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Festival dances highlight Pampanga Day opening
By Herbert P. Mapiles and Ian Ocampo Flora
Friday, December 7, 2012

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The Pampanga Provincial Government launched on Thursday its opening of the 441st Aldo Ning Kapampangan by bringing together the various festival dances in the province in one celebration of local history.

Dubbed as “Pamamupul” (Harvest) Festival, the event featured dances from Pampanga’s rich traditional ritual celebrations of Sasmuan’s Kuraldal to the local government-invented dance celebrations of recent times.

Governor Lilia Pineda said the event aimed at providing people with the opportunity to see festival dances in one celebration as part of the overall celebration of the province’s founding anniversary.

PAMPANGA. Dancers, wearing their colorful costumes, perform during the Pamamupul or Harvest Festival Grand Parade on Thursday. (Sun.Star Pampanga photo)

Provincial Tourism officer Arwin Lingat said the celebration was a “harvest” of the rich festival celebrations of the province, which are only staged once a year.

“People will now have a unique opportunity to see these dance celebrations in one event and they would no longer have to wait for almost a year just to see them,” Lingat said.

Lingat said this is first time the Provincial Government has brought together all festival traditions in the province under one celebration.

Various towns trooped to the Pampanga Provincial Capitol staging their signature festival dances...

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