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Pampanga lantern-maker pays tribute to frontliners helping fight COVID-19

/ 10:45 AM November 20, 2020

Medical and security frontliners get a colorful “thank you” through a lantern handcrafted by Roland Quiambao. (Photo courtesy of City of San Fernando Public Information Office)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO –– A 10-foot Christmas lantern expressing gratitude to medical and security frontliners has illuminated the facade of a civic center hosting an isolation facility for COVID-19 patients in this Pampanga capital.

“Thank You Frontliners” are the words etched on the lantern made by Roland Quiambao. It was first lit on Nov. 16.

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“I wanted to thank these people who care for patients infected by the virus,” Quiambao said in a phone interview on Thursday. “They face the risks of being infected, but they still care for the sick,” the 65-year-old artisan added.

San Fernando has 18 new COVID-19 cases and 195 active cases as of Nov. 18, a report from the provincial government showed. At least 741 people have recovered, while 34 had died.

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Many travelers will get to see the Thank You lantern because his team will transfer it to a flyover on Jose Abad Santos Avenue (Jasa) this Friday or on Saturday.

Quiambao has also designed a giant lantern beaming a message of “Heal the World”

The city government has begun featuring a 16-foot lantern in front of the Heroes Hall.

Made by Arvin Quiwa in 2019, it was repaired for this year’s display.

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