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Lubenas, a Mabalacat, Pampanga tradition comes to Los Angeles

/ 11:18 AM August 18, 2023

Filipino Christmas lanterns. CONTRIBUTED

Filipino Christmas lanterns. CONTRIBUTED

LOS ANGELES – Children carrying paper lanterns on bamboo poles will lead the carroza of Virgen de los Remedios to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels during the Virgen de los Remedios 67th Canonical Coronation Anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 24.

The tradition called “lubenas” has been performed through the years since 1800, when folks process to the church plaza for the “Simbang Bengi.” This year’s hosts are the people of Mabalacat, Pampanga.

The province of Pampanga is also famous for its giant and colorful lanterns. On this occasion, Kapampangans are asked to carry their “parols” during procession: “With Mary let us share the light of Christ to the world.”

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In the Philippines, Christmas season begins in September when carols are played on the air and decorations are set up.

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His Excellency Socrates B. Villegas of the Archdiocese of Lingayen and Dagupan will be the presider, and Archbishop Emeritus Paciano B. Aniceto will co-preside.

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Prominent kabalens from Mabalacat who have been designated as Damas de Caridad and Caballeros de Cristo will march together with delegations from different parishes and towns, Marian movements, alumni groups and civic organizations.

Everyone is invited to join the procession, which will start at 2:30 p.m. from the Cathedral Plaza. Please come in traditional costume and bring flowers for the offering after Mass.

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