THE Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) Executive Committee bared on Monday, December 3, the activities for this year’s “Ligligan Parul.”
The 110th Giant Lantern Festival competition, is set on December 15, 6 p.m. at the Robinsons Starmills.
Other activities include the Giant Lantern Festival Trade Fair (December 1 to 31), Inter-Government Agency Competition (December 3 at 4 p.m.), Inter-Commercial Establishment Competition (December 3 to 5 at 6 p.m.), Inter-School Lantern Parade (December 4 at 5 p.m.), Inter-Village Christmas Decor Competition (December 5 to 7 at 6 p.m.), Giant Lantern Run (December 16, 5 p.m.), Lubenas (December 16 to 24), and Giant Lantern Exhibitions (December 16 to January 2, 2019).
The exhibitions will take place at different locations in Pampanga, which covers Robinsons Starmills (December 16-21, 25-30, 2018 and January 1-2, 2019), Telabastagan (December 22), Greenfields Square in Sindalan (December 23), in front of City Hall (December 24), and Marquee Mall (December 29-30).
Giant Lantern Festival Executive Committee Chairperson Engr. Alex Patio said that the Giant Lantern Festival is the grandest festival the City of San Fernando has ever conceived as it made millions of people around the world aware about it.
“There are only few days left for the event we are all proud of the Giant Lantern Festival competition. We are excited for you all to experience once again the back-to-back Giant Lantern Festival we prepared for you. I really hope that you all continue to support San Fernando’s big event,” Patio said.
For his part, Mayor Edwin Santiago stated that the Giant Lantern Festival will continuously preserve Kapampangan culture, and continue harnessing the talents of each lantern maker in the city.
“These talents would promote businesses among lantern makers. Lantern making is such a huge gift, for it made City of San Fernando earn its ‘Home of the Giant Lanterns’ and ‘Christmas Capital of the Philippines’ titles. These titles gave a whole lot of meaning to us, making us proud Fernandinos. Without this skill and creative minds of these lantern makers, we’re not going to have giant lanterns. The lantern makers are the people behind who formed our branding -- to be number one in lantern making,” Santiago said.