Tigtigan Terakan Queng Dalan: A Street Party Like No Other
Tigtigan Terakan Queng Dalan is one of the most popular celebration in Angeles City,
Pampanga held every last Friday and Saturday in October that features dancing and singing in the street. Many people even consider it as the local version of Mardi Gras.
With performances of local celebrity bands, and food stalls that serve various cuisine, there is so much activity to keep the
many visitors entertained all night long! The Angeles City Tourism Office together with the Kuliat Foundation organize this yearly event that more than 60,000 people attend.
History of the Tigtigan Terakan Queng Dalan
During the 1990’s, one of the most hazardous disasters struck the Philippines with the eruption of Mount Pinatubo. This disaster that almost destroyed the whole city drove the Americans away and closed the Clark Air Base, which brought surmountable misery to the people and the entire economy.
But because of the resilience of Filipinos, the disaster did not break the spirit of the people. And with the clarion call of “Agyu Tamu!” (We Can!), the mayor of the city Ed Pamintuan was able to create the first Tigtigan Terakan Queng Dalan in order to inspire the people further and not only try to survive, but to rise above the disaster. The first festival happened barely over four months after the destruction. It proved to be very successful and lifted the veil of grief from the eruption of Mount Pinatubo.
Ever since that time, Tigtigan festival continues to grow. The year 2011 was the first time that tourists locally and abroad became interested and started to attend. Since then, its popularity is still growing. It has attracted at least 60,000 people in the previous years to celebrate the strength and success of overcoming the disaster of Mount Pinatubo.
Current and Future Events
Even though the Tigtigan Terakan Queng Dalan Festival is a well-known celebration in Pampanga Philippines, it is not insensitive to tragedies that happen in the archipelago. Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 again tested the faith of Philippinos, but the festival was still held to celebrate the belief that life is still worth fighting for even after a terrible tragedy. And the Tigtigan festival shows that, like the Angelenos, turning this tragedy into triumph is possible. The festival also allows them to share their faith in God and the faith in the capacity of humans to keep moving forward.
The 2013 Tigtigan festival was held December 6-7 due to the October elections and the usual October festival date occurring at the same time. The city knew that the election and the subsequent liquor bans due to the election would unfairly affect the event.
Like the previous years, the ticket price of attending the Tigtigan Terakan Queng Dalan
is still cheap (usually 100php or about $2.50USD) and will occur at McArthur Highway, from the streets of Mon Tang Avenue and Flores street to Rivera Lim street. These roads are closed to all vehicles from ten in the morning on the Friday of the event and do not reopen until Sunday at 6 am. So if you are looking for a high quality festival that many people consider as the biggest street party in the Philippines comparable to the Mardi Gras, don’t miss TigTigan, on McArthur, just down from the entertainment hub of Fields Avenue, in Angeles City, Pampanga!
This event is part of the city’s month-long “Fiestang Kuliat”.
2011: October 28-29
2012: October 26-27 (20th)
2013: December 6-7 (21st)
2014: (not released)