After spearheading the transformation of the two-kilometer PNR railway in Angeles City, the local government launched a series of Christmas themed presentations dubbed as “Pasku Ning Riles” from November 14 to December 22, 2014.
In a press statement, Angeles City mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said that the renovation of the train station turned park enabled the government to host different events like the concerts held just in time for the holiday season.
Dr. Richard Daenos, head of the Angeles City Tourism Office seconded the mayor. “With the local government making pocket parks that are functional, what better way to kick-off its use other than to have musical extravaganza featuring our local talents and artists?”
“With this concert series, we are also seeing the active participation of the community as the performances in the series are not only limited to schools. Professional performing arts and organization will also be joining us.,” said mayor Pamintuan.
The local performance group Sinukwang Kapampangan staged the performance “Buena-Garcia Angeles” for grand launch of the Christmas concert series on November 14.
The events that followed were from Parnasung Kapampangan that showcased traditional Kapampangan songs while the Systems Plus College Performing Arts took the stage last November 29.
The winners of the 2014 Baguis: Ligligang Pangkultura and 2014 World Championship of Performing Arts performed last December 5 in an event entitled “MUSICArolling” which was followed by the City College of Angeles Performing Arts last December 13.
The Uyat Artista staged their drama “Panunuluyan” last December 19 while the Holy Angel University Performing Arts also took the center stage last December 20. On December 21, Teatro Angeleno showcased their drama “May Hiwaga Ang Pasko” and for the finale, the Angeles University Foundation’s Symphonic Band performed as the grand finale for the Christmas concert series.
Besides the concert series at the PNR train station, Angeles City also hosted other events for Christmas at the newly established Plaza Angel at the City’s heritage district which included
“Lubenas ning Pasko” (a traditional parade of parols) and a Christmas Serenata that featured Kapampangan brass bands.