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Gapan City's
August 25, 2004
It had to be the wettest parade in Gapan City ever, in the wettest month of the year. Monsoon rains induced by two typhoons northeast of Luzon considerably dampened -- no, soaked! --  the 2004 Grand Tsinelas Parade held last August 25 to mark the Third Charter Anniversary of Gapan City.

The many noisy, colorfully clad contingents of elementary school street dancers and high school and college students  that were a feature of last year's parade were nowhere in sight. Also missed were the huge delegations from the city's different barangays, leaving those ever-loyal, blue-shirted, slipper-clad City Hall officials and employees to trod and slosh their way through the entire length of the parade practically all by themselves.


City Mayor Ernesto Natividad
in rain gear and obligatory tsinelas

Gapan City's First and Second Ladies lead
the parade participants.

At the tail of the parade:
Mutya ng Gapan 2004 Mariel Matias.

Digital photos and text by Ramon R. Valmonte
August 2004