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

  • Pampanga Lantern To Represent PHL At Jerusalem Festival Of Lights

    The Pampanga lantern or "Parul Sampernandu" made history as the official Philippine representative to the Jerusalem Festival of Lights at the Tower of David in Israel from June to July this year.

    This is considered a cherry on top as lantern-makers of Pampanga report brisk sales less than two weeks before Christmas Day.

    The Pampanga lantern was featured in prominent locations abroad, including Geneva's main train station, Gare Cornavin, to give residents and visitors a glimpse of Filipino culture.

    It was also reported that Filipinos as far as Ostend, Belgium, and Viareggio, Italy; Tor ...

  • Giant Lantern Festival Seen To Draw 100,000 Tourists

    Giant Lantern Festival Seen To Draw 100,000 Tourists

    The Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) is expected to draw 100,000 local and foreign tourists this year, organizers of the event said.

    The festival will be held at the Robinsons Starmills on December 15 and organizers see that the crowd will be bigger this year, GLF 2018 Executive Committee Chairman Alex Patio said on Monday.

    "We have prepared at least 10,000 chairs in the venue for the seating room, and it will be on first come, first served basis. But the area can accommodate at least 90,000 more for the standing room only as well as in the vicinity of the mall where the competition will sti ...

  • Festival To Feature First Lady Giant Lantern Maker

    Festival To Feature First Lady Giant Lantern Maker

    After more than a century, a rose has finally blossomed in the field of giant lantern making in the City of San Fernando with the entry of the first female lead lantern maker in this year's Giant Lantern Festival (GLF).

    Maryanne S. Torres is the rose among the 10 thorns of master lantern makers, including four-peat winner Teddy Aguilar, Rolando Quiambao and Ernesto Quiwa and Arvin Quiwa of the prominent giant lantern making clan.

    Torres is leading the 19-man team of lantern makers from Barangay San Jose, accompanied by head electrician Marcelino Ambrocio and rotor maker Rolando Ambrocio. ...

  • Giant Lantern Festival 2017 - San Fernando Pampanga

    Celebrate your Christmas season with the San Fernando Giant Lantern Festival at Robinsons Starmills in the Christmas Capital of the Philippines, San Fernando, Pampanga.

  • Pampanga Giant Lanterns To Light Up On December 16, 2017

    Pampanga Giant Lanterns To Light Up On December 16, 2017

    The GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL, one of the crowd drawer events in Pampanga, is set to light up the skies of City of San Fernando on December 16, 2017, at Robinsons Starmills Pampanga. Tickets are free and on a first come first basis.

  • Pampangas Giant Lanterns Light Up Sky

    Pampangas Giant Lanterns Light Up Sky

    Giant and brightly-colored lanterns lit up the evening sky as this years 'Ligligan ng Parul' took center stage Saturday at the Robinsons Starmills here.

    Thousands of local and foreign tourists flocked here to witness the annual festival that gave the city the distinction of being the Christmas Capital of the Philippines.

    The spectators were all eyes as the parol makers from barangays Dolores, Sta Lucia, Telebastagan, Sindalan, San Juan, San Nicolas, Calulut, San Jose, Del Pilar and Del Rosario showed their creativity and craftsmanship for the yearly competition of the best and grandest g ...