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The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment gave out prizes for the par­tic­i­pants. The Best Head­dress award went to San Si­mon town while Best Cos­tume went to the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Guagua. The third place award went to the City of San Fer­nando for its Parul Fes­ti­val, sec­ond place went to San Si­mon for its Sun, Sea, Moon Fes­ti­val while the first place went to Guagua town for its Dukit Fes­ti­val. Florid­ablanca was hailed as this year’s fes­ti­val dance cham­pion for its San Jose Fes­ti­val.

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.

For gov­ern­men­tal con­trol and tax­a­tion pur­poses, the Span­ish author­i­ties sub­di­vided Pam­panga into towns (pueb­los), which were fur­ther sub­di­vided into dis­tricts (bar­rios) and in some cases into royal and pri­vate es­tates (en­comien­das).

On De­cem­ber 10 will be the corona­tion night of Mutya Ning Ka­pam­pan­gan. 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.

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, which in­clude Cand­aba (Ibon-Ebun Fes­ti­val), Ma­bal­a­cat (Cara­gan Fes­ti­val), Lubao (Sam­pa­guita Fes­ti­val), Mex­ico (San Ni­co­las Fes­ti­val), Po­rac (Bin­ulo Fes­ti­val), An­ge­les City (Bag­ius Fes­ti­val), , Ba­color (Makat­a­pak Fes­ti­val), Arayat (Manga Fes­ti­val), and Sas­muan (Ku­ral­dal).

Of the said cel­e­bra­tions, Ku­ral­dal is con­sid­ered as the old­est with the rest as re­cent in­ven­tions for tourism at­trac­tions.

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