Mayor vows to recognize ‘Ligligan Parul’

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Mayor Edwin Santiago pledged to recognize and include in next year’s Giant Lantern Festival Barangay Panipuan’s version of the renowned “Ligligan Parul.”

“We were amazed by their version of the Ligligan Parul because all the seven entries this year are made of recycled materials. They closely resemble our gigantic Parul Sampernandu in size, plays, sequences and techniques,” Santiago said, as he extended P7,000 each to the participating “puroks.”

Council member Kim John Sagun, founder and chairman of the recycled lantern festival, told Sun.Star Pampanga that the “Panipuan Ligligan Recycled Parol” started in 2009 as a competition where bamboo stars measuring four feet were decorated with indigenous and recycled materials.

“But as years went by, the contest became more innovative such that the four foot-stars grew to eight and ten-foot lanterns with colorful bulbs and more intricate decorations,” he said.

Sagun added that beyond the competition and prizes is the advocacy to save Mother Nature.

“The objective of the festival is to show how much we love the environment. Plus of course, our way of celebrating Christmas in this side of the city, apart from unity and teamwork of our lantern makers,” he said.

The winners of this year’s 5th Ligligan Giant Recycled Parol are Purok 4, first place; Purok 5, second place; and Purok 3, third place.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on December 29, 2013.

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