Hundreds join Lubao’s Sampaguita festival

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Sunday, May 4, 2014


LUBAO, PAMPANGA -- Hundreds of participants from the town's 44 barangays participated in the Third Sampaguita Festival held in front of the historic St. Agustin Church here on Sunday.

Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab said this year's festival featured participants in seven clusters coming from different villages.

During the first and second Sampaguita festival, the participants came from the six parishes and public high schools, according to Cayabyab.

"The significance of the festival is to show to the province and the country that our town is the only municipality that produces sampaguita," she said.

Cayabyab said that Lubao is the top supplier of sampaguitas in Metro Manila, adding that all the barangays here maintain backyard sampaguita plantations.

"Sampaguitas are not just flowers to us but a source of living for many families here, that is why we are promoting the spiritual and livelihood aspect of the town and its people through this festival," she said.

The mayor also said that many families can now afford to send their children to school as they earn from selling and producing sampaguita.

Highlights of the festival are the street dancing and free dance interpretation at town proper and Plaza de San Agustin.

Cayabyab said the Municipal Government did not spend a single centavo for the festival. According to her, the barangays shouldered the expenses through their cultural funds.

"I would like to thank the barangay chairmen and kagawads for their participation and cooperation in making the Sampaguita Festival a success, rest assured that we are looking forward to a livelier and grander festival next year," Cayabyab said.

She said that Lubao's Sampaguita dancers were also the winners in the 2012 and 2013 Sinukwan Festival.

"Hopefully we win again and become the grand slam champion in the 2014 Sinukwan Festival in December," she said.

Ricky Pablo, municipal tourism officer, said the 442-year-old San Agustin church will be declared as an Important Cultural Property by the National Museum on Monday.

He added that after the celebration of the Mass by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, Vice Governor Dennis Pineda and officials of the National Museum and the town will lead the unveiling of the marker. (Chris Navarro)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 05, 2014.

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