Local theater group to stage ‘Basta Kapampangan, Manyaman’ musical

STA. RITA -- Local artist group ArtiSta.Rita will stage the musical “Basta Kapampangan, Manyaman” musical on December 7.

The play, which highlights Kapampangan culinary traditions will be the central attraction in this town’s much awaited 17th Duman Festival will once again bring together Kapampangan food lovers in a night of cultural entertainment and wanton food tripping at the Santa Rita Eco Park.

The event will be featuring food stalls that will be selling Kapampangan food and delicacies. The famed Duman will also be available for sale.

Locals and Kapampangans from abroad usually troop to this town for Duman which is made in the Barangays of Santa Monica and San Agustin.

The festival is capped by a Kapampangan theater performance.

The event will be held at town’s famed EcoPark area with performances from homegrown Kapampangan artist group ArtiStaRita. The festival started in 2002, which originated from the long-standing tradition of pounding and winnowing unripe glutinous rice (lacatan) and turning it into a light pale gold or green delicacy called “duman.”

The festival features alfresco dining were rows and rows of delicacy stalls would sell various pastries and native dishes of the town, with duman being the major highlight. The food sold during the festival would include native pastry attractions of the town like sansrival, masa podridu, mamon and mamon tostado. Sta. Rita is known as a pastry town with a strong culinary tradition.

The festival has attracted a steady following of local and international tourists. The Duman Festival is, arguably, the only festival of its kind that is held in the evening and features festive dining until the wee hours of the evening. The program for the event is expected to start at 5 p.m.


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