Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Unique Pinoy Feast: Apung Iro

June 28 just passed and the small town of Apalit in Pampanga celebrated one of the most unique feasts in the country, the feast of Apung Iro or grandfather, the name they call the miraculous old ivory statue of St. Peter seated on his throne vested in papal regalia, including the tiara and three bar papal staff.  Actually the feast runs from June 27 to June 30, where the famous fluvial parade is held.

 A close up of the statue.  His left hand is holding the gold and silver keys.  The stole though is placed above the cope which should have been the mantum, the cope proper to the pope, though has fallen into disuse after the Liturgical Revolution of Bugnini.

Here is the close up of the image.

The image being born in procession.  I do not know if the man know this but the pope has an ombrellino. :)

You can read more about the celebrations and the story behind the famous statue by clicking here and here.


  1. Hi! I am Nicole, researcher from Dis is Pinas, a cultural historical show from GMANewsTV. We are working on a Pampanga Episode and we are featureing Apung Iru. In line with this may we ask your permission to allow us to use the pictures above to support Apung Iru's story? Rest assured that the photos will be properly sited. (e.g. COURTESY OF THEPINOYCATHOLIC.BLOGSPOT.COM)

    I can send a formal letter, just give me your email address. :)

    Hoping for your kind consideration. Thank you!