Philippines 2012 Giant Lantern Festival
via CC/Ramon Velasquez The Giant Lantern Festival
is held every year on the Saturday before Christmas Eve in San Fernando, what's known as the "Christmas capital of the Philippines.
The holiday visual treat for shoppers and spectators continues with the much-awaited Giant Lantern Festival
, which kicks off at Robinsons Starmills Pampanga on Dec 19, with nightly shows happening at 6:30pm and 7:30pm until January 6, day of the Three Kings celebration.
The design bore strong influences from the Masskara festival, Giant Lantern festival
, and the Flower festival, while the rest of the details were reminiscent of patterns used by ethnic performers.
Marquee Mall will feature an amazing fireworks display at the Giant Lantern Festival
Pangilinan defended the title, saying, 'The moniker Christmas Capital of the Philippines is rooted in our intangible heritage, manifested by the Giant Lantern Festival
, even before Paskuhan was established and became part of our built heritage.
That night, a huge crowd gathered to watch San Fernando's annual Giant Lantern Festival
highlighting another popular Christmas symbol-the parol or the star which guided the three wise men to the child Jesus.
For years, the giant lantern tradition in San Fernando has been sustained by the Giant Lantern Festival
Foundation through subsidies from the city government, Robinsons Starmills and a host of private companies and individuals.
San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago donated P250,000 to help build the lantern, in order to promote San Fernando and draw tourists to its yearly 'Ligligan Parul' or Giant Lantern Festival
The mall also houses an inter-regional bus terminal, making it a meeting point for various destinations in NCR, Central and Northern Luzon especially during two of the province's well known festivals, Sinukwan and Giant Lantern Festival
, which attract both local and foreign visitors.
Each of the participating villages received subsidies of P180,000 from the Giant Lantern Festival
Foundation and Robinsons Starmills, and a P100,000 grant from Gov.
These least known facts surfaced as craftsmen, including Ernesto Quiwa, 68, talked on the evolution of the craft for a research by the Giant Lantern Festival
The Ligligan Parul, or the Giant Lantern Festival
, is the top tourist attraction of the City.