I am a proud Kapampangan. Obvious ba? Kaya I don’t understand why there are Kapampangans who do not know how to speak the dialect. Kapampangan ba sila nun? Sometime ago, in law school, I met this person who was born and lived in Pampanga all her life but she does not know how to speak the language daw. I asked her why and she told me that she’s not interested in learning the language. Que horror!!! She must be insane, I thought. The nerve of her! She must be hung, or the alien should be sent to Mindanao, or better yet in Afghanistan! I really find it illogical. Why? Because I was born in Manila, was raised there for some years, until my parents decided to bring us here in Pampanga. See? I spoke Tagalog when I was a child. But because I am a damn proud Kapampangan, I speak the dialect. Ang hirap kasi sa iba, pasosyal effect, pangit naman sila. Buti pa ko maganda without exerting any effort. Oops! Don’t raise your eyebrows. You might ask, “said who?” Sabi ng mga classmates and professors ko!Hahaha. Malabo na kasi mga mata nila.
As I was saying…
Finally, we have a Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies found at the Main Building, Holy Angel University, Angeles City. Anyone can visit the Center from Monday – Friday at 9 AM- 8 PM and Saturday at 9 AM – 5 PM.
Ooops. Sorry, the picture is a bit blurred. This is the Kapampangan Timeline, which gives you a sweep of history from the Stone Age to the bombing of the World Trade Center.
You will see below the miniature of the famous Bahay Kubo (Nipa Hut) showing its different sides.
Below are the artifacts from archaeological excavation in Porac, Pampanga which proves the existence of Kapampangan settlements (not Aetas) hundreds of years before the Spaniards came.
Now look at this…
How about the death masks of Ninoy Aquino and FPJ?
Here is Ninoy’s death mask…
and FPJ’s death mask…
Now let us take a look at the old books, magazines and other literary works.
E mu ku Tagkilan (Noli Me Tangere)
Hello, Macabebe Scouts. It was said that during the Spanish period, Kapampangans who allied themselves with the colonizers were always referred to as Macabebes, whether or not they came from the town by the bay. Kapampangans are dubbed with “dugong aso“. It simply means loyalty. The dog is ever loyal to his master. Even if this will cause its life. That is a good trait. However, sometime ago, I met this classmate from the north who thought that dugong aso meant being a traitor. Oh, Lord. They have a false sense of history. Hang their history teachers for not teaching their students well.
The retablo at the CKS
This is the equipment for reading microfilms. You can now trace your ancestors.
This is the spiral staircase
This is my favorite spot. I always choose this table.
Please click the link http://www.hau.edu.ph/kc/F_museum.php .