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Saturday, September 14, 2013
Malu T. Gueco
THE Filipinos' penchant for celebration tops the barometer in the happiness quest. In 1990, a survey was conducted among Asian countries to determine this gaiety index. As sure as the rising sun, we excelled in the poll ratings as joyous persons. Truly we are a group submerged in the cheerfulness criterion. On the other side of the coin, thereto, the Japanese populace inked the list as the most unsatisfied society.
In line with this proclivity for celebration, especially, October holidays, we focus our lenses on our beloved cityscape. Angeles City is all agog to commemorate the month-long Fiestang Kuliat (FK) Kick-off ceremonies for this year in 2013.
Let us now trace the history of this great paean. Then City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan (1992) conceived the idea of turning the city twin fiestas into a one month affair and named it as Fiestang Kuliat (FK).
FK seeks to honor our patron saints. Our Blessed Virgin of the the Holy Rosary (La Naval) and the Lord of the Holy Sepulcher (Fiesta nang apung mamacalulu). La Naval was held every second Sunday of October while the Fiestang Apu was celebrated on the last Friday of October.
On October 1830 La Naval was first inaugurated to memorialize the religious devotion of our fundadores (founders). Don Angel Panteleon de Miranda and Dona Rosalia de Jesus, who led the original settlers who cut the coarse woody vines (kuliat) to start Barrio Culiat.
The barrio became a town on December 8, 1829 and eventually into Angeles City on January 1, 1964.
On October 1992, the initial FK celebration for one month was established through an executive order of Mayor Pamintuan. Activities ranged from cultural, sports, arts, foodfest to a grand city parade. Highlighting the festival was the city street dancing and revelry event called Tigtigan at Teraken keng dalan (TTKD) which saw people dancing, singing and carousing in the street in Balibago.
Ms. Josie D. Henson, a descendant of the city founders, became the first over-all chairperson of the festival. I became a member of the media committee together with Max Sangil and Hannah B. Tulud in 1992.
What a welcome transformation for our city. How Mayor Pamintuan and his vibrant team of leaders waved a wonderful wand of joy which overcame Mt. Pinatubo desolate days and erased our sorrow. What a merry Mt. Olympus-like Octoberfest!
Today in this blessed 2013, let us be one. Come! Let us join the jovial, heart-thumping and esprit de corps (Group spirit) celebration.
You and I are one.
Yearning to be happy, we walk and struggle to reach the mountain top of contentment. Striding through the backbreaking trail of loneliness and crisis, we persist. Conversely, we hope to see the “Aslagan” (sunlight) of golden optimism.
Voila. In one quiet moment and in an unexpected place and hour we are surprised to touch the keystone of peace and bliss. Moving our hearts to rejoice, our minds to be inspired and our spirits to dance with the wind of bliss.
As Nathaniel Hawthorne said:
“Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, it is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, it may alight upon you.” How wise and enlightening are his words and insight.
Today, find your own root of happiness.
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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 15, 2013.