Pangilinan: Of Hearts and Arts

SINCE February is both the month of hearts and the National Arts Month in the Philippines, we never seem to run out of options of meaningfully commemorating these two important occasions. Pampanga is no exception.

The City of San Fernando started the celebrations early with its Cityhood Anniversary that featured a three-day city fair last February 3 to 5 at the San Fernando Train Station. A Kapampangan Pop Culture Night showcased the talents and humor of homegrown acts Ara Muna and Friends, Joker the Magician and Dos Palikeros, while a Kapampangan Bands Night witnessed the active participation of More than Linda, Fluid, Jaws Vs Meatbags, Loser, Soyciety, and MILF Hunters.

A series of well-attended arts workshops were enjoyed by young and old alike, such as the Kite-making and Flying lessons with Isagani Cajulao, basic sketching with Harvey San Miguel and Marc Valenciano, and drawing and coloring with painter Noel Lopez Catacutan. Kapampangan short films through the initiative of CineKabalen where also shown for free during the weekend.

Meanwhile, the City Government of San Fernando will cap its hearts day and Cityhood Anniversary with its annual Kasalan king Balen on February 11, Harana para sa Kababaihan on February 13, and a special free show, Philippine – China Cultural Exchange, at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center featuring acrobats and cultural performers from Quanzhou City, China and performances from Dolores Elementary Rondangklung Ensemble and Sinukwan Performing Arts.

Aside from the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark this weekend, Angeles City is also embarking on a month-long observance of Arts Month. Among the activities is the aptly titled BuCACA, standing for “Buklat ing Cabiasnan Capampangan”, meaning an open house of studios, galleries and museums in the City on all Saturdays of February.

There will also be a night of music and poetry at the Plaza Angel on February 8, 2017 as part of the Art to Heart Series while Ruston Banal will deliver a talk on Art Appreciation on February 11 at the Angeles City Library and Information Center. Film enthusiasts will once again have their fill with the series of film showing in all Mondays of February at the Plaza Angel.

February is indeed a love-filled month as we continue to show our love, not only for ourselves and other people, but also for our heritage, arts, and culture! Happy hearts and arts month to all!

Special thanks to all my family, friends, relatives, colleagues, from here and all over the world, who sent their greetings and messages on my birthday. Much love from me to you!

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