A wide array of Angeles City’s culture, tradition and religion will be featured during this year’s “Fiestang Kuliat (Feast of the City)” during the whole month of October.
“Among the cultural programs that will be held include cultural nights, Serenata and Polosa, 182nd Naval De Angeles, mamyalung tamu (let’s play), pamangan fiestang Kapampangan (Feast of Kapampangan food) and Baguis (wings) street dance festival,” Angeles City Tourism Office (ACTO) Special Projects and Marketing Officer Rico Suarez said.
Cultural nights are two afternoons of cultural dance exhibitions by primary and secondary level students from private and public schools.
It will feature “Serenata and Polosa,” a romantic night under the stars featuring world-class entertainment by two Kapampangan orchestra in a musical face-off, the Battle of Brass Bands; “mamyalung tamu,” a Kapampangan version of Filipino-street games; “pamangan fiestang Kapampangan,” a fiesta buffet at the Culinary museum inside Museo ning Angeles which features the Kapampangan excellence in the culinary scene with a spread of the best Kapampangan food; and “Baguis street dance festival,” a day of parade and street dances featuring barangay, schools and organizations.
The feast will also include the “Mutya ning Angeles” Beauty Pageant, Feast of the Guardian Angels, “calesin (tribulary race),” the famous “Tigtigan Terakan King Dalan (TTKD),” and the first SM City Clark Pyrofest Competition.
The Feast of the Guardian Angel is a parade of at least four archangels of Angeles along the heritage district of the city which will start from the Holy Rosary Parish.
Calesin will showcase exciting traditional races of two-wheeled, horse-drawn carriages, featuring good-looking thoroughbreds and local breeds from all over Luzon.
TTKD is the Central Luzon’s biggest annual beer, food and music party that celebrates Angeles City’s triumph over the Mt. Pinatubo tragedy.
“It is seen that we are more focused in culture, tradition and religion because the true essence of a fiesta is the celebration of these three areas,” Suarez said.
Suarez said, “Fiestang Kuliat is an annual month-long fun and festivities during October. It serves as a thanksgiving celebration of the Angeleños to their patron saint of Culiat, Blessed Virgin Mary of Rosary".
“It is also a celebration of the local residents’ resiliency since the area was hit by Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991 and after the United States Military base in Clarkfield was withdrawn,” he added. (CLJD/JGB-PIA3)