ANGELES CITY -- The local government here, through the Angeles City Tourism Office (Acto), held its first Deng Talasinup king Singsing Awards Night, a tribute to the keepers of heritage to the artists who have contributed their work and passion to the kapampangan culture.
“We are one in this endeavor because we believe that we will never fully appreciate and learn our identity without looking back to our past,” said Richard Daenos, Acto head.
He added that “Our past provides meaning and identity to the present and would inspire the future generations.”
The Singsing is a figure of speech pertaining to the intangible heritage of the city such as the traditional lantern making, folk dance, language and kulitan. The giving of recognition to the keepers of the heritage is a bold way to safeguard the practice, preservation and promotion of the nation’s rich intangible heritage.
"Deng Talasinup king Singsing is further proof that we are really living in another golden age for arts and culture, and that we achieved this golden age because of your efforts," said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.
The event aims also promotes the works and artistic value in appreciating the heritage and its beauty and relevance in life which the generation of today are unconsciously losing.
According to Peter De Vera, awardee for Kapampangan folk dances, “The most important aspect is to inspire the children and make them aware of the traditions for they are easily influenced by the foreign magnetism in the city,"
“This recognition is not for personal gain but the culture, especially kapampangan culture that as we know is the root of our identity which is the most significant in this award,” he added.
Michael Pangilinan, awardee for Kapampangan language and kulitan, said: “You are not a Kapampangan unless you speak Kapampangan, the language is a part of your identity. It’s funny if you call yourself a Kapampangan but do not know how to speak the language. Our inherited knowledge from our ancestors is encapsulated in the language from the stories, songs, writings and even our cooking is a part of language.”
The awardees of the "Deng Talasinup king Singsing" are experts and masters of the indigenous Kapampangan customs, beliefs, rituals, art forms and traditions of the community who maintains and nourish the age-old customs and traditions. It was inspired by the "Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan (National Living Treasures Award) by the Commission for culture and the arts. (PR)