Organization - Center for Kapampangan Studies, Holy Angel University

Center for Kapampangan Studies, Holy Angel University
Basic Information
English Center for Kapampangan Studies, Holy Angel University
Local language
Country Philippines
Category Museum-Library-Research Center-Theatre-Publishing House
Domain Oral Traditions and Expressions
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Function Research
Established year 2002

The Center aims to study, preserve and promote the local culture and history of the Kapampangan-speaking region of Central Luzon, Philippines, which is threatened with extinction as a result of the region’s proximity to the Pinatubo volcano and the national capital of Manila. The Pinatubo eruption in 1991 and the subsequent lahar flows of 1991-1995 buried entire communities, forced mass evacuation and erased tangible and intangible cultural treasures. The national government’s campaign to nationalize language and culture, on the other hand, continues to threaten Kapampangan cultural heritage. Hence, the sense of urgency in the Center’s mission.


The Center for Kapampangan Studies is a museum, library, archives, theatre, research center and publishing house rolled into one, located inside the Holy Angel University in Angeles City, Philippines. Its advocacy work revolves around the study, preservation and promotion of Kapampangan culture and history, which it carries out in the form of publication of books, magazines and journals, production of films and music albums, exhibits, conferences, workshops, collections, instructional materials, radio and TV programs, resource-sharing with and technical assistance to government and non-government organizations, etc. It is recognized as a leading regional studies center in the Philippines due to the volume and quality of its output, and the various awards and recognitions it has reaped, including National Book Awards and trophies from the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Metro-Manila Film Festival, Animation Council of the Philippines, Young Critics Circle, etc.

Major Activities

The Center documents, studies and helps preserve cultural expressions such as folk songs, tales, poems, festivals, etc. through recording and performances as well as production of CDs and films. The Center conducts poetry writing competitions among students and veterans and publishes anthologies of poems. Our regular publications include the Singsing Magazine and Alaya Research Journal, which we send to various libraries here and abroad under a journal exchange program. Our book publications cover a wide range of topics, including history, grammar and vocabulary, science, translation, fiction, biography, poetry, children’s literature, cuisine, law, etc.

We partner with other regional studies centers and national organizations for benchmarking and national conferences, such as those with the Bulacan Studies Center, the Cavite Studies Center, the Philippine National Historical Society, etc. Our library contains special collections such as microfilm copies of the registros parroquiales (baptism, wedding and death records of Pampanga towns, some dating back to 1621), the 6,000-volume Ambeth Ocampo Filipiniana Collection, the Luther Parker Collection, Historical Data Papers (HDP), erecciones de pueblos, erecciones de gobernadorcillos, memorias and other documents from the National Archives, UP Library, National Library and the Archdiocesan Archives of Manila.

We also produce full-feature films such as Ari: My Life with a King (Best World Film of the Harlem International Film Festival in New York and MMFF New Wave Best Picture) and Brillante Mendoza’s Manoro, as well as animated films, 3-D animation, etc. and a weekly radio program promoting Kapampangan poetry, music and culture. Our facilities include the Pinatubo Museum, the Museum of Kapampangan Arts featuring hundreds of original sketches by National Artist Vicente Manansala; and a showroom featuring the death masks of Ninoy Aquino and Fernando Poe Jr. done by National Artist Napoleon Abueva.

The Center also assists the Archdiocese of San Fernando in its church heritage advocacies and the Provincial Government of Pampanga in its tourism program and annual search for the Outstanding Kapampangan Awardees. The Center also nominates Kapampangans to the Order of National Artists, the latest of whom is Jose Ma. Zaragoza, who was conferred the title (National Artist for Architecture), and leads centennial celebrations for notable Kapampangans such as Diosdado Macapagal and Rufino Cardinal Santos.

Lastly, the center advocates national recognition for obscure Kapampangans in history, such as the “Brave Youth from Macabebe” who was recently recognized by the national government as the hero of Bangkusay (not Rajah Soliman) and the first Filipino to die defending freedom, and Felipe Sonsong, the first Kapampangan candidate for beatification.

Contact Information (Organization)
Address #1 Holy Angel Avenue cor. Sto. Rosario St. Angeles City 2009, Philippines
Tel 63-045-888 8691 local 1312, 1369
Fax 63-045-888 2514, 63-045-888-1754

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