Giant Lantern Festival

San Fernando City, Pampanga

The Giant Lantern Festival (Kapampangan: Liligan Parul) is an annual festival held in December (Saturday before Christmas Eve) in the City of San Fernando in the Philippines. The festival features a competition of giant lanterns. Because of the popularity of the festival, the city has been nicknamed the "Christmas Capital of the Philippines".

Giant Lantern Festival News

  • Giant Lantern Fest Represents San Fernandos Culture Heritage

    "More than showcasing the lantern industry of the city, our main goal in holding the annual giant lantern festival (GLF) is to share the culture and heritage of San Fernando to tourists."

    Thus said Mayor Edwin Santiago during the press conference held at the Heroes Hall here Monday for the forthcoming GLF 2017.

    Santiago said that every year, around 50,000 people coming from different parts of the Philippines and abroad come to this capital city to watch the biggest and the brightest competition of giant lanterns.

    With this, Santiago stressed that the city government is taking the oppo ...

  • SM City Pampangas Giant Lantern Of Hope Draws 30,000 Spectators

    SM City Pampangas Giant Lantern Of Hope Draws 30,000 Spectators

    SM City Pampangas Giant Lantern of Hope spectacle has managed to draw a 30,000 spectators in what could also be the biggest gathering of people for an outdoor fireworks event in Pampanga.

    With the tallest ferris wheel in the country as the backdrop, the 10-minute firework display managed to attract people from as far as Nueva Ecija, Bulacan and Tarlac provinces.

    Families from Bulacan and Tarlac came early on Friday morning to witness the event.

    Irene Cuenco, 51, said that her family had attended the two previous Lantern of Hope events. She added that attending the event has become a m ...

  • Traders Support Lantern Festival

    This city has launched an innovative way to enjoy the coming Christmas season and to attract more tourists to the 109th Giant Lantern Festival.

    The innovation includes the dressing-up of all business establishments holiday-style from Nov. 6 to the end of the year as part of the festivals annual celebration.

    Businesses that are to decorate their establishments are those along Jose Abad Santos Avenue, MacArthur Highway, Lazatin Boulevard, and other major thoroughfares of the city.

    This was contained in an executive order issued by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago last month under the First Inter ...

  • 11 Villages To Vie In Pampangas Giant Lantern Festival

    11 Villages To Vie In Pampangas Giant Lantern Festival

    Eleven villages will compete at this years Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) to be held on December 16 at the Robinsons Starmills here.

    This was announced on Monday by GLF 2017 chairperson Gil Cortez during the launching of the 100-day countdown before the most colorful festival in the countrys Christmas capital.

    The participating barangays are Calulut, Del Pilar, first-timer Del Rosario, Pandaras, San Jose, San Juan, San Nicolas, Sindalan, Sta. Lucia, Sto. Nino and Telabastagan.

    We welcome all of you in this grand event that is not a mere competition or attraction but a symbol of hope and ...

  • San Fernando LGU To Support Annual Lantern Contest With Subsidies

    San Fernando LGU To Support Annual Lantern Contest With Subsidies

    The city government wants to make sure that this years giant lantern competition and exhibition will be a successful event, so it is setting aside subsidy allocations to support participating teams this December.

    The City government allocated some P2.5 million, to be distributed equally to participating villages for the holding of the crowd gathering Giant Lantern Festival here in San Fernando, Mayor Edwin Santiago said shortly before the ceremonial lantern switch-on and signing of memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the city government, Giant Lantern Festival Foundation, Robinsons Starmi ...

  • 109th Giant Lantern Festival Set On Dec 16

    The 109th Giant Lantern Festival will again light this city's skyline on December 16 at a local mall here as the Giant Lantern Festival Foundation Inc. (GLFI) launched the 100 Days of Giant Lanterns as a way to count the remaining days before the event.

    The launching also featured the signing of the memorandum of agreement between GLFI officials and Laus Group?s CLTV 36 for the exclusive coverage of the festival. This year also features the Giant Lantern Festival Caravan Tours which features the touring of giant lanterns in different malls in Luzon.

    GLFI president Alfrito Mah said this y ...