Tarlac celebrates 149th founding anniversary

Tarlac celebrated on May 28 its 149th foundation anniversary, known as Araw ng Lalawigan ng Tarlac, highlighted with activities promoting the culture, the native products and the different tourist spots of the province and the launch of the countdown for next year’s 150th celebration.

The three-day celebration, which started on May 27, featured a trade, agricultural and job fair, a flag ceremony commemorating the National Flag Day, a Holy Mass, a press conference, the launching of provincial dish “Bagis”, marching bands, cultural and variety shows, the launching of the countdown clock for the 150th foundation anniversary, fireworks display and the Tarlac Enduro Attack.

In a statement, Governor Susan Yap said Tarlac has a very colorful history worth to be celebrated.

“Tarlac is recognized as one of the rays of the sun that fought for the country’s freedom. It was once the cradle of the revolutionary government against the Spanish and Japanese invaders…it is also the cradle of great Filipinos,” she stated.

Yap furthered: “Today, we are in the midst of economic boom. We now have the Clark City, scenic tourist spots, great food and a diverse culture. We are also looking forward to our 150th founding anniversary next year.”

Home of famous Filipinos

Tarlac was founded on May 28, 1873 when municipalities from the provinces of Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Zambales and Pampanga were joined together, therefore making Tarlac a multi-cultural province composed of Pangasinenses, Ilocanos, Tagalogs, Kapampangans, Muslims, Filipino-Chinese and the indigenous Aetas.

Tarlac is also the home province of several notable Filipinos in the persons of former Ambassador and Tarlac Governor Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, Jr., former Senator and Tarlac Governor Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr., former Presidents Cory and Noynoy Aquino, former United Nations Secretary-General Carlos P. Romulo and Tarlac political icon Jose “Aping” Yap, to name a few.

Partnership with NCCA and CCP

This year’s celebration likewise marked the partnership of the provincial government of Tarlac with the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

This, as CCP President Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso committed to help develop Tarlac’s arts and culture through educational activities.

Lizaso ensured said commitment during his meeting with Governor Yap recently, in connection with CCP’s participation in the festivities to celebrate the 150th founding anniversary of Tarlac province.

The CCP chief also pledged to help develop arts in Tarlac through the Outreach Program of the Office of the CCP President apart from bringing CCP’s resident companies to the province for free public performances.

He said that his office is willing to undertake a myriad of educational activities to help develop and nurture the homegrown talents and artistry of Tarlaquenos.

As part of the year-long celebration of Tarlac’s anniversary, Lizaso offered to Yap an outreach educational program that would further develop artists in the province, including visits from national artists to give master classes in the visual, as well as performing arts.

Lizaso mentioned the possibility of PPO members giving training workshops in instrumental playing. He likewise broached the idea of holding a series of seminar on Filipino heroes and other enlightening topics related to Philippine history that will be handled by prominent historians and history professors.

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