Once again, the brightest and definitely the biggest “stars” will converge as the City of San Fernando stage the most colorful event this Christmas season – the Giant Lantern Festival locally known as Ligligan Parul which will be held on December 17, 2016 at Robinsons Starmills Pampanga.
With almost 20 ft. in height and more than 10,000 light bulbs, the giant lanterns are all set to surprise the crowd with their spectacular colors and play of lights synchronized with Christmas jingles and popular music. A total of ten barangays will participate in this annual event including the Barangays of Dolores, San Jose, San Juan, Sto. Nino, Del Pilar, Sta. Lucia, San Nicolas, Sindalan, Calulut and Telabastagan. Last year, Barangay Dolores bagged the most coveted title followed by Barangay Del Pilar and Barangay Sindalan.
- Based on the oral accounts of the Estanislao-David-Quiwa Family, the lantern making industry in the City of San Fernando was started in 1908 by Francisco Estanislao, a saltmaker from Barangay Sta. Lucia who used bamboo and coco cloth to create big lanterns.
- In the 1940’s, battery-operated lanterns were introduced by Severino David who was married to Fortunata Estanislao, daughter of Francisco.
- The rotor system, which is how the giant lanterns are currently operated, was invented by Rodolfo David in 1957 using steel drums and hair pins to operate the interplay of music and lights.
- It was in 1964 that San Fernando lanterns were made available for sale to the public giving birth to the now flourishing lantern-making industry in the city. (giantlantern.ph)
Here are some snapshots of previous years’ competing giant lanterns:
GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL FAQ
COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION SCHEDULE
To reach the City of San Fernando from Manila, hop on any bus bound to Bataan or Zambales like Victory Liner, Bataan Transit, Genesis or Saulog that have daily trips and alights at SM City Pampanga. Robinsons Starmills, the festival’s venue is just in front of SM Pampanga. Bus fare is Php 102.00.
To those who will be using private vehicles, take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and exit at San Fernando toll plaza to reach SM City Pampanga and Robinsons Starmills.
WHERE IS PAMPANGA IN THE PHILIPPINES
Philippine map by Eugene Alvin Villar (seav) – English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=767366