a cyber community. In this age of globalization and transnationalism, Pangasinan folk has joined the peripatetic Ilukanos and the rest of the Filipinos in the greatest diaspora ever from the 20th century to this millenium.

The Filipino exile abroad will only become alone if he has been totally uprooted from his native soil. But if his soul brings him to his roots even in a foreign land, he will forever remain Filipino or Pangasinan wherever he may be. It is up to us educators how to put forth that Pangasinan soul in a world of negotiables and consummables.

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