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Historical background: in December of 1931 Minalin was hit by scarcity of rice harvest because of drought. In the face of hunger pain, the old rich of Minalin decided to pool their food resources in order to welcome new year 1932 with a full stomach and a smile in their hearts. Thus the birth of Aguman Sanduk (fellowship of the ladle).

While women joined forces in cooking lelut manuk and kalame nasi, they dared men to do their roles without killing joy. (No K.J.) Accepting the challenge, men dared to cook and dress like women. Pushing the kalokohan & katuwaan stint farther, they crowned the ugliest among them with a lakal and gave him a ladle or sanduk as scepter. This funny ventures led to the Aguman Sanduk Festival which developed 78 years henceforth.

Aguman Sanduk is neither a gay issue nor a moral issue. It is simply a kalokohan & katuwaan stint and mainly a charity venture to alleviate hunger in time of crisis. Prime movers of the Aguman Sanduk are Marcos Pangilinan, Gaudencio Lagman, Aguedo Yabut, Pablo Yabut. Singers of the aguman sanduk katuwaan drama Are Monica Manansala, Belen Pangilinan and Feliza Angeles. Drama makers and directors are Celestino Macapinlac and Gervacio Macapinlac. First crowned Reyna ning Sanduk is Hilarion Serrano.

Aguman Sanduk is the miracle of sharing: pamisaupan king oras ning kasakitan, pamiganapan king oras ning kakulangan, pamaniman king oras ning kalungkutan at pamidamayan imbes na patayan. It is the way of peace and compassion. It is Minalin's way of welcoming New Year in the spirit of sharing and laughter. A very healthy psychological help to help a community move on through the year ahead of them. It defies traditional customs like wearing clothes with polka dots to attract wealth, loading our pantries with goods & groceries, filling our water jars & containers of salt & sugar to the brim, filling our pockets & wallets with money or exploding firecrackers to drive away evil spirits. Aguman Sanduk is Minalin's secret weapon of survival through thick and thin. It is also resolving conflicts through sharing of goods.

The same note was followed by Mayor Celestino Macapinlac in May 10, 1934. With Fr Esteban David, they moved to consecrate Minalin to the Sacred Heart of Jesus to avoid bloodshed between warring tenants and landlords. Later, on May 1, 1952, Archbishop Cesar Maria Guerrero launched the Cruzada ning Virgen de los Remedios (later Sto Cristo del Perdon joined) to unite Pampanga in peace and charity through missions and evangelization.

We look at Aguman Sanduk in the light of its historical origins. It is making fun and ability to smile in the midst of crisis. Katuwaan sa gitna na kahirapan. It is pushing the limits of boldness and audacity. It aims to promote peace and charity among the people through the fellowship of the ladle, something that we should do every day of the year.

Last June 20, 2008, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of consecration of Minalin to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Men and Women of the Sacred Heart of Minalin with their Parish Priest, Fr Greg Vega, inaugurated the Minalin Sacred Heart Compassion Center to continue the spirit of aguman sanduk as a continuing compassion activity of the parish. Sacred Heart Compassion Center is the service arm of the parish to attend to the needs of the seven corporal works of mercy. The Sta Monica Parish Sacred Heart Compassion Center aim to continue the spirit of Aguman Sanduk, which was started by our LORD JESUS, who was moved with compassion, when he multiplied five loaves and two fish to feed the five thousand, which was a miracle of sharing. Aguman sanduk is aguman abias, aguman lelut at kalame, aguman daing at tinapa, aguman tuyu at talangka, aguman tinape at tilapia, aguman sikanan, gelingan at kayatinan, aguman panulu at imalan para karing kalulu at mangailangan. Alang dumanup nung atin Aguman Sanduk. We aim to re-invent, rediscover, refocus and improve our cultural traditions. Luid ya ing Minalin! Luid ya ing pusung Kapampangan! Mabuhay! http://amanuningbie.com


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