ANGELES CITY- A sundry of solemn activities and events are set to happen in this highly-urbanized city for the observance of the Lenten Season.
“This is the best time for us to reflect and remember the sacrifices that Christ has done for us. Out of town vacations are great but let us also take time to solemnly observe Lent as a manifestation of our faith ,”said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.
Kicking off this year’s observance is Holy Rosary Parish Church’s (HRPC) Living Stations of the Cross which is set to take place at the Plaza Angel, 6:30pm.
On Palm Sunday (April 9), HRPC will stage the Re-enactment of the Triumphant Entry of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem , 4:00am at the Apung Mamacalulu Shrine.
The 6th installment of Sinukwan Kapampangan’s “Panata at Panalangin: A Spiritual Journey through Culture and Arts” is set to happen on April 10 and 15, 6:00pm at the MarQuee Mall Park. The Lenten presentation, which features the religious practices of the Kapampangans through a mixed-media art and dance performance, will be directed by Angeleño artisan Peter de Vera.
Also on the 10th to 15th, a dramatic take on “Kalbaryo ng Bayan” will be showcased by Teatro Angeleño at Estacion de Angeles (PNR) People’s Park, 4:00pm.
On the 11th, HRPC will hold a “Cumpisalan ning Balen” from 8:00am to 12:30pm to be followed by a regular mass at 5:30pm, and a recollection at 6:30pm.
Sinukwan Kapampangan is also set to restage “Ing Ritwal Ning Banal a Panata” on April 11, 7:00pm at the Plaza Angel, Sto. Rosario Heritage District, which highlights the traditional rituals and practices of Pampanga folks during lent.
HRPC’s “Ing Dalan Ning Cruz” (Pipaglimbunan) will be held on the 12th of April (Holy Wednesday) at 4:00am. Regular mass and recollection will follow.
Also on the 12th, Mike Pangilinan will be facilitating a lecture on “Pamandarame” happening 9:00am at the Angeles City Library and Information Center. On the same day, Barangay Tabun will be having its annual community-wide gathering and fellowship through “Apunan ning Pamisanmetung” at 6:00pm.
On Maundy Thursday, HRPC will hold the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 5:30pm which will coincide with the city’s most anticipated “Siete Palabras” or Christ’s “Seven Last Words” in Lourdes Northwest (LNW) with the Re-enactment of the Last Supper, 6:00 pm at Arevalo Basketball Court.
On Good Friday (April 14), the dramatic continuation of Siete Palabras with the Re-enactment of the Crucifixion and Death of Christ, will be staged 12:00 noon at the LNW Golgotha. “Siete Palabras” will feature the creative direction of Jason Pabalan with characters from Uyat Artista and residents of LNW.
Also happening on the 14th is HRPC’s Veneration of the Cross at 3:00pm which will be followed by the traditional Good Friday procession. The Veneration of Apu, on the other hand, will take place at 10:00pm.
The HRPC Easter Vigil will take place on the 15th (Holy Saturday) at 8:00pm, to be followed by the “Salubong” at the Nepo Grounds at 10:00pm.
On April 16 (Easter Sunday), regular Sunday Mass (except for the 5:00am Mass) is scheduled by the HRPC.
Capping this year’s Lenten observance is Arti Sta. Rita’s Lenten zarzuela entitled “Tulauk” to be directed by Kapampangan artist Andy Alviz, on April 16, 6:00pm at the Nepo Park.
“These events will help each and every Angeleños, tourists and pilgrims alike, to reflect and pray not only for themselves, but also for the betterment of their fellow and of the country,” said Mayor Pamintuan.
On the other hand, Acting Mayor Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno issued EO No. 12, suspending work in all offices of the city government on April 12, Holy Wednesday, in anticipation of massive vehicular and pedestrian traffic in major road networks in and around the city due to the influx of tourists to visit and witness the city's Holy Week activities.
However, personnel involved in traffic enforcement and management, health and emergency services, and disaster relief and operations are required to report to their respective offices.
Meanwhile, suspension of work in private companies and offices shall be at the discretion of their respective employers.
For more information about Siete Palabras, Tulauk and Panata at Panalangin, citizens may contact the Angeles City Tourism Office (ACTO) at 0977-377-1585 or visit ACTO’s Facebook page at fb.com/AngelesCityTourismOffice.
(AC-CIO with reports from Mary Joy Banal and Jerryfe Maika Guiao)