Pampanga's founding anniversary kicks off Thursday

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The Province of Pampanga will celebrate 441 years of its founding history with a grand display of cultural and civic events for various sectors of the province.

Governor Lilia Pineda will lead the start of the celebrations with a flag-raising ceremony followed by a Eucharistic Mass. She will be joined by provincial board members, officials from various municipalities and sectoral leaders. 

This will be followed by the opening of the “Pamanyulat Kapampangan” (Kapampangan Writing) competition at the Benigno Aquino Hall and the Pamamupul Festival Grand Parade which will feature inter-municipality harvest-inspired street dancing presentations.

The second day of the celebrations on December 7, will feature the “Aldo Ning Mangabiayan and OFW” at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center, simultaneous with the “Agro, Industrial, Trade, Food, Cultural, Arts and Crafts Fair” at the trade hall of SM City Pampanga.

The main highlights of the celebrations are the Mutya Ning Kapampangan Pre-Pageant (SM City Clark) and Coronation Night (Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center) on Dec. 7 and 10, respectively, and the Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards on December 11.

Third District Board Member Trina Dizon said that the events lined-up by Pineda for this year aims to provide a more social and practical relevance to the celebration of this year’s founding anniversary.

Dizon said other events for the week-long celebration are the Off-Road Challenge, medical and dental missions for the Pampanga Provincial Jail inmates, Barangay Health Workers Symposium among others.

“We are urging our fellow Kapampangans to be one with us in celebrating our province’s history and support the programs and events lined-up for this year’s celebration. Entrance in all in social and cultural events free and open to the public,” Dizon said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on December 06, 2012.

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