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Pampanga town scales down St. Peter’s feast to control COVID-19 spread

/ 12:03 PM June 22, 2021
Devotees carry life-size image of Saint Peter for a procession during feast in Apalit Pampanga

In the past years before the pandemic, thousands of devotees would carry the life-size image of Saint Peter, fondly called Apung Iru to folks, for a procession during its three-day feast in Apalit town, Pampanga province. (Photo by Tonette Orejas)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Still controlling the spread of COVID-19, officials in Apalit town, Pampanga have canceled processions during the three-day feast of St. Peter starting June 28.

For the second year, no libad (fluvial parade) and limbun (land-based procession) would be held, Mayor Oscar Tetangco Jr. said Tuesday, June 22.

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The river parade gathers thousands of devotees on more than 200 motorboats. The processions usually span five kilometers.

The life-sized image of the first pope of the Roman Catholic Church, fondly called Apung Iru to folks, had its first recorded fluvial parade 177 years ago in 1844.

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The image, which is made of wood, is owned by the Gonzales clan in Barangay Capalangan.

Tetangco said the restrictions include imposing a liquor ban beginning June 26. The mass would accept a limited number of people, he said.

As of June 19, Apalit had 799 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 53 active ones. At least 690 have recovered, and 56 died.

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