Each of the lanterns in this year's 'Ligligan Parul' (Giant Lantern Festival
) 'danced' for seven minutes in sync with medleys of Christmas songs, tunes popularized by Japanese anime or Korean pop group Momoland's latest hits.
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." It's a competition of which village, of the eleven taking part, can build the largest, most intricate and beautiful lantern.
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 city of San Fernando in Pampanga province lights up for the Giant Lantern Festival
, locally known as 'Ligligan Parul.'
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.
The 'Ligligan Parul' (Giant Lantern Festival
), held in this Pampanga capital for the past 110 years, will no longer be an all-male event.
Ten giant lanterns expressed a collective hope for peace in Marawi City and the rest of the country during the 'Ligligan Parul' (Giant Lantern Festival
) here on Saturday.
Rotor, a local invention that provides giant lanterns their complex yet spectacular patterns of lights, still rules in today's staging of 'Ligligan Parul' (Giant Lantern Festival
), a tradition that dates back to 1908 in this Pampanga capital.
Marquee Mall will feature an amazing fireworks display at the Giant Lantern Festival
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.
The strongest proof was that the 'Ligligan Parul' (Giant Lantern Festival
), which was first started 108 years ago, proceeded on Dec.
The Ligligan Parul (Giant Lantern Festival
) at Robinsons Starmills here proved to be the first occasion when all competing entries from various villages beamed such messages, including one made famous by President Rodrigo Duterte.