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Kapampangans in L.A. celebrate Pampanga’s Foundation Day

Kapampangans and friends will celebrate the 439th Foundation Day of the Province of Pampanga on December 11, 2010 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California.

Pampanga was among the earliest settlements of the Spaniards because of its proximity to the City of Manila.  One of its cities, Angeles City, was the site of the first Philippine Independence Day celebration after General Emilio Aguinaldo’s proclamation in Kawit, Cavite.

This fourth year celebration gives another chance for Kapampangans and devotees to join the public in praying the Rosary honoring the Virgen de los Remedios, Patroness of Pampanga. Manangs and prayer leaders from Pampanga and other prayer communities are invited to join the praying of  the Rosary in native Kapampangan.

A concelebrated mass by Fr. Rodel Balagtas, Pastor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church will follow the floral offerings to the Virgen de los Remedios. Mrs. Nymia Cucueco will serve as the hermana-mayor in charge of the Rosary and the mass participants.  Over-all coordinator of the church activities is Mr. Vidal Aguas.

The courtyard of the Church will be decorated with “parols” which give Pampanga the additional monicker “Parol” capital of the Philippines for its Christmas lantern designs from basic to the most sophisticated and computerized lightings.  Lately, the town of Candaba, known for its fishing grounds and watermelons earned for the province the additional title Tilapia Capital of the Philippines.

Until today, Pampanga is known as the culinary art capital of the Philippines. The province is known for its mouth-watering food entrees, among them betute, tucino, burung Asan at talangka, boboto (tamales) and “sisig” which is the favorite among the Kapampangans’ “lutong-bahay” of former President Ferdinand Marcos.  Press record showed the former president will not pass Angeles City without first stopping to his favorite “sisig” stop.

Celebrated worldwide by Kapampangans and related organizations, the Los Angeles celebration will be highlighted by cultural programs, culinary arts and display of “parols” (Christmas lanterns).  There will be a serving of Kapampangan-style foods and mini entertainment program.  Raffle will be held on the same day and on-the-spot holders of winning stubs will be given the prizes during the celebration.  Invited choir ensemble will sing Christmas Carols and serenade the guests and attendees during the day.

This year’s celebration is led by Rodel and Shirley Lumanog, Josie Borja- Phillips, Mike and Nymia Cucueco, Ruby Beth Paguinto and Larry “Placer” Pelayo. (LGPelayo)

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