Pampanga Lanterns light up the CCP

The ceremonial lighting of Parul Sampernandu, an exhibit of San Fernando Christmas lanterns was held recently at the façade of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The event was held in cooperation with the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Led by CCP President Raul M. Sunico, CCP Artistic Director Chris Millado, CCP Board of Trustee Ambassador Isabel Caro Wilson and San Fernando City Mayor Oscar S. Rodriguez, the program featured performances by the PPO Brass Quintet and Magsilbi Tamu Brass Band 919 and the City of San Fernando Quintet. San Fernando City Administrator Engr. Ferdinand Z. Caylao also led the countdown to launch the light and sound show. Manila mayor Alfredo Lim was among the guests who attended the event.

The San Fernando lantern display is the second at the CCP under a three year partnership between the CCP and the City of San Fernando, Pampanga. Under the project, the City of San Fernando provided craftsmanship and technical expertise in the production of lanterns---measuring 8 feet in diameter and all in white---following the overall design of Eric Cruz, head of the CCP Production Design.

San Fernando, Pampanga is known as the Christmas capital of the Philippines. The San Fernando parol is renowned for its large size, brilliant colors, and flashing kaleidoscopic patterns made possible by the intricate electrical circuitry fashioned by the craftsmen of San Fernando. The Ligligan Parul, or the Giant Lantern Festival, is the top tourist attraction of the City.

The San Fernando parols are on display at the CCP until January 6, 2013. (Photos by Orly Daquipil)

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