ANGELES CITY- A total of sixteen (16) performing arts groups and artists organizations from across this highly-urbanized city have converged for a night of religious dance spectacle as Sinukwan Kapampangan (SiKap) opens the staging of this year’s Panata at Panalangin to the community.
During the kick-off performance held Monday at the MarQuee Mall open grounds, SiKap Artistic Director Peter De Vera said that the inclusion of various performing artists manifests the commitment of SiKap to share the performers’ “panata” experience to other artist groups.
“We have been holding this event for quite a long time already. We believe that this will be more meaningful if we can encourage other groups to practice the same. It is not just a performance to entertain but an Evangelization through dance,” De Vera said who is also Angeles City’s 2016 Talasinup king Singsing (Keepers of Heritage) awardee.
The 40-minute dance drama depicts the holy and pious practices of the Kapampangans during Holy Week which begins with ‘Ash Wednesday’. The performance climaxed with the Crucifixion and Death of Christ and ends with His glorious resurrection with ‘Salubong’.
Tourism Officer John Montances said that Panata at Panalangin offers the people of the city and religious pilgrims an alternative and ‘bloodless’ way of observing Holy Week.
Originally dubbed as a “Spiritual Journey through Culture and the Arts”, SiKap has developed the annual dance drama as a “healing performance” as prayers and petitions for the healing of the sick are being offered prior to the show.
Aside from the performance, the event was also highlighted by the lighting of the 14 Stations of the Cross which exhibited sacred relics from Jerusalem embellished with a renowned “pinukpok”, a Kapampangan metal craft. Each stations were lighted by guests from the government, tourism, entertainment, corporate, and socio-civic sector.
Also, the performers graced their moves with a new original soundtrack composed and arranged by 2017 Pupul Ning Banua awardee for Music, Jake Abella of Private Hobby Studio.
For his part, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan congratulated the performers and the production team behind the sought-after Lenten special.
“This year’s presentation has indeed projected an array of Kapampangan folk traditions during Holy Week. With the advent of technology, our support to this ‘healing performance’ is part of our advocacy to give priority in promoting our beautiful and fascinating culture,” said Mayor Pamintuan.
Meanwhile, the group is scheduled for another performance on April 20, 2019 (Black Saturday), 6:00pm at the MarQuee Mall open grounds.
This is the 8th-year staging of Panata at Panalangin. With close to 50 performing artists included in the dance drama, this year’s edition is considered as the biggest Panata at Panalangin to date.