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Title: Apung Iru Fluvial Festival
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Never been to Pampanga, often just hear it and often passes by going to Metro Manila. My brother is working at Pampanga and yet again never ...
Never been to Pampanga, often just hear it and often passes by going to Metro Manila. My brother is working at Pampanga and yet again never been there. In the town of Apalit every June 28 to 30 Apu Iro Fluvial Procession or libad was celebrated. I wanted to go there so bad and witness this one of a kind water festival, but unfortunately I couldn't because I have to meet all the accommodation establishments and tourism destination of my town for tourism policy making and the like.

Apu Iro: photo by: jejomar
Anyway, I have learned that the actual feast day of Sts. Peter & Paul is on June 29, the fluvial festivities are held the day before the fiesta, when the centuries-old ivory image of St. Peter or Apu Iro (sometimes Apung Iro or Apung Iru) is brought from the chapel in Sulipan to the town church; and the day after the fiesta, when the same image is returned to the chapel, in fluvial processions along the Rio Grande de Pampanga.

As soon as the image of Apu Iro nears the decorated pagoda, a mad splashing and water fight along the river banks ensues. Getting wet is the usual part, fun fun fun. The Knights of St. Peter in yellow uniforms swimming in the river, tugging onto the rope and pulling the pagoda towards its destination.

Yesterday, June 27 was the street dancing competition wherein different schools participated with colorful costumes and waving smiles in the air.

Totally missing this one :') too bad.
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