Parul San Fer­nando shines at JASA, ma­jor thor­ough­fares

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CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— The Christ­mas spirit is al­ready felt in the City of San Fer­nando as the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, headed by Mayor Ed­win “EdSa” San­ti­ago, for­mally lit the “Parul San Fer­nando” along Jose Abad San­tos Av­enue (JASA) and other ma­jor thor­ough­fares here, Mon­day night.

The cer­e­mo­nial light-up of lan­tern dec­o­ra­tions is an­nu­ally held to mark the be­gin­ning of Yule­tide sea­son in the city— dubbed as the Christ­mas Cap­i­tal of the Philip­pines.

Some 55 post lights were dec­o­rated with white lanterns while foot­bridges and fly­overs in the city’s ma­jor thor­ough­fares were adorned with col­or­ful tra­di­tional lanterns.

Lan­tern maker Roland Quiambao said this year’s con­cept is a mix­ture of modern and tra­di­tional style that high­lights the bright colors and in­tri­cate de­signs of the lanterns.

“Gu­mamit kami ng LED bulbs dun sa mga put­ing parol para mali­wanag silang tingnan. Tapos in­can­des­cent bulbs na­man yung gi­na­mit para doon sa mga makuku­lay na parol para mas tum­ingkad yung iba’t-ibang ku­lay,” Quaim­bao added.

For his part, San­ti­ago lauded the creative ef­forts of the tech­ni­cal work­ing group and the lo­cal crafts­man for pro­duc­ing as­ton­ish­ing lanterns that Fer­nandi­nos can be proud of.

San­ti­ago added that these lanterns are sym­bols of the new vi­sion of the city which states: “City of San Fer­nando (P), Home of the Gi­ant Lanterns, A Model City of Coun­try­side De­vel­op­ment.”

“Truly we are claim­ing to be the home of the gi­ant lanterns dahil ang mga parol na ito ang sum­isim­bolo sa at­ing pagig­ing kapampangan at Fer­nandino. Ang mga ito rin ang ku­makatawan sa at­ing maku­lay at matatag na kul­tura,” the city mayor ex­plained.

Also present dur­ing the event were Coun­cilors BJ Lag­man and Re­den Halili, mem­bers of the Gi­ant Lan­tern Foun­da­tion Inc. headed by Pres­i­dent Al­frito “Bong” Mah, Gi­ant Lan­tern Fes­ti­val 2017 Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee chaired by Gil Cortez, City In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tions Of­fice-OIC Engr. Reme­dios Ag­oncillo and other de­part­ment heads from city hall.


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