ANGELES CITY – Opposition Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. has expressed gratitude to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan for continuing to hold the Sisig Fest, a signature festival of the city first launched in 2003 during the term of then Mayor Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin.
During the meeting conducted by the Angeles City Tourism Office (ACTO) at the Office of the Mayor, Lazatin vowed to support the Sisig Fiesta scheduled on April 29.
“Since this is a pet project of my father, Mayor Lazatin, I am assuring Mayor Pamintuan and the City Tourism Office that you have my support,” Lazatin said.
ACTO is the main organizer of this year’s Sisig Fiesta, which is in line with the Department of Tourism’s Flavors of the Philippines campaign.
“It will be a one day event. About 3,000 guests are expected to attend,” John Montances, ACTO chief, said in his communication sent to Lazatin.
Lazatin said he will volunteer as member of the organizing committee and will support any financial back up the program needs.
The first Sisig Festival was held in May 2003 in Balibago service road. It featured a giant sisig plate where 600 kilos of sisig was prepared.
On the following year, former Mayor Tarzan Lazatin held a bigger Sisig Festival at the Nepo Quadrangle with 2,400 kilos of sisig cooked in a giant sisig plate.
In 2005 and 2006, Lazatin featured 176 and 177 ways to cook sisig.
Lazatin has also tried four times to vie for Guiness Book of World Records for largest sisig plate and most number of sisig cooked but failed.
Lazatin, also on several sisig festivals, honored the sisig queen Aling Lucing Cunanan, who popularized sisig in her stall in the famous, Crossing in Barangay Agapito Del Rosario Angeles City.
Meanwhile, the city government Angeles has proclaimed “Sizzling Sisig” as an intangible Cultural Heritage of the city.
The 17th Sangguniang Panlungsod chaired by Vice Mayor Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno unanimously approved, in its final reading, Ordinance No. 405, Series of 2017, stating “Sisig Babi as an Intangible Heritage of Angeles”.
The ordinance authored by Councilor Amos Rivera contains programs and policies that will safeguard the original recipe and preparation of the pork dish.
The ordinance also cited the significance of Sisig as part of Kapampangan culinary history.
A historical account detailed in the ordinance indicates that the word sisig was already part of Kapampangan vocabulary as early as 1732, based on Fray Diego Bergano’s Vocabulario de la Lengua Pampanga.
It is widely believed that it was in Angeles City where Sisig was first served as “pulutan” (beer match), and that it has become an enduring and ever-growing industry in the city.
The ordinance also seeks to promote “Sizzling Sisig” as a tourist attraction and preserve its authentic form and manner of preparation. It also provides for the mounting of an Annual Sisig Festival/Sisig Fiesta in the city every last week of April.
The festival, on the other hand, aims to showcase the unique intangible cultural heritage which shall involve school-based and community-based makers of “Sizzling Sisig”.
In line with this, the Angeles City Tourism Office (ACTO) is planning to vie in this year’s UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy to further the city’s claim of being the culinary center of the region.