CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some P2.1 million has been allocated by Robinsons Land Corporation to the Giant Lantern Festival Foundation as a means of assistance for this year's Pampanga Giant Lantern Festival (GLF).
The ceremonial turnover was led by Robinsons Land Corporation officials and officers of the Giant Lantern Festival Foundation headed by President Alfrito Mah.
Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan said that 11 villages will be competing in this year's celebration. These include barangays Pandaras, Sta. Lucia, San Nicolas, San Juan, Telabastagan, Sindalan, Calulut, Del Pilar, Sto. Nino and San Jose.
Each barangay will get a subsidy of P191,000 to help them with the technical and resource preparation for the lanterns.
Lantern makers, electricians and ordinary folk volunteer time and effort to make the lanterns beautiful and up to competition standards.
The GLF is a competition of 10 to 12 feet height lanterns that are made by barangays with standing lantern-making traditions.
The award is seen as recognition on top of the significance of the lantern industry here in helping local tourism and craftsmanship of local craftsmen and artisans.
This city's Giant Lantern Festival has been named first runner-up for Best Tourism Event, Arts and Culture category city level, during the National Pearl Awards held in Legazpi City in 2013.
In 2014, the GLF committee has made another historic first with the release of the first ever coffee table book chronicling the Giant Lantern Festival and a children's book on the world famous tourist attraction.