THE celebration of the 450th Pampanga Day will officially kick off with a thanksgiving mass and simple ceremonies at the Capitol grounds on Monday, December 6, 2021, which can also be accessed online.

This was announced by the Provincial Information Office on its social media page, together with a call from Vice Governor Lilia Pineda for Kapampangans to join the special celebration and Holy Mass as thanksgiving for the dipping Covid-19 cases in Pampanga.

"December 1 to December 11 is the time we observe Pampanga Day (December 11 every year). Pinaka-importante ang misa [on December 6] to be led by our two bishops to thank God that Pampanga Covid cases are dipping at mag-zero Covid tayo," Vice Governor Pineda said.

She said along with prayers, Kapampangans still have to be careful, observe minimum health protocols and get vaccinated, especially with the alert against the Omicron variant.

"Ingat pa rin at kailangan lahat ay ma-vaccine," the vice governor emphasized.

During the recent national vaccination days, more than 170,000 Kapampangans got jabbed through the drive conducted by the provincial government headed by Governor Dennis Pineda.

'Aldo Ning Kapampangan'

The late President Ferdinand Marcos, through Proclamation 2226, declared December 11, 1982 and every year thereafter as "Aldo Ning Kapampangan," a special non-working holiday in the province’s 19 towns and the component cities of San Fernando and Mabalacat, excluding highly urbanized Angeles City, which is politically independent of Pampanga as a chartered city founded on January 1, 1964 under Republic Act 3700.

The commemoration was first declared an official non-working holiday during the incumbency of Governor Estelito Mendoza, who also commissioned the composition of an official Pampanga hymn sung during official functions of the provincial government up to the present.

Pineda has ever since emphasized the importance of Pampanga Day as she wants every Kapampangan to join in the commemoration of the founding anniversary of Pampanga, it being the oldest province in the country.

Pampanga, according to history, was the first province and the richest spoil created by the Spaniards in 1571.

It was named after the Indung Kapampangan River, the largest river in the former empire. Ancient Pampanga’s territorial area used to include portions of the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Tarlac and Zambales in the big Island of Luzon of the Philippine Archipelago. (JTD with Ian Ocampo Flora)