Angeles City, hailed as the premier city in the region celebrated its 50th anniversary as a city. More than a celebration of its cityhood, it is also a testament to the tremendous resiliency of the Angeleños in facing adversities and challenges, while at the same time striving to head towards progress and development. Today, in its golden year as a city, Angeles City stands tall and proud with the richness of its culture, diversity of its people, a hub for business and tourism, and the fast-paced overall progress of the city headed by its Mayor, Edgardo Pamintuan. As expected, the 50th celebration dubbed as “AC50: Limampulung Banua, Gintung Mana” was marked by a series of grand events with activities reminiscent of the past and at the same hailing the vast improvement of the city that made it a first-class, highly urbanized city.
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Fifty Days before the 50th Year
Hundreds of Angeleños joined the kick-off activity held in front of the Angeles City Library and Information Center with several skaters, BMX riders, kite flyers, cosplayers, and street performers participating in the event. “Today, we remember how Angeles treasures its cityhood; how Angeles triumphs over adversity; and how Angeles soars into much greater heights towards progress and development,” the mayor said. The event also showcased the fifteen official candidates of “Mutya ning Angeles Gold”. The program ended with flash mob filling out the streets, dancing to different songs with the hit song “Gold” as the finale.
The Grand History-Themed Float Parade
A total of 17 awe-inspiring massive floats that unfold the history of our city paraded in the streets of Angeles. These were designed and conceptualized by artist Nikki Reyes and historian Dan Dizon. Some of the scenes were the founding and clearing of barrio Culiat, the first celebration of Independence Day in the city, the Mount Pinatubo eruption and its aftermath, the Tigtigan, Terakan, king Dalan and the “new” Angeles City. “As we celebrate Angeles’ golden anniversary, the float parade will remind us of our city’s illustrious past, our traditions, and culture of the Angeleños,” the mayor shared. The float parade clearly showed the story of our people and how the city laden with tragedies emerged triumphant.
Angeles City’s Outstanding Angeleños
They say that more than the progress and development of a city, its people will remain its foremost pride and honor. And brimming with this is Angeles City – a home to a number of talented and outstanding individuals who go beyond their duty and what is expected of them that then contributed to our city’s transformation. The “PAMANA: Pagmaragul at Matenakang Anak ning Angeles” is first of its kind that gave recognition to the sons and daughters of Angeles City who brought honor to their fellow Angeleños and significantly brought about positive changes in our city. The city government chose fifty outstanding Angeleños during its first Pamana Awards held at the Grand Palazzo Royale. The awards were based on the achievements and accomplishments in various field of endeavours ranging from government service, arts and culture, medicine, journalism, sports, community service, and more. Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said that throughout the city’s history, there are certainly more than 50 outstanding Angeleños.
“We can never count the Angeleños, even if they are nameless and even if they are less privileged, who contributed in their own way in the development of our city,” he stressed.
The mayor also assured that in due time the committee will look at the city’s other distinguished citizens and shall salute and commemorate them as well. All awardees have undergone stringent selection by a committee headed by Mayor EdPam as chairman, and Marc Nepomuceno as vice-chairman. Members were: Councilor Jericho Aguas, Renato ‘Abong’ Tayag, Josie Henson, Dr. Marietta Gaddi, Dr. Archimedes David and Peter Alagos. Posthumous awards were also given to the people who were instrumental in the conversion of Angeles into a city.