|Giant Lantern intricate detail|
|Last minute light check|
|Sta. Lucia emerged as the repeat champion|
|Runner-up Brgy. San Jose|
My other favorites were the entries from Brgys. Telebastagan and Calulut. While we weren't able to finish the evening program as we had to rush back to Manila via public transport and hopefully avoid being further gridlocked by rain-induced traffic everywhere, we weren't surprised to find out later that Sta. Lucia deservedly won first place. Second went to Brgy. San Jose and third to Brgy. Del Carmen. For their efforts alone, all the barangays were winners.
|Another one of my favorites -- the entry from Brgy. Calulut|
|2nd Placer Brgy. Del Carmen|
At a day and age when everything seems to have that high-tech gloss and are push-button-ready, it's good to know that some things and traditions remain the same -- including the hand-made stars that showcase the Kapampangans' talent for handcrafting and dazzle the human imagination.
Info: The Ligligan Parul 2011 opened last Dec. 17 at the Robinsons Starmills Mall in San Fernando, Pampanga. The giant lanterns will be on exhibit until Dec. 22 and again from Dec. 25 to January 3. To go there via commute: ride the bus headed for Olongapo (we rode the Bataan Transit bus which stops at the SM City Pampanga, P102, 1 1/2 hours travel time)
• See more of my giant lantern images here.
• Related reading: Pampanga Giant Lantern Festival 2009: Celebrating 100 years of Parol Making