ANGELES CITY -- The local government here lauded local artists with the Pupul ning Banua awards 2016, held February 26 at the Plaza Angel in Barangay Sto. Rosario, Angeles City.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said that Pupul has been conceptualized to recognize Angeleños who have been making strides in the field of cinema, music, fashion, visual arts, and literature, among others, in the past year.
“This is in line with our continuous effort and commitment to promote, preserve and further our city’s local culture and arts scene. At the same time, it is also a way to laud the people who have devoted their time and effort in the creation and performance of masterpieces that the whole world appreciates,” said the mayor.
He further stated that the awards night is a gesture of pride and appreciation to Angeles’ local artists.
According to Dr. Richard Daenos, head of the Angeles City Tourism Office, Pupul is a local version of the Ani ng Dangal Awards of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
“In this context, the word Banua can either mean two things: first, we are being thankful for a year of good harvest in the field arts; second, we are providing a platform of appreciation & recognition for the Angeleños who have been blessed by the heavens with the gift of artistry,” he said.
He also added that more Angeleño artists were awarded this year.
Pupul ning Banua recognized the following Angeleños: Film producer Ferdinand Lapuz, director Jason Paul Laxamana, child performer Ryzza Mae Dizon, screenplay writer Robert Tantingco, TV producer Gerrome Esguerra, linguist Michael Raymon Pangilinan for his papers titled Kambal Siaula Faithfully representing Kapampangan Phonology in Sulat Kapampangan or Kulitan and Kapampangan Hydronyms, Kimberly Joy Villanueva for her best-selling pop-fiction book turned into blockbuster movie The Bet, ballet dancer Adriana Gozun, hip-hop dancer Juan Paolo Lorenzo Escaño of the A-team, jazz contemporary dancer Marrion Jeremy Quiambao, singers Reydan Buenagua and Sassa Dagdag, visual artists Jojoy Zabala, Marilen Buan, Edu and Eric Perreras, sculpture art designers Dr. Vittorio “Vitt”Pantig and Arnel Garcia, culinary artist Heinz Pelayo and fashion stylists Clarence Benedict Ayuyao and Jefferson “Brit Tripudio” Cantor.
The following groups were also awarded: the Holy Angel University Chorale, Holy Angel University, Angeles-Pampanga Dance Athletes, ISCHAM and Susie’s Cuisine.
Kaantabe king Asikan
Pupul ning Banua was also the venue to present the Kaantabe king Asikan award, which recognizes artists who aren’t from Angeles, but have contributed immensely in the development of the arts in the city while cultivating in the youth the love and passion for arts and culture.
Resident director Antonio “Tony” Mabesa of Angeles University Foundation Repertory Theater was lauded as the Kaantabe king Asikan awardee.
The trophy for the awards night is designed by local artist Japs Viray.
Pupul ning Banua is the culmination of the city’s celebration of the National Arts Month. This is the second Pupul held.
For more information, contact 0977-377-1585 or visit ACTO’s Facebook page at facebook.com/AngelesCityTourismOffice. (ACTO with reports from Irish Reyes)