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".
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Celebrate your Christmas season with the San Fernando Giant Lantern Festival at Robinsons Starmills in the Christmas Capital of the Philippines, San Fernando, Pampanga.
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.
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 ...
Dubbed as the Christmas capital of the Philippines, Pampanga province celebrated the annual Giant Lantern Festival on Saturday night, December 16.
San Fernando City "home of the giant lanterns" danced in Christmas colors as different barangays (villages) competed to be the best lantern makers in the city.
The Giant Lantern Festival, also known as Ligligan Parul in the local dialect, usually coincides with the Simbang Gabi, the 9 days of Masses before Christmas. It started in 1908 and has been celebrated every year since then, except during the Martial Law years.
A total of 10 barangay ...
"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 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 ...