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Governor Pineda Recites Own Poem in Kapampangan Program

Five Kapampangan writers were crowned Saturday as poets laureate of Pampanga, with no less than Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda and Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo standing as witnesses.

The event, held at the Holy Angel University Theatre, was the highlight of the program called Aldo ning Amanung Sisuan.

Renato Alzadon, the Ari ning Parnaso or king of Kapampangan poets, and Romeo Rodriguez, the Prinsipe ning Parnaso or prince of Kapampangan poets, put golden laurel crowns on each of the poets, who knelt and bowed their heads as Gov. Pineda and Rep. Arroyo look on.

The new poets laureate are: Ma. Teresa Magtuloy-Evangelista of Sasmuan, Ma. Teresa Sanchez-Tolosa of the City of San Fernando, Adora Gigante Ferrer of Angeles City, Gaudencio M. Sagum of Candaba and Bernardo Z. Aguirre (a.k.a. Anac ning Arenas) of Arayat.

Aguirre, who is based in Australia, was represented by a relative.

With their coronation, the new poets laureate join other similarly titled Kapampangan writers in an exclusive group called Kolehiyo da ring Poeta Laureado, headed by Alzadon.

In her speech, Gov. Pineda exhorted the audience to be proud of their language and culture.

Speaking in Kapampangan, Gov. Pineda also recited a poem entitled “Pampanga Kung Pakamalan” which she said she composed herself and which she would like to offer to her province mates:

Probinsya kung beitan/Mipnung lugud kung tatangalan/Keka kakung ibie ngan/Serbisyu ku’t karangalan;

Ing kakung kapasalamatan/King Ginung minie at miglalang/King pusu ku maglapo/Uling keya yang pigkaluban/Dakal a bendisyun at kalam/Iting pakamalan kung lalawigan;

Anya ngeni Kapampangan/Mitmung tula at sikanan/King mabilug a yatu/Kekang igulisak/Memalen ku Pampanga/At metung a tune Kapampangan.

Earlier, Gov. Pineda and Rep. Arroyo toured the museum of the Center for Kapampangan Studies, with Center Director Robby Tantingco and Center consultant Lord Francis Musni providing annotation.

Mayor Ed Pamintuan of Angeles City and Mayor Jomar Hizon of Bacolor, as well as Board Members Monina Laus and Trina Dizon, joined Gov. Pineda and Rep. Arroyo in the tour as well as in the program.

Date Posted: 08-27-2010