Belen | @kapampangan.words

If Pampanga is the home of the parul (Christmas lantern), the province of Tarlac on the other hand is known for its belen (nativity scene) and yearly Belenismo or the tradition/art of making belén. This spectacle of hope is another attestation to Indung Kapampángan (the Kapampángan Motherland) being the center of Christmas culture in the Philippines!

BELEN • (beh-LEHN)
Christmas nativity scene
Tagálog (Filipino): belén

Belen Capital of the Philippines:
Province of Tarlac
The province of Tarlac is known for its belenismo or “the art of making belen” and holds the annual Belenismo sa Tarlac competition where life-sized illuminated belen are made by different towns and groups.

“Belen” comes from Belén, the Spanish word for Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ.

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