Saturday, July 2, 2011

Angelenos celebrate Triumph over Tragedy

Angeles City Government headed by Mayor Ed Pamintuan with SM City Clark’s heads during the Phoenix replica unveiling

Mayor Ed Pamintuan presenting the coffee table book to SM Supermalls’ Asst. Vice President for Operations, Mr Juancho F. Sibal.

Pinatubo product made of ashes- a variety of product from volcanic debris

Agyu Tamu: Turning tragedy into triumph," was the tagline used in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of Mt. Pinatubo at SM City Clark last June 15, 2011. The event is in colloboration with the   Angeles City Government, headed by their esteemed Mayor Ed Pamintuan, the Mediamen of Pampanga and SM City Clark.

Mayor Ed Pamintuan takes Central Luzon Police Director C/Supt Diony Ventura at the banks of Abacan River during lahar flow. 

Abacan –Commuters make their way across the river via bamboo bridge as onlookers perched themselves atop what remains of Abacan Bridge.

The highlights of the event were the photo exhibit, prepared by the premiere photo journalists and photographers of the province, the unveiling of the Phoenix replica( the bird which victoriously rose from the ashes of destruction) and the launching of the commemorative book which recounts the past events of the devastation and displaying how the spirit of the Angelenos blossomed and triumphed. The creative team of the book include the respected Mediamen of Pampanga, Bong Lacson,  Peter Alagos and Abelardo Punzalan, editor/writer, photo editor and design editor respectively.

Corresponding opportunity in carabao-drawn carts transporting commuters across the shallows of the Abacan River for a fee, in the toll foot bridges.

The guests  who attended the event consisted of prominent figures in politics, the academe and the business sector of where Mayor Pamintuan, Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting, Mrs. Herminia Pamintuan   Ms. Erlinda Pamintuan,   Director Ronnie Tiotuico of the Department of Tourism, Also in the said occasion were Angeles City Councilers Jericho Aguas, Edu Pamintuan and Dan Lacson ,City Information Office head Mr. Archimedes Reyes, Mr. Jay Pelayo with event's hosts Ms. Arlyn Lucban and Mr. Deo Sambilay.

Kargahan- A woman being carried by what they once called “padyero”, name taken from famous 4x4 vehicle.

Mount Pinatubo eruption on 1991 is said to be one of the greatest disasters in world history, beating that of the historical Mount Vesuvius of Rome on AD 79. The succeeding eruptions of Pinatubo in the country has made massive attacks on several regions, most particularly the Central Luzon. It took two decades for Pampanga in particular to recover into having a strong city which is the Angeles City now.  

All in a days work, it was a great test of resiliency for the Kapampangans.