AC Tourism of­fice pro­motes Ka­pam­pan­gan among the youth

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AN­GE­LES CITY — High School stu­dents here in the city have pro­fi­ciently pitched their views and opin­ions in the re­cently con­cluded first Ka­pam­pan­gan Language High School De­bate coined as ‘Mate­nakang Anak ning Ama­nung Sisuan’(Young In­tel­lec­tu­als of the Ka­pam­pan­gan Language).

The two-day event held on Au­gust 24-25 at The New­point Mall here was spon­sored by the An­ge­les City Tourism Of­fice with an aim to pass down the Ka­pam­pan­gan language to the youth.

“Balamu ing ama­nung In­gles ya ing meg­ing amanu da reng bi­asa at ing ama­nung Ka­pam­pan­gan meg­ing amanu da reng mak­lak a bun­tuk. E ku ata tang­gap ita. Nung Ka­pam­pan­gan ka at tang­ga­pan muyta, malungkut ku para keka (It seems that the English has be­come the lan­guange of in­tel­li­gent per­sons and Ka­pam­pan­gan of stupid peo­ple. If you are a Ka­pam­pan­gan and you ac­cept that fact, I’m sad for you),” Talas­inup ning Sings­ing for Ka­pam­pan­gan language Mike Pangili­nan em­pha­sized.

On the elim­i­na­tion round, the par­tic­i­pat­ing de­baters from Rafael Lazatin Me­mo­rial High School (RLMHS), Che­va­lier School (CS), Boni­fa­cio Romero High School (BNHS), Holy An­gel Uni­ver­sity (HAU), and Fran­cisco G. Ne­po­mu­ceno Me­mo­rial High School (FGNMHS) were asked to stream­line their re­spec­tive tantu (propo­si­tions) and salangsang (op­po­si­tions) in ver­nac­u­lar.

The stu­dents were ranked by Komisy­ong ng WIkang Fili[ino- Ka­pam­pan­gan Com­mis­sioner Lu­cena Sam­son, ad­vo­cate and Uni­ver­sity of the As­sump­tion Li­brar­ian Roilin­gel Calilung, Singer/ Com­poser Cris Ca­di­ang, Te­galu­gan Se­ries of Videos on Lex­i­cal Bor­row­ing Pub­lisher Rey Ma­ni­ago and Don Hono­rio Ven­tura Tech­no­log­i­cal State Uni­ver­sity Her­itage Mu­seum Cu­ra­tor and HAU- Cen­ter for Ka­pam­pan­gan Stud­ies Con­sul­tant and Archivist Lord Fran­cis Musni based on balang­tayan (logic), pa­manapse (de­liv­ery), pa­ma­ni­ugid (in­ter­pel­la­tion) and talu­ing amanu (re­but­tal/ sure­but­tal).

The ar­gu­ments de­fended by the propo­si­tion­ing and op­pos­ing teams are Filipino iden­tity can only be ex­pressed by speak­ing Ta­ga­log and wear­ing Barong Ta­ga­log and not by speak­ing Ka­pam­pan­gan; Na­tion­al­ism can be ex­pressed in Ka­pam­pan­gan; and Ka­pam­pan­gan Language is a dy­ing language or vice versa.

As an ice breaker, Pangili­nan sparked a vo­cab­u­lary quiz to test the knowl­edge of the young au­di­ences and the win­ners were given prizes.

Singers Shane and Sheen, Alang Dios lead ac­tor Manuel Madrid, Poet Lau­re­ates Amado Hi­gante, Paul Batac and Sahra Del Mundo also per­formed on stage to en­ter­tain the spec­ta­tors and mall go­ers.

Dur­ing the award­ing cer­e­mony, FGNMHS was hailed as the Mate­nakang Anak ning Ama­nung Sisuan 2017 awardee bring­ing home the tro­phy with P 15,000 worth of cash prize and Che­va­lier School bagged the first place with P 10,000 cash award.

Aside from an­nounc­ing the Young In­tel­lec­tu­als of the Ka­pam­pan­gan language, Arnn Fides Can­las (Che­va­lier) and Joyce Ann Puno (FGNMHS) have been con­ferred with the Ari ning Bal­i­tak­takan (Best De­bater) and Su­pling ning Amanu (Best Speaker) tro­phies and P 3,000 each.

Present to show re­silient sup­port in pro­mot­ing the Ka­pam­pan­gan language among the youth is Her­minia Pam­intuan, wife of City Mayor Ed Pam­intuan and Com­mit­tee Head on Arts and Cul­ture Coun­cilor Amos Rivera.

Pam­intuan ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the de­bate Lakandiwa (chair­per­son) and host Ce­cile Yu­mul, New­point Mall Mar­ket­ing and Op­er­a­tions Man­ager Trixie Valdez, ACTO Head John Mon­tances, Her­itage, Cul­ture and Arts Man­age­ment Deputy Of­fi­cer Al­le­gria Cruz and the rest of the mem­bers of the work­ing com­mit­tee who have made the event a suc­cess.

The An­ge­les City gov­ern­ment through its Tourism Of­fice plans to hold sim­i­lar event yearly to pro­mote the Ka­pam­pan­gan language to the youth.

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