Join the much-awaited festivities as we toast Filipino craftsmanship at this year’s Giant Lantern Festival in San Fernando City, Pampanga. The annual festival coincides with the celebration of the city’s 110th year of Giant Lantern making excellence.
For over a decade, Robinsons Starmills has been the official venue partner of the Giant Lantern Festival. This beloved tradition continues this year.
Dubbed as “Ligligan Parul” (lantern showdown) in the Capampangan dialect, the Giant Lantern Festival is a showcase of the city’s rich and colorful lantern-making tradition, culminating in a competition among manually operated Giant Lanterns. Eleven barangays are vying for top honors in the Giant Lantern Festival, which features 20-foot-high lanterns containing as many as 10,000 bulbs each.
The astonishing creativity and excellent workmanship exhibited by lantern creators has earned the city its reputation as the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines” and “Home of the Giant Lanterns.” Locally, it also opened opportunities for the lantern industry and elevated the San Fernando Parol as a truly Filipino Christmas icon.
This year, the Giant Lantern Festival promises to be bigger and brighter! Get ready as the larger-than-life, spectacular, and breathtaking Giant Lanterns put the extraordinary talent of Filipino lantern makers in the spotlight once again. Find out who will emerge as winners at the Giant Lantern Festival on December 15, 2018! Program starts at 6:00 pm. The Lantern Exhibition will be from December 16 -21 a 7 pm; then from December 25 to 30 at 7 pm and from January 1-2, 2019 at 7 pm.