GLF chair: Lanterns ‘guid­ing light’ to the youth

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY NICOLE RE­NEE DAVID Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO - “These lanterns serve as the guid­ing light to chil­dren. Ev­ery time they see a lan­tern, they im­me­di­ately think of the City of San Fer­nando.”

Thus said Gi­ant Lan­tern Fes­ti­val Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee Chair­man Engr. Alex Pa­tio when he led the in­ter-school lan­tern pa­rade com­pe­ti­tion at the mini con­ven­tion cen­ter of He­roes Hall here in this city the other day.

The com­pe­ti­tion was di­vided into three cat­e­gories: el­e­men­tary, high school, and col­lege cat­e­gories, par­tic­i­pated in by 37 par­tic­i­pat­ing schools and uni­ver­si­ties lo­cated around the City of San Fer­nando.

“These lanterns make ev­ery­one think that they are the pride of our city. We like to keep it that way for cul­tural ref­er­ences,” Pa­tio said.

Pa­tio added that the event al­lows stu­dents to cre­ate lanterns made of re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als.

“With the use of these re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als, the chil­dren would see how recycling works, even in mak­ing lanterns. They would see that it’s not dif­fi­cult to cre­ate paruls, they just have to ap­ply their cre­ativ­ity to their work,” the chair­man said.

For the el­e­men­tary cat­e­gory win­ners, San Pe­dro El­e­men­tary School was named first place while Del Rosario El­e­men­tary School and San Pablo El­e­men­tary School won sec­ond and third places re­spect i vel y.

San Lorenzo Ruiz Cen­ter of Stud­ies and Schools bagged first place in the high school cat­e­gory, while San Ni­co­las In­te­grated School and Nues­tra Señora Del Pi­lar In­te­grated School came in sec­ond and third places.

Calu­lut In­te­grated School took the first place ti­tle in the col­lege cat­e­gory, while Dolores Stand Alone Se­nior High School and San Ni­co­las Col­lege of Busi­ness and Tech­nol­ogy won sec­ond and third pl aces.

Nicole Re­nee David

COL­LEGE CAT­E­GORY WIN­NER. First place awardee for col­lege cat­e­gory Calu­lut In­te­grated School flash the ‘Fer­nandino First’ sign with the City En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fi­cer Regina Ro­driguez, Gi­ant Lan­tern Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee Vice Chair­man Alexan­der Magsino, Coun­cilor BJ Lag­man, Tourism Of­fi­cer Ching Pangili­nan, and Gi­ant Lan­tern Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee Chair­man Alex Pa­tio dur­ing the in­ter-school lan­tern pa­rade com­pe­ti­tion at the mini con­ven­tion cen­ter of He­roes Hall on Tues­day.—

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