Guv to lead Pam­panga Day kick-off on Wed­nes­day

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY IAN OCAM PO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO — This year’s 446th Aldo Ning Ka­pam­pan­gan (Pam­panga Day) is set to be for­mally opened on Wed­nes­day by Gover­nor Lilia Pineda with events cen­ter­ing on Ka­pam­pan­gan tra­di­tions, food and cul­ture.

Gover­nor Pineda is ex­pected to lead the cel­e­bra­tions along with provin­cial gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

The Aldo Ning Ka­pam­pan­gan com­mem­o­rates the found­ing of Pam­panga as a prov­ince. Pam­panga, ac­cord­ing to his­tory, was the first prov­ince and the rich­est spoil cre­ated by the Spa­niards in 1571. It was named af­ter the In­dung Ka­pam­pan­gan River, the largest river in the for­mer em­pire.

An­cient Pam­panga’s ter­ri­to­rial area used to in­clude por­tions of the prov­inces of Bataan, Bu­la­can, Nueva Ecija, Pan­gasi­nan, Tar­lac and Zam­bales in the big Is­land of Lu­zon of the Philip­pine Archipelago. Pam­panga, one of the rich­est prov­inces in the Philip­pines, was re-or­ga­nized as a prov­ince by the Spa­niards on De­cem­ber 11, 1571.

Ev­ery year, the prov­ince hosts shows and events like food and trade fairs as well as cul­tural per­for­mances in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the prov­ince’s found­ing. One of the most an­tic­i­pated events is the coro­na­tion night of Mutya Ning Ka­pam­pan­gan where the most beau­ti­ful of the ladies from the Pam­panga’s dif­fer­ent towns are hon­ored.

On De­cem­ber 11, from 5:00 p.m. on­wards, the awardees of the Most Out­stand­ing Ka­pam­pan­gan awards will be for­mally pre­sented in a for­mal pro­gram at the Kings­bor­ough Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

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