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The Grandest Kapampangan Giant Lantern Festival

“The parol of star lantern is perhaps the paramount Filipino Christmas symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season.”

The annual Giant Lantern Festival, also known as the traditional “Ligligan Parul,” has earned for Pampanga the title “Home of Giant Lanterns” and the distinction as the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines.”

Image: FB Page of the City of San Fernando Pampanga Tourism Office

Just recently, the grandest festival in the region was participated in by 12 villages, namely: San Agustin, San Pedro, Telabastagan, Bulaon, Calulut, Del Pilar, Sindalan, Sta. Lucia, San Jose, San Juan, San Nicolas, and Sto. Niño. Lantern makers had taken the traditional art of parol-making into a higher-level, which elicited great awe and amazement from spectators as they saw the craftsmanship and ingenuity of their creations.

Thousands of local and international visitors came to watch the thrills of the grandest lantern competition. Image: Courtesy of Ms. Desiree Ching

The Giant Lantern Festival is one of the grandest events in the province during the Yuletide season. It always brings the warmth and joys of Christmas. You can feel the true spirit of Christmas especially in a festival like this. No wonder, thousands of foreign and local visitors came to witness the annual competition.

Barangay Sta. Lucia emerged as this year’s champion and brought home the grand cash prize of PHP150,000.

Barangay Calulut was 1st runner-up and won PHP100,000; Barangay Del Pilar, second runner-up with PHP75,000 and Barangay Sindalan, third runner-up with PHP50,000.

Opening ceremony. Image: courtesy of Ms. Desiree Ching

The opening ceremony was graced by the Vice-President, Leni Robredo, officials of the City of San Fernando led by  Mayor Edwin Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, and City Councils. Santiago said San Fernando’s lanterns represent Fernandinos and the Kapampangans in general.

The City of San Fernando is a first-class component city in the Philippine province of Pampanga, of which it is the provincial capital.

Reference:, City of San Fernando website

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