Tigtigan Terakan Keng Dalan – Imagine a group of people covered in ash and sulfur, their homes partly or completely destroyed, their livelihood gone. Many of them even lost loved ones. Now imagine these same people a few months later, partying in the middle of the road from dusk till dawn, dancing and drinking, having the time of their lives. Some may call it delusion. Angeleños call it resiliency. After the devastation left by Mount Pinatubo in 1992, most Angeleños were in a state of despair. The city was virtually a ghost town. But then incumbent Mayor Ed Pamintuan, together with JCI Angeles Culiat, came up with the grand idea of organizing Tigtigan Terakan Keng Dalan (Music and Dancing in the Streets) to lift the spirits of the people and revitalize a struggling economy. A half-kilometer stretch of MacArthur highway along the Balibago District was closed down for the festivities. It was a monumental success. It was a declaration that despite unimaginable loss, these people will not merely survive, they will thrive.
Since then, Tigtigan Terakan Keng Dalan has become one of the biggest street parties in the country. The draw of great music, awesome dance shows, scrumptious food and genuine hospitality attract up to 60,000 people every year. It has become a staple in showcasing the irrepressible and fun-loving culture of Kapampangans. For a trip down memory lane, check out these posters from previous festivals
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