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Pineda joins Apalit’s Apung Iru festival

Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda graced the 178th Apung Iru fluvial festival in Apalit town on Tuesday.

“Happy fiesta po, mga taga-Apalit! Nandito po kami’t nakikisaya sa inyo. For the last two years, wala po tayong ganito due to COVID-19,” the governor said in a Punto Central Luzon report.

“Ngayon, kitang-kita natin ang saya ng mga tao,” Pineda said.

Angelina Blanco, provincial disaster risk reduction and management officer, said in the Punto report that two teams with well-trained rescuers were deployed to monitor and keep the safety of the parade’s participants.

“Yearly po natin ito ginagawa para ingatan ang mga nakikilahok dito sa fluvial parade na ginaganap taun-taon dito sa bayan ng Apalit,” said Blanco.

Apalit Mayor Jun Tetangco, who took his oath before Pineda during the parade, said that the celebration is to give thanks to Apung Iru, who is known to be the bringer of bountiful blessings to the people of Apalit.

“Sobrang lalim ng faith ng mga taga-Apalit kay Apung Iru. Ang masasabi namin ay lahat ng ipinagdarasal namin ay kanyang ibinibigay,” the mayor said.

The Apung Iru fluvial procession is the most widely recognized religious procession in the province of Pampanga. It is considered the Kapampangan equivalent of the Black Nazarene procession of Quiapo.