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A 50-year love affair with lanterns

A GIANT “PARUL” (Christmas lantern), a product of craftsmen from the City of San Fernando in Pampanga province, entertains spectators at the 2014 Ligligan Parul (Giant Lantern Festival). 

For all the feats that are credited to him by cultural heritage advocates, Ernesto Quiwa only wants to be called a “magpaparul”

Posted: December 17th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Giant ‘parul’ is about community honor

STAR OF BETHLEHEM No other place in the Philippines makes giant Christmas lanterns like the City of San Fernando in Pampanga province. Local craftsmen make replicas of the Star of Bethlehem that, as the Bible story goes, guided the Three Wise Men in their search for the Child Jesus. TONETTE OREJAS

Why would 10 villages in the City of San Fernando in Pampanga province spend at least P600,000 each to build a giant lantern when government subsidy amounts to only P170,000 each and the top prize is only P130,000 in this year’s 106th Ligligan Parul (Giant Lantern Festival)?

Posted: December 10th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Fighting the darkness after storm

LIGHTING, instead of cursing, the darkness. Sto. Niño Church in Tacloban City is aglow in Christmas lights. RICHARD A. REYES

The bright Christmas lanterns that light Sto. Niño Church seem to be out of place in surroundings that the word devastation isn’t enough to describe.

Posted: December 14th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Giant lanterns raise P1M for ‘Pablo’ victims

THE LANTERN of Del Pilar was adjudged the best because of its numerous lighting patterns and assembly of images that “danced” with the music. E.I. REYMOND T. OREJAS/ INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Within seconds on Saturday night, images of stars, fans, musical notes, bird wings, angels, trumpets and the flag of the Philippines flashed in bright colors, wowing the crowd that gathered in a shopping mall complex in this Pampanga capital for this year’s Giant Lantern Festival.

Posted: December 17th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

11 giant lanterns compete in 81-year-old festival

A LANTERN-MAKER from Barangay Sta. Lucia in the City of San Fernando in Pampanga fixes wires and bulbs to complete his village’s entry in the Ligligan Parul. E.I. REYMOND T. OREJAS/ INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

As the tradition of making giant Christmas lanterns in this Pampanga capital entered its 104th year, craftsmen vowed to display more colorful and innovative creations in a festival like no other in the Philippines.

Posted: December 4th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »