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Giant Lanterns The Giant Lantern Festival of the City of San Fernando in Pampanga has continually attracted throngs of spectators from many parts of the country. Held annually every Saturday before Christmas Eve, the festival features a competition of dazzling gigantic lanterns pooled in one conspicuous area and displayed there for the duration of Christmas until the new year. As seen in the past editions of the festival, spectators cannot help but to get awed and thrilled by the competing giant lanterns with their colorful lights moving with captivating choreography. The origin of the festival was said to have dated back in the early 1900s when lanterns were just made of bamboo and other locally-available materials such as papel de hapon which later on was replaced by colored plastics. The lanterns measured just two feet in diameter, far from the 20 feet diameter lanterns that we see today in the festival. Truly, the festival has evolved from a mere simple activity to an ostentatious tradition in the province of Pampanga, with the competing lanterns getting bigger and better every year. Mounting a giant lantern is not an easy task. The construction of one is a product of a cooperative effort. Villagers work hand in hand, from concept and design, to the materials and labor – a proof of unity in the barrios. This year, the Giant Lantern Festival will be held on Saturday (December 17) and it is expected to draw thousands of local spectators and tourists as competing lanterns guarantee so much promise, with lanterns far better than entries in the previous years, a grand showcase of Fernandino talent in lantern-making. Ten Christmas lanterns will compete this year, each 20 feet in diameter and equipped with 4,000 to 8,000 colored bulbs. And with the time and effort spent by villagers in mounting such, whichever wins, the Giant Lantern will be an attestation that indeed the City of San Fernando is the Christmas Capital of the Philippines. William L. Beltran, PIA-3 Frank Cimatu, PDI - North Luzon Bureau

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Stranded dolphin was rescued by the BFAR and DA in Taggat, Claveria, Cagayan (photos by BFAR-2)

Vice-Governor and 2011 Pampanga Day Celebration Executive Committee Chair Joseller Guiao cuts the ceremonial ribbon for the formal opening of the trade fair, one of the highlights of the week-long celebration of the 440th founding anniversary of the province at the Olongapo-Gapan Road in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga

K to 12 Pre-summit Conference at the Baguio Teachers Camp with Department of Education officials led by Sec. Armin Luistro


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Dec. 12

Sangguniang Panlungsod (Pangasinan) Regular SessionDec. Sectoral Committee on Environment Meeting

Dec. 12

RDC- Initiated LGU Best Practices Validation in Laoag


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La Union Infocen's HDMF Fund Coordinator Meeting

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AREX Program/Induction of Officers at Hotel Ariana,

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Orientation/Consultative Meeting on the renewed campaign in preventing fireworks-related injuries, DOH Conference Hall, Carig, Tuguegarao City.

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DepEd Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC) Elementary and Secondary, Gattaran, Cagayan. RD Licas as evaluator on News Writing, Editorial Writing, Feature Writing, and Copy and Headline Writing.

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Christmas Party with Nueva Vizcaya Press Club

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Forum on Free Trade Agreements dubbed as “Doing Business in Free Trade Areas I-Market Approach”, Brickstone Mall, Tuguegarao City.

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Regional OTOP Fiesta Trade Fair, Theme: “Proud Ako Sa OTOP Ko…Kaagapay Ko Ito” Brickstone Mall, Tug. City


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DTI – One Town One Product (OTOP) meeting, DTI Cagayan

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Regional Population Executive Board (RPEB) Regional Inter-Collegiate Population Debate, Crown Hotel, Tug. City

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Dec. 15


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Regional Multi-sectoral Forest Protection Committee 4th Quarter Meeting, DENR, Tug. City

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