Welcome to Angeles City!
Angeles City is an emerging tourism destination in Central Luzon. Situated in the province of Pampanga, long considered as the gourmet capital of the Philippines, Angeles City is a melting pot of cultures, a center for world-class entertainment, and an emerging cosmopolitan mix of heritage, history, and tourism attractions for visitors of all ages.
National Arts Month
Catch in February at the Museo Ning Angeles the month long National Arts Festival. This free event brings together Kapampangan creatives from all disciplines and encourages active involvement by showcasing their talent to the community. By promoting Kapampangan creativity, the month long activities aim to bring art to the masses, inspire the youth to appreciate art, culture and their heritage and at the same time initiate sources of livelihood for local artists.
Panata at Panalangin
Observe the Holy Week with Panata at Panalangin, soul-stirring live performances offering glimpses of the Filipino Catholic faith and sacrifices through a fusion of visual arts, music, drama and dance. Incorporated in these performances are the iconic symbols of Lent – Pasyon (chant), Pangadi (prayer), Palaspas (Palm Sunday), Flagellants, Crown of Thorns, Good Friday and Crucifixion, the silence of Black Saturday, and Easter Feast (Resurrection).
Philippines’ First Independence Day Celebration
Witness the re-enactment of the first Independence Day celebration at the old Pamintuan residence every June 12th. In 1899, a year after the formal declaration of independence from Spanish colonial rule, then President Emilio Aguinaldo moved the seat of the First Philippine Republic to Angeles City due to the Filipino-American War. A passionate re-enactment of the first and only Independence Day anniversary is held annually at Angeles complete with the original speech of Aguinaldo (translated into Filipino).
Every October Angeles City observes three fiestas. Fiesta de los Santos Angeles Custodios is celebrated every October 2nd with a solemn procession of the seven archangels and the Holy Guardian Angel together with little children in angels costumes.
The Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval is held every second Sunday of the month in commemoration of the Virgin of the Holy Rosary, whose intercession saw the victory of the Spanish fleet over the Dutch invaders.
Fiesta ning Apung Mamacalulu or the Feast of Our Lord of Mercy is observed every last Friday of October. Devotees all over Pampanga flock to the Apu Shrine every Friday to venerate the miraculous image of Jesus Christ lying in the Sepulcher. On the same day, the surrounding vicinity transfroms into a flea market where bargain hunters scour the makeshift stalls for the best finds – from clothing, household items to hi-tech gadgets.
Do the Bagius Dance along with hundreds of street performers in iconic, phoenix bird costumes as they welcome the sunrise to commemorate Angeles City’s rise from the ashes of Mt Pinatubo.
Cap the October fiesta month with Tigtigan Terakan Keng Dalan – the city’s biggest street party that lasts until the break of dawn. Held every year on the last Friday and Saturday nights of October, this event which means music and dancing in the street, was conceptualized in 1991 by then Vice Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and his co-advocates to uplift the sagging spirits of Angelenos. Today this event lives on to commemorate the Angeleno resilience and celebration of life after the tragedy of Mt. Pinatubo eruption.
Lubenas ning Pascu
Behold the origins of the Philippines’ Giant Christmas Lantern Festival with Lubenas ning Pascu. This Christmas lantern procession which dates back in the early 1800s, is now observed in only a few towns in Pampanga. The solemn parade witnessed along the city’s heritage district and downtown ithoroughfares is marked by a procession called limbun.
Limbun has two rows of lanterns mounted on bamboo poles accompany the andas (a carroza or shoulder-borne wheeled carriage bearing the santo, the patron saint’s image).
The lanterns, six of them on each row, are carried by boys or men. At the head of the procession is a lantern in the shape of a cross. Behind it is another lantern in the shape of fish with moving fins, mouth and tail. The fish symbolizes prosperity. A dove may be offered for peace, or a lamb for sacrifice.
Right behind the santo is a solitary lantern that is larger than the rest. This is the lantern in competition.
Trailing behind is the local choir singing solemnly, accompanied by a guitar or banduria, drum beats, or a marching band. This tradition evolved into Pampanga’s world renowned Giant Christmas Lantern Festival.