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Giant Lantern Festival Philippines

December 22, 2012 by  

Giant Lantern Festival Philippines, Barangay Del Pilar ended Sta. Lucia’s winning streak on Saturday to reclaim the Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) crown.

The village, which previously reigned from 1983 to 1991, took home a giant star-shaped trophy and P120,000 prize.

Telebastagan placed second and got P60,000 while San Jose ended third and took home P40,000.

Del Pilar lantern maker Rainier DeVeraTurda said, “We used 8,500 bulbs worth P300,000, which is lesser compared to our P500,000-worth entry in 2011 where we ranked fourth. Also, we have nine rotors and none of it was broken.”

Electrician Antonio Manaloto said, “We had been preparing for two months, practicing almost every night to deliver the right colors, combination.”

The President’s sister, Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, was among the over 300,000 domestic and foreign spectators who witnessed this year’s Ligligan Parul (showdown of lanterns).

“Indescribable. You have to see it yourself and the program is getting better and beautiful,” Aquino-Cruz said.

One of the 12 judges, Kumiko Koroda – a musician and wife of the president of Asian Development Bank was so impressed she said she wanted to bring some of the lanterns to her hometown in Japan.

“Paper lantern” is common in parts of East Asia for over 300 years now.

In a message prior to the competition, San Fernando City Mayor Oscar Rodriguez noted, “Of all the unique traditions, the Ligligan Parul has proven to be one of the most enduring. It has now become entrenched as a tribute to the world-class craftsmanship of San Fernando’s parul (lantern) artisans.”

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