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All year through, many special events are happening in Tarlac, like:
Tarlac, known as the “Belen Capital of the Philippines” holds the annual “Belenismo sa Tarlac”. It is a belen making contest which is participated by establishments and residents in Tarlac. Giant versions of the belen with different themes are displayed in front of the establishments and roads of Tarlac for the rest of the Christmas season. – flickr.com
The Malatarlak Festival takes its name from the a variety of grass that is native to the Luzon area. The plant is celebrated with sumptuous pageantry that’s characterized by schoolchildren dressed in grass-inspired costumes, who dance to the beat of traditional music. The Rice Cake Festival falls on the same day. Tarlac City’s annual Malatarlak Festival takes over the city during this fun and lively celebration that has a packed program of events and activities for visitors of all ages.
The week-long event begins with an opening ceremony, trade fair, food and drink stalls and live musical and dance entertainment. Additional events include numerous sport competitions, cooking demonstrations, markets, dance competitions and other live entertainment shows. The final day is concluded with a grand procession and a fireworks display.January 13 – 20, 2012 – kadmusarts.com
Aeta Forest Food Festival
A couple of weeks ago, I found myself again in a community in Capas, Tarlac to witness an Aeta Youth Festival. Last year, I went there for the First Aeta Forest Food Festival, an event which highlighted the traditional food.
This time, the event dubbed “Pamilalamu” (the Aeta word for “pakikisama” or solidarity), organized by Kabalikat sa Kaunlaran ng mga Ayta, Inc. (KAKAI), focused on celebrating the culture of the Aetas and empowering the youth. The festival aimed to remind the younger generation of Aetas about their cultural practices and traditions, including rituals, crafts, songs, dances and folk games
The festival was held in Sitio Alunan, a community in the middle of the mountains of Capas, Tarlac. To get there, a handful of photographers and volunteers traveled by bus from Manila to Tarlac, transferred to a tricycle, then hitched on the back of a trailer pulled by a 4×4 jeep up to the mountains. traveling-up.com
Kuran Queen Festival
The annual beauty pageant popularly known as the “Mutya ng Lalawigang Tarlac” that showcases the beauty and talent of a Tarlaquena will have its coronation night on May 24 at the historic Maria Cristina Park.
Activities lined-up for this year’s beauty and talent competition will be the pictorial and press presentation at the Jose V. Yap Sports and Recreational Complex on May 6; selection of the Miss SM City Tarlac, May Flower Festival and the Grand Santa Cruzan on May 15; Talent Showcase competition at the My Metrotown Mall on May 19 and the pageant night that will crown the Kuran Queen and her court. visit-tarlac.com
Melting Pot Festival
TARLAC City — Dubbed “Sigla’t-Saya, Sama-Sama Kahit Magkakaiba,” the city government of Tarlac, through the City Tourism Office, will hold the first “Melting Pot Festival” starting on Sunday, Mayor Ace Manalang said. This year, the city government decided to change the title of the festivities from “Malatarlak and Balik-Sigla” to “Melting Pot Festival” to emphasize that although the city is composed of people having different culture and origin, still it can work harmoniously and will turn the impossible into achievable. The festival will commence with a “Misa ng Pagkakaisa” at San Sebastial Cathedral to be followed by showcasing numerous arrays of merry-making activities like trade fair and food festival at the Ninoy Aquino Plaza followed at night by a fireworks display to signal the start of the event. An additional feature of the fiesta is the “1st Penakbet Cooking Contest” to be held at second floor of SM City. Participants will show different ways of cooking penakbet, an Ilocano dish, composed of a mixture of vegetables and fish bagoong in a “palayok” (pot). Among the activities lined up are Miss Tarlac City Beauty Pageant, 1st Melting Pot Festival Grand Parade of Miss Tarlac City 2012 to be joined by movie and television stars, float competition, Adessa Paligsawit 2012, Piesta Pancitan, amateur boxing competition, street-dancing contest for elementary and high school students, balikbayan night, grand ballroom dancing and grand aerial fireworks display on the final night. Tarlac City became popularly known as Melting Pot of the Philippines started by two leaders from Bacolor, Pampanga which were eventually joined by other settlers from Zambales, Bataan, Pangasinan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija and other parts of the country. “This unique quality of the Tarlaqueños is what we need to preserve and practice because by virtue and solidarity, we can move farther towards reaching common goal,” Manalang stressed. – journal.com.ph
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