Lanterns out of trash

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Saturday, December 15, 2012


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Every year, the ingenuity of Kapampangans comes to the fore as they create something from nothing, like this Christmas season, when students from the City of San Fernando schools came out with beautiful “parols” straight out of trash bins.

During the annual Inter-School Lantern Parade -- which is a part of the world-renowned Giant Lantern Festival -- students and teachers marched Friday afternoon from the Pampanga High School campus to the City Hall with the lanterns made from plastic bottles, discarded seashells, recycled paper, tin cans , bottle tops and straws and even water lily that is abundant near a participating school.

“We are amazed by the ingenuity of these students. They have created world-class works of art with their own versions of the Parul Sampernandu from garbage, waste materials, recycled paper and even discarded plastic bottles. Nakakabilib talaga,” said lantern parade chairman Boy Pacla.

Senior City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan-Gonzales added that the spirit of the traditional lantern parade takes with it environmental protection and preservation.

“Through this traditional lantern parade where recycled materials are used, students get to be aware of environmental care. They learn recycling, waste segregation and put into good use discarded waste with this parols they made. It’s good to start them young too on creating the Parul Sampernandu as they carry on the tradition of lantern making in the city,” said Pangilinan-Gonzales.

The two-category lantern parade was participated in by San Agustin Elementary School, San Lorenzo Center of Schools and Studies, Northville Elementary School, San Jose Panlumacan Elementary School, Dela Paz Norte Elementary School, Camp Olivas Elementary School, ASDPIS and Pampanga High School.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on December 16, 2012.

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